Two years ago, Lakeland Community College organized the first AFP Community College Collegiate Chapter in the country. Today, the Lakeland chapter is still the only collegiate chapter in Northeast Ohio. Students’ career interests range from development to human services. Other student members are simply interested in learning more about the nonprofit world, and the crucial impact philanthropy has within the community.
When students return to Lakeland’s campus in late August, a core group of current AFP Professional Chapter members will begin a recruitment effort to help grow this chapter, specifically designed for students.
The AFP Cleveland Chapter has also been talking with representatives of other colleges in Northeast Ohio, to gauge their interest in forming their own collegiate chapters. While still in the development phase, AFP is considering the creation of an umbrella collegiate chapter that would encompass the entire metropolitan area. Plans would also allow for students at colleges that do not yet have established chapters to participate in AFP events, under the umbrella group.
If you’re a student or affiliated with a college or university in Northeast Ohio, and would like more information about AFP collegiate chapters, please contact Kim Holloway at firstname.lastname@example.org.