2 Utah students named Newman Civic Fellows

Published: Saturday, April 14 2012 1:21 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Two Utah students have been named as Newman Civic Fellows.

Westminster sophomore Carolina Silva and Weber State University junior Patricia Erdman are two of just 162 students nationwide to be honored with the distinguished recognition.

Silva has been a teaching assistant at Youth City, Hawthorne Elementary, and the Math Math Revolution Camp. She also serves as a mentor at Westminster and with Ocho Pasos, a gang intervention and educational program within the juvenile justice system.

She created a tutoring program called Little Griffins in a local Title 1 elementary school. In addition to school, she has volunteered at the Westminster organic garden, the Theatre Society, Circle K, and Habitat for Humanity.

Erdman began a food distribution program three years ago that has served over 5,000 low-income families. The full-time student and mother of three orchestrated daily and weekly distribution of food to apartment complexes through her partnership with a local church. Her next plan is to add produce and dairy to the deliveries.

The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country. The awards are an initiative of Campus Compact, which is a national organization that aims to improve community life and promote student engagement in civic and social responsibility.

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