CARP has a brand new vision and mission! If you haven’t heard, or are interested in finding out more, below are some frequently asked questions.
- What is CARP?
CARP is an acronym for the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles
It is network of students across America who study and apply life and leadership principles.
Our mission is to help every student gain life skills essential for personal fulfillment and leadership skills with which to make a positive difference in society.
- What are CARP’s Core Principles?
5 Life Principles, which include Spiritual Health, Healthy Relationships, Inherent Value, Integrity, and a Purpose Driven Life.
5 Leadership Skills, which include, Teamwork, Organizing, Public Speaking, Goal Setting, and Mentoring.
- Who is CARP for?
CARP’s target audience is any student who wishes to gain the skills necessary for personal development (practical and spiritual), and/ or those who want to make an impact on society.
- What does CARP do?
On a weekly basis, CARP members will meet in mastermind groups to study, discuss and apply one of the 10 Core Principles, starting with a brief 15 min lesson, followed by discussion, and then action steps to be practiced between meetings. CARP will have a merit based educational track allowing every member to track the lessons they took and the leadership skills they practiced. Awards and recognition will be provided accordingly.
On a monthly basis, CARP will organize a social event for members and their friends to develop lasting relationships.
And, once a semester/year, CARP will do a Campus Impact Project to provide an opportunity for the student body to experience one or more of CARP’s Core Principles.
- What’s in it for me?
Developing friendship with great people
Personal development in relevant life and leadership skills
Resume worthy experience
- What is the time commitment to be a member of CARP?
Members typically meet once a week for 1-2hrs for their mastermind group, and help with the monthly socials and once a semester campus impact events.
Officers meet as needed to coordinate activities for the members.
- How is CARP associated with the Unification Church?
The founder of CARP is Dr. Sun Myung Moon. He is the thought leader behind the core principles that we study and practice.
- Is this a religious group?
No. We do not promote the Unification Church or any other particular religious group. However, we do encourage members to seek support on their own spiritual development. Students from any faith background are welcome, as well as those who have no religious affiliation.
-How can I get involved?
If CARP is not on your campus, then you can start it up! Join an Officer’s Training workshop! You can stay tuned to this website for announcements one when and where those workshops will be.
Save the date for our 1st CARP Officers Training at the University of Bridgeport January 3-10 2014.
It may sound impossible, folks, but it is amazing what a little passion, directing of energies, and connecting of the right people to the right cause can do. This was certainly a busy semester for Hyun Moraes, student at Berklee College of Music in Boston, but that did not stop him from pairing with Jennifer Jean (mom, teacher, poet, and activist extraordinaire) to host the “Night of Freedom” benefit concert to raise funds and awareness for the recently opened Amirah House. According to it’s website, Amirah is a non-profit organization located in the Boston area dedicated to providing effective, whole person aftercare for survivors of modern day slavery.
I believe that anyone can accomplish anything. Nothing can limit me except myself.
I can be the first female president. I can be a famous pastry chef. I can be the first person to walk on Mars. However, I want to find the cure for diabetes.
I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at age eleven, and my younger sister was diagnosed four years later at age thirteen. Luckily, my sister and I were able to acquire insulin pumps shortly after our diagnoses, and I soon became fascinated by the technology of the pump. This is what inspired me to make a positive impact in the field of medical research and medical technology.
I believe that the value of a person is not based solely on academic accomplishments, but is determined by using those accomplishments to serve others. In line with this belief that leaders should initiate action with an altruistic motivation, my purpose for pursuing my dream is to positively impact the lives of others. Instead of earning a college degree without purpose or with only the goal of making money, I am pursuing my mission so that others do not have to be challenged by the burdens I was. By working in the field of biomedical engineering, I can also give back to this field that has eased my life of diabetes through technology and research.
For years, I thought that the only way to express love was through touchy, emotional, gushy words and actions. As a logical, scientific person, I strove endlessly to act more emotive, but it was difficult to make my actions sincere. My life changed when a philosophy professor I admire told me that intellect is an expression of love. Truth has an incredible component of love inside it. For me, answering people’s questions, giving them advice, and being a patient and understanding listener is my expression of love. Knowing that I can use my analytical, mathematical mind to give love to the world is a comfort.
I firmly believe that God gave me these strengths so that I can accomplish anything I set my mind to; if I strive toward my big goals in little ways everyday, then each moment is an accomplishment I can be proud of.
Heungkook “HK” Stephens is uncommon in many ways.
He is married. He is a youth minister. He has a 4.0 GPA. He is the 2012 student commencement speaker. He once rode a bicycle from College Park to Ocean City. He loves modern dance. He has been receiving awards, like the Banneker/Key Scholarship, for as long as he can remember.
But one of the most unique things about the senior civil and environmental engineering major is his desire to use his degree for altruistic projects; his dream is to bring clean drinking water to impoverished countries like Bangladesh.
Beyond the achievements stands a regular guy—a laidback student who works hard and just wants to help others.
