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Director of MDC’s Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy to Receive Award for Student Development

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Joshua B. Young, director of MDC's Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy

Miami, May 16, 2012 - Joshua B. Young, director of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy (formerly the Center for Community Involvement), has been selected to receive the Dr. Charles R. Dassance Student Advancement Award, which honors individuals who have contributed outstanding service to the advancement of student development. The award will be presented by the Association of Florida Colleges at its Annual Spring Conference Awards Luncheon on May 18 in Orlando, FL.

Over the past 17 years, Young’s dedication has made civic engagement and service learning hallmarks of MDC. Under his leadership, the College has developed the largest academic service learning program in the nation, including nearly 300 faculty members engaging more than 8,000 students contributing 175,000 hours of service annually with hundreds of community partners.

In addition, he’s helped spearhead significant initiatives college-wide, such as the award-winning America Reads program, the annual MLK Day of Service and the Communities in Schools “School to Work” mentoring program. Young also creates and leads forums on civic responsibility and provides training for faculty, staff and community partners.   


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