Living Democracy

Auburn University Student Begins Living Democracy in Collinsville

image of Living Democracy student Shaye McCauleyAuburn University Living Democracy Fellow Shaye McCauley began a ten-week living and learning experience in Collinsville, Ala., on Monday, May 19.

The social work major, from Franklin, Tenn., will be working with Jennifer Wilkins, Director of the Collinsville Public Library, as well as other community organizations.

McCauley’s primary objectives involve developing youth engagement opportunities such as book clubs and art and music showcases for elementary, middle and high school students.

Other projects include creating a youth initiative to help revitalize the historic Cricket Theatre on Main Street.  McCauley said she believes the theatre has the potential to become a community-gathering place.

She will also work with fourth grade teachers in the Collinsville school system to create raised garden beds and volunteer with the school soccer camp.

McCauley, the daughter of Claudia McCauley, is a graduate of Christ Presbyterian Academy.

For more information on these projects or participation, contact McCauley at (615) 438-7778 or Living Democracy is a program of Auburn University’s College of Liberal Arts and the David Mathews Center for Civic Life.

The Living Democracy program aims to bring together citizens and students to collaborate on issues that concern Alabamians. For more information, visit

By Shaye McCauley
Last Updated: June 02, 2014