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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 2/10/04
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STUDENT TO ATTEND SERVICE INSTITUTE -- Southeastern Louisiana University student Jamie  Breaux, left, a junior special education major from Rayne, will attend the 2004 Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service in Washington, D.C. this summer. A service veteran at Southeastern, Breaux currently is working with Southeastern education professor Cynthia Elliot, right, to research the impact of service learning in Southeastern education curricula.

      HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University student Jamie Breaux, a junior special education major from Rayne, is one of only 35 students nationwide who have been selected to attend the 2004 Institute on Philanthropy and Voluntary Service this summer in Washington, D.C.
      The institute, scheduled for June 7 to July 31 at Georgetown University, is an intensive eight-week academic and internship program for college undergraduates engaged in tutoring, mentoring, and other kinds of service programs on and off their campuses, and who are interested in exploring careers in the nonprofit sector.
      Breaux was one of the original corps members for Southeastern’s Jumpstart program, which is part of a national initiative designed to ensure that every child enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart participants become AmeriCorps members and work one-on-one with a Head Start student. Breaux also served as a Jumpstart team leader and helps recruit new corps members. 
      Breaux is now working as an undergraduate researcher with Southeastern teacher education professor Cynthia Elliot to explore the impact of service learning in the redesigned PK-3 certification program in early childhood teacher education.
      “Jamie is an  outstanding teacher candidate and has already made an impact at Southeastern and in the community,” said Elliot. “She will represent Southeastern well.”
      “Service is a big part of my life. I get so much joy out of it,” said Breaux. She said her ultimate goal is to open a school for disadvantaged children, “so that they can realize their potential as future leaders.”
      In addition to being accepted as an institute participant, Breaux has also been selected to receive a $3,500 scholarship.