Each June, the William Winter Institute selects 28 students from Mississippi high schools to spend nine days in Oxford at the Summer Youth Institute.
At SYI, each student develops a project that combines her or his passions with a need of her or his community.
Meet Cat Buffington, who developed project UNITY for Starkville, Miss., in 2013. Through conversation, interaction, and community service, SYI 2013’s Cat Buffington’s UNITY Project, hopes to help create a safe space for teenagers to breakdown barriers through community service. On August 25, 2014, UNITY held its back-to-school kick off event. Over 60 students from Starkville’s four public, private, and county schools came out to learn more about UNITY, fellowship over great food from Little Dooey’s, and pledge 15 hours of community service each!
Here’s what SYI means to Cat: