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A message from our

Director of Community Outreach

 

Hi friends!! My name is Chichi Okeke, and I am super excited to serve as the 2023 Director of Community Outreach for the USC Helenes!

 

One of the first things that originally drew me to this incredible organization was how dedicated and enthusiastic everyone seemed about serving others. I am over the moon to have the chance to continue upholding our service pillar, as well as hopefully find new ways to expand our impact on our Los Angeles communities!

 

From creating snack packs and period care packages for organizations like the Downtown Women's Center or Cathartic, to caring for kittens at Charm City Shelter and helping the Urban Farm garden grow, Helenes strive to bring compassion and love throughout southern California in a wide variety of ways. We also work with other USC organizations, such as Trojan Dance Marathon, MadHatter Knits, Troy Camp, and more! There is an abundance of ways Helenes get involved in our service pillar and our commitment to philanthropy, and we're always looking for more ways to help our community. If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns about our service pillar, feel free to contact me!

 

Helenes love and all of mine,

Chichi Okeke (she/they) 

helenescommunityoutreach@gmail.com

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A message from our

Director of Youth Engagement

 

Hello everyone! My name is Stephen John Serrano and I am your 2023 Helenes Director of Youth Engagement!

 

One of the main service opportunities Helenes gets to be a part of is the Junior Helenes program. Junior Helenes is an extra-curricular club for high school students at 32nd Street School, located right across the street from USC. In Junior Helenes and Junior Knights, high school students, Helenes, and Trojan Knights engage in a range of community service activities, work on personal and professional development through various exercises and workshops, and grow in friendship through fun meetings and field trips. Not only do the Junior Helenes and Junior Knights benefit from mentorship and guidance throughout the high school experience and college application process, but Helenes and Trojan Knights also develop as leaders and community members through our meaningful relationships with the high schoolers.  

 

Junior Helenes meets every Friday afternoon. During meetings, we could be doing icebreakers, discussing the realities of high school and college life, completing community service projects, or simply having fun! Other Junior Helenes events occur throughout the week and on the weekend to accommodate busy schedules and incorporate off-campus programming. You can find us eating lunch together in the USC Village or on campus, hiking, touring different nearby universities, watching a movie, or serving the community by doing a beach cleanup or playing soccer with Kicks for Kids.

 

We are currently in the process of rebuilding the program so any questions and suggestions are welcome! In addition to Junior Helenes, we also have weekly tutoring with students at 32nd Street.

 

If you have any comments, concerns, or want to get involved with Junior Helenes or tutoring, feel free to contact me!

 

Helenes love and all of mine,

Stephen John Serrano (he/him)

jrhelenesdirector@gmail.com

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