Every Friday before band practice, Marley Scott, trombone section leader, volunteers at a local school with the organization Dream Outside the Box to encourage and teach kids about achieving their dreams. Last spring, while she was on her off-season from marching band, Marley discovered this group on campus. Dream Outside the Box partners with the YMCA to teach children about different career paths and what it takes to achieve those careers. “Many of the children I work with didn’t even know what college was when I got there,” said Marley. They visit a school in Columbia every Friday to inspire children and teach them about how they can get through high school and college, and then hopefully even start their career paths. “The founder talks about trying to teach kids that there’s other stuff out there besides being rappers and basketball players,” said Marley. Marley is now the volunteer coordinator for USC’s chapter of Dream Outside the Box. She works to create and maintain club membership and to motivate members to continue showing up every week. “It’s really important that volunteers show up every week because the kids bond with them and get sad when they don’t show up,” said Marley. Marley noted that her band involvement helped encourage her to get involved with the organization. “My band experience definitely made me feel like I could add something to an organization,” said Marley. “And when I talk to the children about college, I talk about how I’m in marching band, and how when they hear music at football games that’s me.” Marley said she talks to the children about what she is involved in on campus so they know more about what college is like and the enjoyable experiences they could have. Marley Scott is a third-year public health major. She hopes to continue to work with and inspire kids in schools. If you would like to learn more about how you can get involved with Dream Outside the Box, email Marley at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow them on Instagram @Dotb_USC.