Community service

New cohort of Frog Aides develop leadership skills through community service

Frog 2021-2022 School Year Helpers (Lia Perez)

Student Government Association Freshman Leadership Program, Frog Helpers, selected a new cohort of 50 First year students in September. The program helps students develop leadership skills, connect to the TCU community, and make a difference on campus.

The student-run organizationJobs interactive and practical leadership developmentgiving members the unique the opportunity to learn and grow companion peers throughout college.

During the spring semester, Frog Aides is working on a project for TCU students.

Last semester, Frog Aides brought back the “Mental Health Mile,” a one-mile community walk around campus to promote mental health. The spring 2023 project is chosen in the spring semester. Until then, the cohort participates in small acts of service around campus.

TCU students cheer on 2022 Mental Health Mile participants (Lia Perez).

The new cohort

Frog Aides had 170 applicants and 50 members for this year’s cohort.

“It was really a very difficult process to choose because these candidates were so qualified and so incredible,” said Lia Perez, co-director of Frog Aides.

The application process begins with a written application. It turns into a group interview and then an individual interview. The process takes place over a period of two weeks.

Lucas Mendoza, a new member of the cohort, said the main reason he wanted to join Frog Aides was to participate in community service.

“I want to get into charity work, so I saw this as the perfect opportunity as a rookie to get involved with an organization that can help me give back,” Mendoza said. “Yes, it’s resume building, but I was excited about Frog Aides’ projects and wanted to be part of that bigger picture.”

Many first-year members hold leadership positions. Ryan Thorpe was part of the cohort his freshman year. He later became the assistant director of membership for the club.

“The biggest contribution Frog Aides gave me was 50 best friends given to me,” Thorpe said. “The people are absolutely amazing and I felt so invested.”

Ella Meyer, former co-director of Frog Aides, said it was important to pass on leadership through the program.

The power of mentorship and mentoring is so evident in how people’s lives are changing through this program, and seeing cohort after cohort continue to lead our campus in so many facets is what makes the hard work worth it. the penalty.“, said Meyer.

Developing strong leadership skills helps many members of Frog Aides later participate in other leadership positions such as SGA Representatives, Pan-Hellenic Executives, and Guidance Leaders. Frog Aides does not end after students’ first year. Members have the opportunity to be part of the leadership team as members of the upper class.