GRAND TRAVERSE SPARTANS – SERVICE TO UNDERTAKE POSITIVE COMMUNITY CHANGES
Spartans have a mission to give back to the towns and cities in which we live. As we plan for the 2018 Global Day of Service on April 21, we reflect on past alumni club service projects that have made positive changes in our communities.
In 2017, the Grand Traverse Spartans alumni club participated in a training program to prevent and identify child sexual abuse.
The idea for this project stemmed from an event attended by alumni club leaders. Fostering Hope, an event hosted by the MSU Alumni Association, featured MSU alumna and author Shenandoah Chefalo, and MSU School of Social Work Director, Steve Anderson.
Chefalo, who was once a child in the foster system, discussed the importance of normalizing trauma for more open conversations, opportunities to better support children who have experienced trauma, and general statistics on foster care. Attending this touching event inspired the Grand Traverse Spartans to participate in a service project their community was passionate about.
In partnership with the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center (TBCAC) and the Grand Traverse Pie Company, the alumni club organized Spartan “Team Zero”. Spartan alumni and friends were given the opportunity to attend training to further educate themselves on the issue of child sex abuse in their communities and become a member of Spartan “Team Zero”.
Team Zero helps to end child sexual abuse by talking about sexual health, protecting children from abuse, and reporting suspected abuse. The ultimate goal is to bring the rate of child sex abuse down to zero. TBCAC’s Team Zero is partially financed by a financial commitment from the Office of the President on behalf of Michigan State University via the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. By utilizing an already established program, the Grand Traverse Spartans were able to take a project with a solid foundation to the next level.
The Grand Traverse Spartans leadership knew their community was passionate about the issue of child sex abuse and decided to use the 2017 Spartan Day of Service to be part of the solution. With the club’s help, dozens more community members became a part of Spartan “Team Zero” and will work to further diminish the rate of child sex abuse until it ceases to exist.
To find out how you can get involved, make a difference, and participate in the 2018 Global Day of Service, go to serve.msu.edu.
To get involved with your local alumni club, go to alumni.msu.edu/get-together/alumni-clubs/club-locator.cfm
Contact information for the Grand Traverse Spartans:
Craig Rosenberg (Agriculture and Natural Resources ‘85), firstname.lastname@example.org