Eva D'Intino, a senior at Miami University, is recipient of a $1,000 Carter Entrepreneur Grant to fund a project in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. Three grants were awarded to Ohio Campus Compact (OCC) member institutions recognizing outstanding student leaders by the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Partnership Foundation grant program.
D'Intino, from Wooster, is an interdisciplinary study major with a minor in religion. Her project is a mentoring program for seventh grade girls at Rothenberg Elementary, the only remaining public school in Over-the-Rhine. The program will help girls develop writing skills through explorations of identity, relationships with family and friends, peer pressure, race and other issues often experienced by young women in urban areas. The students will write in weekly journals to express themselves while improving literacy skills. They also will read portions of books by African American women writers with their mentors, with the passages used as a basis for the journal writings. Mentors also will help the girls explore other creative mediums such as painting and creating collages.
Announcement of the award was made at the closing banquet of an OCC student conference held Nov. 8 in Columbus. OCC is a non-profit coalition of 49 college and university presidents and their campuses working to promote civic purposes of higher education. Established in 1992, OCC is part of the National Campus Compact network consisting of a national office, 34 state offices and more than 1,100 campuses across the country.