Toppel Day of Service

Toppel staff gathered near the Shalala Student Center and "throwing up the U" on Toppel Day of Service.
Toppel Day of Service is an annual event that brings together students, employers, and UM staff on a day-long service project for the greater Miami community. Collaboration and a passion for improving the lives of others are at the heart of Toppel's values, and Toppel Day of Service is one demonstration of this. Recruiters and other professionals attend to demonstrate their organizations' values as well, allowing them to better connect with UM students.

 

In April 2018, Toppel Day of Service was planned in partnership with United Way, Yellow Rose Society, and the Butler Center for Service. Students, employers, and UM staff came together to serve and make an impact on elementary and middle school-aged children at the Overtown Youth Center, located in Miami’s most historic inner city. The day’s events included making slime, coasters, and bracelets, an Art Bot STEM experiment, corn hole, basketball, and a splash challenge. The event culminated with a newspaper fashion show, where the youngsters showed off the their clothing designs! 

 

Here’s what some of the participants had to say about the event:

 

  “As a thirty-year veteran of the U.S. Department of State's Foreign Service, my overseas experiences have shown me over and over that one of American society's unique characteristics is our dedication to community service and volunteerism. Having just returned to Miami eight months ago, I was proud to participate in the University of Miami's Toppel Day of Service at the Overtown Youth Center. The enthusiasm of Toppel's volunteer students brought home to me how generous we are as a people, and demonstrated that the love of serving others carries on in the young generation of future leaders being mentored by Toppel. This was time very well spent and I will gladly participate again!”

-- Monique Quesada, U.S. State Department

 

  “Toppel Day of Service was organized, engaging, and fun. As a recruiter, the experience allowed me to leverage relationships with students interested in service that helped cultivate meaningful contacts for City Year recruitment. I enjoyed watching first year students benefit from the impact the service had on the youth OYC serves and look forward to attending future service days held by the Toppel Career Center.”

-- Karina Ureña, City Year Miami

 

“Partnering with Overtown Youth Center in order to impact children’s lives was life changing for me. It hits home to go into a community of minority kids and share experiences with them and see them smile just from our interactions. Seeing the little black and brown girls and boys allows me to reflect on my own experiences and growing up in the metro Atlanta area. There were days that (older) students would come into our community center and interact with me in order to help me explore various scholarly, artistic, and life avenues. Those experiences hold true to me as I continue to grow. It's a blessing to be able to do the same and give back to the students at OYC the same way that those before me gave back to me.”

-- Symone Phillips, Junior, Majoring in Marketing & Management

 

 “It was our pleasure to have you and the students here. The engagement and connections were wonderful. We would love for you to come again.”

-- Zelda Williams, Overtown Youth Center

 

Keep a lookout for updates regarding Toppel Day of Service 2019!