“I want to be an inspiration to people,” Stephens, 22, said, sitting barefoot in shorts and a white undershirt on the patio of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, with slightly messy hair from having just practiced head spins. “I feel good when I can motivate through my works.”
Alan P. Santos, director of undergraduate student services in the civil and environmental engineering department, said that Stephens “makes you want to be kinder to people.”
According to Santos, Stephens is receiving a departmental award for his academic achievements as well as his excellent record of helping others. He has an outstanding reputation for helping his classmates understand the difficult coursework.
“It’s difficult enough to get [into the major], and then things get more difficult,” Santos said. “[Stephens] is like a civil engineering Tim Tebow,” Santos added.
Similar to the popular, religious NFL quarterback Tebow, Stephens is known for being deeply involved in his faith, the Unification Church. It was through his family and church that he met his wife, Jin Soon Stephens, a fellow youth minister and business administration student at Howard Community College.
“In our religion, marriages are arranged through our parents, although we make suggestions too,” Jin Soon said. “We got to know each other and married eight months later. I never regretted marrying young.”
According to Jin Soon, the couple had a mass wedding known as “The Blessing,” where different religious figures offer their blessings to bring God into the marriage.
“One thing that has helped with our marriage is that we have the same vision,” she said. “We both want to make a difference and want people to be happy. I appreciate that about [Stephens].”
Religion and upbringing has cultivated this sense of family and appreciation for diversity. Jin Soon is half-Brazilian and half-Malaysian-Chinese, while Stephens is half-Japanese and half-Caucasian.
“A big part of our religion is creating world peace through families,” Stephens said. “It’s nice to know I don’t have to sacrifice what I want to do in life just because I love [Jin Soon.] We have the same goals.”
Besides their faith, both Jin Soon and Stephens have a passion for dance. “I was a breakdancer in high school,” Stephens said. “I started doing hip hop choreography and modern dance [at Maryland]. I was always good at math and science, but I’ve had to learn dance. It’s exciting discovering something new.”
Cameron Bennett, a senior information systems major, is the director of the Dynamic Dance Team on campus that Stephens is a member of.
“I first met [Stephens] three years ago, when I joined Dynamic,” Bennett said. “He was very welcoming. Being new is intimidating. He wants to cultivate a sense of family.”
Bennett described Stephens as “one of the hardest-working dancers,” and that he always finished team-related tasks on time and thoroughly. But he says the thing he respects most about Stephens is the way he would speak up to voice his opinion if he felt that not everyone’s views were being represented.
“[Stephens] isn’t afraid to question my logic or thinking,” Bennett said. “He has a care for the greater good.”
Senior bioengineering major Daniel Shin said that he became roommates with Stephens after becoming friends after dancing together during their freshmen year.
“He’s also great with time management,” Shin said. “He always has this little notepad with him. Everything goes in there, even small things like lunch.”
Growing up as one of five children, Stephens was told that he should do well in high school because there was no money for college.
“He doesn’t take anything for granted,” Shin said. “He appreciates what he has, which is apparent with the amount of work he puts into school.”
“I don’t want people to see [my success] and think ‘I can’t do that, that’s HK,’” Stephens said. “I want them to think that if [they] work hard, [they] can be like me. I’m just a normal guy.”
Reprinted courtesy of the Public Asian.
BY MATT FLEMING MAY 2012
She saw a possibly horrific future in the Asian eyes of a 5-year-old girl. Later, she saw the heartbreaking results in those who had seen that play out into a terrible reality.
During her recent three-week public service trip to Thailand, Felicia Bratti became painfully aware of the toll of human trafficking.
The 20-year-old Bollinger County resident joined a group of teenagers from the Unification Church as part of its Generation Peace Academy, a gap-year program between high school and college. The group, which included adult church leaders, divided its time between the cities of Chiang Rai and Bangkok, working first at a school geared toward preventing child exploitation and later for an organization that cares for victims of Thailand’s massive sex trade.
“It’s not something you see a lot out in the open when you go there,” Bratti said. “Most areas look like a business district of a city. People obviously know it’s there. But you don’t hear about it from your average person.”
Felicia Bratti, a member of Generation Peace Academy, traveled to Thailand for three weeks to work at a school geared towards preventing child exploitation and to care for victims of sex trafficking.
“They just seemed so happy and sweet,” Bratti said of the children who were victims of sex trafficking. “But they were quiet. You could tell something bad had happened to them. It’s hard to think about what they had been through at such a young age. That they could even talk to anyone or trust anyone was just incredible to me.”
That was quite a shock to the Glennallen resident, who expected to find rallies and movements to stop the abuse of the country’s children, who are sometimes abducted or sold as sex slaves or for cheap labor.
“I expected people to care,” she said. “But it’s normalized for them. It’s not a big deal for them anymore.”
