Psychology and computer science major Kimberly Taylor '20 is measuring different components of resilience in students who participate in afterschool programs at local elementary schools in a one-year fellowship with Walla Walla Public Schools 21st Century Community Learning Centers.
In her position as community resilience fellow, Taylor serves in a supporting role for the youth in afterschool programs and is conducting resilience research on the impact after school programs have on students. Her passion for working in schools was ignited before she even began classes at Whitman College. As a first-year student, she participated in a Summer Community OutReach Excursion (SCORE), a pre-orientation program sponsored by the Student Engagement Center. In her three years at Whitman,she has also been involved in Whitman Teaches the Movement and America Reads America Counts. Her fellowship is part of the Student Engagement Center's Community Fellows program, which offers funding to juniors and seniors to partner with prominent Walla Walla Valley organizations addressing some of the area's social, economic and cultural challenges.