Syracuse University Posse Scholar Julio Burgos.
Syracuse University Posse Scholar Julio Burgos.

Syracuse Scholar Gets Involved in Local Community

Fall 2018 | Miami

A Scholar in the beginning of his sophomore year at Syracuse University, Julio Burgos has already made a significant impact on campus and in the surrounding community. He has emerged as a leader in two local youth programs: JUMP Nation and the Neighborhood Youth Recreation.

JUMP (the Juvenile Urban Multicultural Program), is a mentoring organization that works with middle school students in the Syracuse school district to help decrease high school dropout rates and encourage students to go on to college. The Neighborhood Youth Recreation Program, where Julio also participates as a volunteer and mentor, provides free recreational opportunities for youth in Syracuse.

“The thing I love most about school is meeting different people,” Julio says.

As part of his experience at JUMP, Julio led a middle school program for Black History month after hearing students complain that their school had neglected the subject. As part of the curriculum, he developed a lesson about African-American leaders, highlighting their fight for equality and the legacies they left behind.

Before beginning at Syracuse, Julio worked as the community and outreach intern at Venture Café Miami, a non-profit that develops high-impact programming and hosts events to bring entrepreneurial individuals, organizations and innovators together.

This past summer he expanded his global perspective by studying abroad in Spain.

Julio already has his sights set on graduation and eventually returning to his hometown of Miami. Studying towards majors in both policy and economics, he plans to build a career in the finance industry.