Megan enjoys serving at many different levels. While attending the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, she initiated and helped organize a town-wide park cleanup on National Youth Service Day. This effort involved four hundred volunteers who on that day planted over sixty trees, numerous bushes, and many flowers, among other projects. One group of students dove in the lake and removed forty-six discarded tires from the lake floor. Megan also helped local town leaders raise over $30,000 to finance the revitalization of the park. Most of all, Megan remembers the impact that volunteering had on her and many of her friends. She remembers how several students approached her at the end of the day saying, “This was the best day ever. I never knew what if felt like to be a part of something that really made a difference.”
On that day, Megan realized that all youth have a need to serve. Shortly after, Megan was appointed to her local United Way Board of Directors and asked to join the Youth Partnership Team of America’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, the nation’s largest multi-sector collaborative dedicated to the well-being of children and youth. As a member of the Youth Partnership Team, Megan influences national youth policy, and as one of the youth members on the Alliance’s Board of Trustees, she works alongside the heads of service organizations that are partners in the Alliance. Megan also serves on the National Youth Council and the Board of Directors of Youth Service America, sponsor of National and Global Youth Service Day, furthering her advocacy for meaningful youth service. In addition to her service activities, Megan was also very involved in student government and served as honor council chair at her high school. She lettered all four years in lacrosse, and captained the team her senior year as they won the state championship, earning her the designation of All-State First Team and All-American Second Team.
Megan feels incredibly blessed to be a part of the Ingram program and eagerly anticipates the service opportunities available at Vanderbilt and the Nashville community. She hopes to become involved with mentoring programs, such as Synergy and VanderBuddies. Megan also hopes to become involved with Alignment Nashville to help address the high school dropout crisis here in Nashville and across the nation. Megan feels truly blessed by all of the gifts and opportunities her life has presented and hopes that she can make a difference while at Vanderbilt by helping others utilize their gifts and find opportunities to serve.