CSP Students in the Community: Alessandra Cecala

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I believe that we can take pride in the fact that Community Social Psychology is a self-selecting program. Only those who have a strong sense of social justice and drive to make the world a better place for all people tend to apply. Many of our CSP students have already applied classroom experiences to the world beyond, even before coming to the program. One student in particular, Alessandra Cecala, is the founder of the non-profit organization, Take Heart, dedicated to furthering education about organ donation. Originally inspired by her father’s need for a heart transplant, Alessandra’s project has grown from idea to 501(3)(c) organization in only a few short years. Most of Take Heart’s events have been benefit concerts that charge no admission, but take donations. In addition, they have some really cool custom-made t-shirts to help support their cause. Check ’em out, they’re pretty rad! In the spring, the organization launched its first media campaign reaching over 1000 hits on YouTube. Alessandra also recently told me that Take Heart is in talks for a possible credited internship for a UMass Lowell undergrad. This sounds like a great next step for expanding the organization. Seeing work like Alessandra’s is inspiring and shows that as community psychologists, we are able to make changes and spread awareness in our communities. In her own words, ‘it’s not what you say or do, but what you leave behind.’

Take Heart has an event coming up on Friday, October 19th called the ‘Superheroes Show’ at 7 pm at the 119 Gallery in Lowell. Please come out and support donning your finest superhero costume! Admission is free, but donations are always welcome and suggested.

Posted by: Susie Paterson