Through his study of American Politics, Jake Houle has focused on the educational obstacles facing many Americans, and he does his part to give our youngest students an advantage by serving as a Jumpstart Corps member at the SMILE preschool in Roxbury.

Jake HouleThrough working with these children, Houle has learned about "the shortcomings of our educational system,” and serving with Jumpstart has changed his view of people who come from different backgrounds and experiences.

“The conversation surrounding the demographic that is more likely to utilize government aid is ravaged with untrue and harmful stereotypes and falsehoods,” he said.

The S.O.U.L.S. Service-Learning Center has honored Houle, a sophomore from Warrenton, Virginia, as a volunteer of the month for his dedication to Jumpstart and for his service as an outreach project leader, an Alternative Spring Break trip leader and a volunteer in the Alternative Winter Break service journey to El Salvador.

Whether through a one-time project or an ongoing involvement in service, Houle believes that everyone can make a difference somehow.

"I believe in a universal sense of humanity and that we, in fact, are all part of one human family" he says.

He encourages others to give back in a way that leads to spiritual, emotional, intellectual and even physical growth.

"Not only is service a rewarding and rich experience for you as an individual, it is also a phenomenal opportunity to meet new people and make new friends." he says.