Flint Corps is a collective effort by the colleges in the city to involve students
in the community through service. The Corps believes that service, volunteerism and
philanthropy are essential to equip students with the tools to become tomorrow's thinkers,
visionaries, leaders, and problem-solvers. Ultimately, our goal is to improve the
Flint community in which we all live, work, and study!
HONS 251 Students Apply Service Learning as the Mott Campus Clowns
The Mott Campus Clowns are Honors College students enrolled in HONS 251: Social Diversity & Civic Engagement. As a course requirement, students must develop various skills, including clown makeup, meet-and-greet, and physical comedy. In addition, the clowns rehearse and perform hour-long anti-bully assembly shows for children kindergarten through 7th grade. In addition to the anti-bully program, members of the clown troupe make appearances in parades, Special Olympics, and at community events.
Fall Service Activities of the Clown Troupe
In the Fall Semesters, HONS 251 students perform anti-bully shows at local schools. In addition, the troupe travels out of town for two service weekends, one in Detroit, MI and the other in Lansing, MI. During their Alternative Weekends, the students serve as clowns for the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Clubs, parades and other community events (e.g., Zoo Boo at the Detroit Zoo).
Winter Service Activities for HONS 251
Students During Winter Semesters the clown troupe ventures to Philadelphia for a ten-day Alternative Spring Break. While in the City of Brotherly Love, the students are housed at the Old First Reformed Church. In addition to performing anti-bully shows, the entire clown troupe also participates in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown Philly.
Mott Campus Clowns performing a school show during Fall Semester, 2013