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MLP Graduate Assistant, Jack Thorman, receives Coffelt Public Service Award

The Coffelt Public Service Award funds research-based community service projects intended to help both UVA students and youth in the Charlottesville community find meaning by engaging in a mutually beneficial collaboration. The award emphasizes both public service and research such that UVA students and non-profit partners learn from each other as they plan and execute annual projects to benefit children in the Charlottesville-area community.

Jack ThormanJack Thorman, Men's Leadership Project Graduate Assistant, was one of two people awarded the Coffelt Public Service Award this year. Our Men's Leadership Project partners undergraduate UVA men with middle school boys from the Charlottesville community. The big brothers and little brothers build strong, respectful relationships that help them both to grow as leaders in their  schools, communities, and families. The Coffelt Award will provide support for the Men's Leadership Project, helping the program continue to grow and succeed.

This award was established by UVA College alumnus Robert M. Coffelt, Jr. in honor of his mother, Annetta J. Coffelt and his father, Robert M. Coffelt.  Having grown personally as a member of the Alpha Phi Omega (A.P.O.) community service fraternity and the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society, and through his previous work on a U.Va. psychiatric ward, Mr. Coffelt desires to instill in current students the importance of giving of themselves to the community in which they live. In December of 2014, Mr. Coffelt formally asked that OpenGrounds hold an annual competition for the Service Award. Through conversations with Founding Director Bill Sherman, Mr. Coffelt recognizes that OpenGrounds offers the ideal network and structure to use the award in a way that will generate significant impact for university students and the communities they serve.

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