OT Student Receives Federal Recognition Gold Award for Service

Master of Science Occupational Therapy student, Mr. Kevin Le, has earned the Gold Level President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) for Young Adults, with over 250 hours of community service, working as Team Leader with Rising Above Disabilities (RAD) summer camp, a program dedicated to helping intellectually challenged children and adults. Mr. Le used therapeutic techniques and skills learned in the classroom while uplifting RAD campers.

Mr. Le’s motivation to serve others was simple and heartfelt, he truly wanted to help others. For his qualifying community service hours, he chose to work with RAD, which is a non-profit week-long overnight summer camp for kids and adults with disabilities. “Just knowing that I’ve used what I’m good at to help someone else find what they’re good at, and utilize that, that makes me feel great,” Mr. Le said.

The renewing and gratifying experience of working with the RAD campers has left a meaningful impact on Mr. Le, and has inspired him to work with disabled adults and children more in the future. Seeing his campers smile and courageously step out into the world without fear or struggle is a truly rewarding experience, and is one that he wants to keep having for years to come.

The PVSA is a prestigious addition to any healthcare professional’s portfolio, and demonstrates engagement and commitment that can distinguish individuals for greater career development later on. Mr. Le’s dedication to serving others not only makes him a stellar example for his classmates at Stanbridge, but also ensures that his career in occupational therapy will be a long and successful one.

For more information about the PVSA you can visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov or www.stanbridge.edu/reach. For information about the Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree program, visit www.stanbridge.edu/program/msot.