Honors College Connects

Honors College Connects is a collaboration between George Mason University's Honors College and Leadership Fairfax. Each semester, Honors College students apply for an opportunity to join a small, multi-disciplinary team. The team then plans, organizes, and executes a 6-month project that benefits a local community organization and its stakeholders. Honors College Connects cultivates leadership, research and professionalism in Honors College students. 

Honors College students at George Mason University with Leadership Fairfax advisors.

upcoming partners - spring 2022 partnerships

INOVA FACT

Keep Prince William Beautiful

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries

Insight Memory Care Center

Bridges to Independence


“I want to emphasize to you the importance of this team and this project to the Foundation. We were so impressed with their dedication and output that it has affected the Board in a very positive way. At the same time the students were working on a Fund Raising Plan, we were working on a Marketing Plan and now we are ready to put those together at our next meeting. None of this would have been possible without the engagement of this team. Seldom have I ever worked with a team that has accomplished more than they have.”

- Peter Clark, President, Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation


CURRENT PARTNERS

Veterans Moving Forward Inc.

Veterans Moving Forward provides service dogs for veterans of the armed forces after service. The student team is working to better brand VMF and provided a more targeted outreach plan. 


FCPS Get2Green

Students are working closely with FCPS Get2Green to implement their Earth Week programming. Get2Green focuses on promoting environmental awareness and student action


MVLE Inc

MVLE works with people with disabilities to support them in employment and opportunities. The students are working to design a program to support hydroponic farming small skills for MVLE clients. 

Just Neighbors

Just Neighbors provides legal sservices to immigrants, asylees, and refugees in the DMV area. The student team is working to expand their pro bono program, specifically into rural Virginia. 

Formed Families Forward

FFF works to help children with special needs in foster families with educational and post-secondary opportunities and outcomes. The student team is working closely with FFF to increase engagement from unresponsive clients. 

history and past partners with honors college connects

SPRING 2021 PARTNERS

  • A Farm Less Ordinary
  • Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
  • INOVA FACT Department
  • Creative and Performing Arts Center
  • Latino Economic Development Center

FALL 2020 PARTNERS

  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries
  • Reform Education for a New World
  • INOVA FACT Department 
  • NOVA Mental Health Foundation
  • The Grassroot Project

2019 - 2020 PARTNERS

  • Public Art Reston 
  • INOVA FACT Department
  • Bridle Paths

2018-2019

  • The Arc of Northern Virginia
  • Communities in Schools of Northern Virginia
  • Fairfax Bar Association
  • Fellowship Square Foundation
  • INOVA Fairfax FACT

2015-2016

  • Clean Fairfax
  • Empowered Women International
  • Langley Residential Support Services
  • MVLE, Inc.


2012-2013

  • Computer CORE
  • Fairfax Symphony Orchestra
  • HomeAid Northern Virginia
  • UCM

2017-2018

  • Cornerstones
  • Friends of Reston
  • Giving Circle of Hope
  • MVLE, Inc.
  • Southgate
  • Touching Heart

2014-2015

  • Arts Council of Fairfax County
  • Computer CORE
  • Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
  • The Women's Center

2011-2012

  • Homestretch, Inc.
  • New Hope Housing, Inc


2016-2017

  • Fairfax County Parks Authority
  • OAR of Fairfax
  • Volunteer Fairfax
  • Western Fairfax Christian Ministries



2013-2014

  • Brain Injury Services
  • James Mott Community Assistance 
  • Leadership Fairfax
  • Northern Virginia Mental Health Foundation

2010-2011

  • Langley Residential Support Services
  • Northern Virginia Resource Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons
  • Reston Drop in Center

2009-2010

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