Sex trafficking has been called one of the most disturbing global crimes, specifically in the Asia-Pacific area. The industry in Thailand thrives as a $150 billion business each year, dating back to the Vietnam War when Thailand basically became a brothel for American GIs on leave. While Thailand’s government bristles at the nickname “brothel of the world,” several analysts say the country is home to 150,000 to 220,000 prostitutes, including many minor children.
While it’s illegal in Thailand, many massage parlors serve as a front for prostitution and brothel owners have networks of agents combing the villages seeking out troubled families caught up in debt with few options.
“The world is a bigger place now,” Bratti said. “It’s hard to imagine when you’re grocery shopping in your quiet little town that people across the world and even in your own country are being so horribly abused and violated.”
Bratti’s parents described their daughter as a responsible and mature young woman who is looking to make a difference in the world.
“She has a world view that doesn’t just go with fashion or the new thing that comes around the corner,” said her father, Kim. “She’s really grounded, with morals and values that are beyond current trends. … She’s trying to make an impact on the world, however small that impact may be.”
Bratti’s mother, Mary, agreed.
Even as a young girl, Mary Bratti said, her daughter showed signs of being a leader.
“She’s focused and happy and could easily inspire the kids around her,” Mary Bratti said. “She also has a deep and sincere heart to seek out God’s will. She was happy and excited to participate. I think it was a learning experience for her.”
Once in Thailand, Felicia Bratti’s first task was working with the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities, whose founder, Sompap Jantraka, has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The nongovernmental organization works to prevent child exploitation and defends vulnerable minors and their rights.
Bratti described it basically as a school for children — boys and girls — more likely to become targets for sex trafficking. These are the country’s poor children, often whose parents aren’t with them. The school provides permanent shelter and education. The school’s website says the program has helped prevent thousands of children from the Mekong subregion from succumbing to the sex industry or other exploitive child labor practices.
Bratti and the others taught different sports, crafts and how to make certain things.
It was, for the most part, like any other school, Bratti said.
But sometimes it would hit her that some of these children may wind up in the sex industry. Some of them were as young as 4 or 5, which is the age that some are abducted. She’d be holding one of them and she’d imagine a horrible scenario playing out.
“Very easily their life could be so full of pain,” Bratti said. “They really wouldn’t know the difference. That would be the only life they’d know.”
While the school touted that only 5 percent of students there would go on to somehow be in the sex trade, that offered Bratti little comfort, she said.
“They said that 95 percent of these kids would be fine,” she said. “To me, I was like, that’s not OK. That’s still 5 percent. Even if only one kid has to go through that, it’s not OK. It was hard.”
The group later went to Thailand’s capital, Bangkok, where Bratti and the others worked with Pavena Hongsakul Foundation for Children and Women, a not-for-profit organization that cares for victims of the sex industry. It was this job, Bratti said, that was “emotionally more difficult” for her. Here, the group came across women who had been repeatedly raped who had come to the center seeking help.
Five children, ages 10 to 12, were also at the center trying to recover after being involuntarily involved in the sex industry.
“They just seemed so happy and sweet,” Bratti said. “But they were quiet. You could tell something bad had happened to them. It’s hard to think about what they had been through at such a young age. That they could even talk to anyone or trust anyone was just incredible to me.”
At the end of her trip, as the people at the center sang a song of unity, Bratti was holding the hand of an 11-year-old girl who she had become especially close to. Bratti broke down.
She said she had never wanted to take someone’s pain away so badly before.
“All you want is healing and for no one to have to go through that,” she said. “So it was definitely really hard. I cried a lot that night. I think about her a lot.”
Reprinted courtesy of the Southeast Missourian:
I believe in a table set for all. The magic starts from anytime between five to seven in the evening. I hear the musical cling of each dinner plate being placed on top of our dining room table, not long after I hear my mom’s familiar old British voice call out, “sup’s up!” I hear her echo it a few more times, somehow my dad hears her call and he turns off jeopardy which is playing on an unnaturally loud volume. Some of us come in running, some of us come in lazily, it depends how hungry we are. My three brothers and I gather into our dinning room and take a seat waiting impatiently for each other. My dad sits at the head of the table and offers a prayer. He prays enthusiastically and adds in a clever remark that he’ll laugh at before ending with an “amen.” Then we eat.
Ever since I can remember this has been a tradition in my family. It’s something I truly treasure, having that special hour of the day where everyone comes together to be themselves and shares with one another about their day. Sometimes I get lucky and my mom concocts a five star meal, sometimes she experiments and the whole meal is complete garbage. Whatever the surprise may be, I know she puts so much heart and love behind it. And I feel it.
One of my favorite things about our dinner times is the crazy conversations that are created. My family is actually known for being potty mouths at the table; literally, poop and farting are common topics that come up. I treasure these moments the most, I believe that throughout all these years of silly dinners or silent, serious dinners, this time of the day always reminds me that I have and will always have a strong support of solid love that will be there to make fun of me, beat me up, embarrass the crap out of me, yet always lift me up, and want the best for me and be proud of me. From a table set for me and my future children, on to just me and my future spouse, to just me and God, my table will always be set for all.