Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholar Spotlight: Brigette Forte

By Tom McLaughlin

Since its inception in fall 2011, the Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars program has partnered with more than forty organizations in the university’s host city, with Civic Scholars – committing 300 hours of community service in an academic year – contributing to projects and initiatives ranging from community building, healthcare, volunteer recruitment, homeless outreach, youth program enrichment, college access, and urban environmental justice.

On May 21, nine Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars will be the first from this fast-growing and indispensable cadre of volunteers to graduate from Rutgers–Camden – including four from the original cohort: Amy Mallon, Shaili Patel, Angelica Shaw, and Russell Tichian.

In a series of portraits, these exemplary humanitarians share their invaluable experiences and lessons learned, and offer words of advice for others interested in taking this personal pledge of service.

Brigette Forte
Majors: Criminal Justice and Sociology
Hometown: Cape May
High School: Ocean City High School

brigette-copyInspiration to Serve

I was already volunteering and discovered that the Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars program was the perfect opportunity for me to do my civic duty and help whenever I could.

Primary Roles

I volunteered for Jumpstart, an educational program run by the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers–Camden, as well as The Neighborhood Center in Camden. At Jumpstart, I helped out the teachers, and taught and assisted 3- to 5-year-old students with their learning fundamentals. The experience enabled me to learn a lot about children and how to better help them. At The Neighborhood Center, I helped out in the kitchen preparing the lunches.

No Substitute for Experience

I will take the experiences I gained from being a Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholar and will continue to help and volunteer whenever I can.

Bridging the Gap

I see Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars as serving a positive role in Camden and the South Jersey region. The program bridges the gap between Rutgers–Camden and the surrounding community.

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