In her CES role, Ambs, a member of the Kalamazoo College women’s swimming and diving team, has been a leader in a partnership between the College’s Mary Jane Underwood Stryker Center for Civic Engagement and the City of Kalamazoo Department of Parks and Recreation, which provides tutoring and low-cost swimming lessons for youth in Kalamazoo.
She is responsible for recruiting, training and supervising 20 of her fellow K students who are coaches and tutors in the program.
The Young Women of Achievement Award citation noted that while maintaining a challenging schedule as a collegiate athlete and in her community service role, Ambs, a biology major with a psychology minor, twice has been named to the MIAA academic honor roll. She also serves on K’s Athletic Leadership Council.
Participants in the CES program recruit, train, orient, supervise and evaluate their peers, coordinating complex service-learning programming with local agencies, public schools, health clinics and initiatives. Recently, seven other Civic Engagement Scholars received Champs awards from Communities in Schools Kalamazoo, a group that seeks to help meet the needs of students in some of the city’s most challenged schools.
Ambs says she plans to pursue post-graduate studies leading to a career as a physical therapist. The CES program is just one example of how Kalamazoo College’s signature K-Plan makes it possible for students to gain invaluable experiential learning that helps prepare them for a wide variety of careers.