“The CCSR has meant the world to me over these past two years. Prior to joining there was an
excessive amount of self-reflection of my life that felt more like self-punishment. I was ashamed
to be someone who had nothing to show as their contribution to the world, a crushing feeling,
even as a 15-year-old. When I was introduced to the CCSR I realized there was a path to
improving the world that was not only accessible within my school, but also provided a sense of
community which I craved.
Over my time in my CCSR, I learned that I truly want to help the
world and those in need. I learned that fighting for issues that are important to me provides an
unmatched sense of emotional pride. I learned that I can make a difference now, not necessarily
10 years down the line. Through collaboration with other students, I learned that I am not alone.
There are other students that share my passions for service and improvement.
Emotionally, the CCSR has emphasized and improved what I have come to find as a crucial trait: empathy. You
gain perspective in your service project by seeing what it is you’re improving, which leads to
empathy in the struggles of others. An example is the Medford Slavery Memorial Project. By
commemorating buried slaves in Medford with a marked gravestone memorial and having a
celebratory ceremony, this CCSR project showed me the impact of slavery within our
community and on black culture firsthand. I had a closer view of their struggles through poetry,
speeches, and readings that, had it not been for the CCSR, I may not have experienced. What I’ll
miss most about the CCSR is its reliability and community. Since the moment I joined, I knew
this was a place where anyone is accepted with any idea. You don’t have to prove yourself to
anyone, all you have to do is show that you care about making the world a better place. This
fosters a community of hundreds of students with a basis of kindness and empathy, which is hard
to find anywhere else.”
Joey Ruemenapp – CCSR Co-President, Medford High School Junior, 17 Years Old