HumanTouch Student Leadership Project
July 30, 2013
July 30 – August 2, 2013

Venue: NYC

Contact: Farzan Gorgani, M.S.- President .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Campus(es): Other - -

The American Osteopathic Foundation, along with NYC's Habitat for Humanity, is holding its annual HumanTouch Student Leadership Project in Staten Island, NY this year to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. This is an amazing opportunity for our students to join other osteopathic medical students from across the country to help our fellow New Yorkers in their time of need.

Last year we were tied for the school to send the most students to the leadership project; that was in California, this is right in our backyard. Let's show the whole country our devotion to community service by being the school with the most students there this year!

Please see the information below from the AOF and visit the following link to complete the application. The deadline is approaching fast on July 1, 2013.

The purpose of the HumanTouch Student Leadership Project is to promote leadership, teamwork and cultural competence. Participants will work with the Habitat for Humanity of New York City to make necessary repairs on homes affected by Hurricane Sandy. The goal of this project is to inspire, motivate and empower osteopathic medical students to participate in public service projects that benefit communities in need and promote leadership within the osteopathic profession.

Any osteopathic medical student who is a current member of the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) and/or the Council of Osteopathic Student Government Presidents (COSGP) and has successfully completed his/her first-year of studies at an AOA accredited college of osteopathic medicine is eligible to participate on this project.
Applicants must have a desire to help the less those in need and must submit a short post trip report and short story about their experience, which may be used in various AOF publications or on its web site.

Project Information
The AOF’s 2013 HumanTouch Student Leadership Project will provide support for up to 35 osteopathic medical students to travel to the New York City (Staten Island, NY) on July 30, 2013 to serve as ambassadors of the osteopathic profession. Students will work daily with Habitat for Humanity to repair homes in Staten Island. The AOF will cover your hotel (double occupancy), daily breakfast & lunch and a wrap-up celebration dinner on Thursday evening. Participants will be on their own for meals not listed. Each student will also receive up to $250 to help defray travel costs.
All students will be notified via e-mail by July 8, 2013, so travel arrangements can be made if necessary. If approved, each participant will be required to sign Volunteer Release and Waiver of Liability forms from both Habitat for Humanity of New York City and the AOF. All approved participants will receive an AOF HumanTouch Student Leadership Project packet explaining all the details. No experience is necessary, but work boots are required.

Application Requirements
Complete packets must be received before July 1, 2013 - Incomplete Packets will not be considered
The following should be sent, in one complete packet, to the AOF:
Completed Application Form
Personal essay (see below for content of this section)
Proof of current membership in SOMA and/or COSGP
Proof of health insurance

Personal Essay
The applicant shall provide a short essay stating why you are interested in this project and what you expect to gain from the experience. The essay should be not more than 1 page in length with one-inch margins, using a font no smaller than 10pt and 1.5 spacing.

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