Helping volunteers become better civic leaders 

Stacy McAfee, the University of Phoenix’s Bay Area campus director, recently participated in a volunteer cleanup day at San Francisco’s Burton High School. The beautification event was part of a plan to train volunteers across the nation to be better civic leaders.

What is the Road to the Gulf program? It’s a civic pathway that the University of Phoenix is leading in cities across the country, with the program eventually ending in a major conference in New Orleans later this year. In each city we stop at, we try to train local volunteers to lead projects that can enhance their communities.

What does training entail? We provide a stand-alone session that offers information about how to lead your own projects. Plenty of people are interested in volunteering and helping out their communities.

What kind of work was done at Burton High School? We kicked off our Road to the Gulf program here in San Francisco. We painted an entire hallway at Burton, did some gardening and landscaping, helped the school move thousands of pounds of stage equipment, and packed up ecology kits that we plan on sending down to New Orleans. It was a great experience.

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