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Volunteer of the Week: Helena-Jasmine Sowah ’13


Helena-Jasmine Sowah ’13, a political science major and French minor from Bronx, N.Y., is the Kenney Community Center Volunteer of the Week.

Sowah has participated in John Calvin Toll Day of Service and the Center’s Homework Help Program, as well as volunteered with Bethesda House, Emmanuel Friedens Church and the Schenectady YWCA.

Last month, Sowah also directed the production of The Vagina Monologues, with all proceeds going to the YWCA Northeast New York Domestic Violence Shelter.

Off campus, Sowah has helped build an arts and music room in Ghana with the Building Up Ghana Project, and her family collects books throughout the year to donate to children there. She also enjoys mentoring middle and high school students in her neighborhood who aspire to attend college.

As vice president of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Sowah recently put on a bake sale, Treats for Isaac, with the help of her sisters, to raise money for Hurricane Isaac victims. Currently, the group is preparing for the Youth Symposium on March 9, an event for local youth ages 13 to 17 that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math presentations.

In addition to community service, Sowah is president of Women’s Union, the Student Representative for Beuth House and a student liaison on the Sub-Council on Academic Integrity. She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Off the Stall II Be Continued, a member of the Minerva Council, a member of the Multicultural Greek Council and a Student Ambassador for the College.