High Point University senior, Emily Yacuzzo, has been named the North Carolina Campus Compact’s winner for the 2019 Community Impact Student Award (CISA).
HIGH POINT, N.C., Jan. 17, 2020 – Emily Yacuzzo, a High Point University senior and a city of High Point native, has been named the North Carolina Campus Compact winner for the Community Impact Student Award (CISA). The CISA is awarded to those who have made efforts to make a difference in the community.
North Carolina Campus Compact is a statewide network of colleges and universities that are committed to community engagement. The CISA recognizes one student leader at each member school.
Yacuzzo is one of the 22 students across the state to receive the 2019 award. She has served with the HPU Bonner Leader Program for four years and has successfully helped start the after-school program at Macedonia Family Resource Center in High Point. She also helped create the Candidate’s Forum that is hosted each year on-site. As a political science major, she wanted to ensure that underrepresented neighborhoods had full access to city council representatives.
“To me, receiving this award means that I’m doing something right,” says Yacuzzo. “I’m doing work in the High Point community, which is my home community, that is meaningful to the citizens here. I specifically focus on politics, and a lot of my work at Macedonia Family Resource Center has centered on connecting our neighborhood with city council representatives. To me, it is incredibly important for constituents to be well informed about politics and to have the knowledge and agency to influence it. People are the power in this country, and if we want to see change happen then we have to educate ourselves and speak out on issues that we care about.”
Rev. Mary Beth Foust, assistant director for civic responsibility and social innovation at HPU, nominated Yacuzzo for the award.
“We are grateful for Emily’s leadership, for her steadfast dedication to making the Bonner Program a priority among her commitments and for her diligence in communication and care for the community of High Point,” says Foust. “We are especially grateful for her care for the community in the south side surrounding the Macedonia Family Resource Center.”