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Thin v. Thick Service

Posted in CSL with tags , , , on April 21, 2011 by JennaBrager

By Jenna Brager

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Community Service-Learning VISTA position

Posted in Community Partners, CSL with tags , , , on March 9, 2011 by JennaBrager

2011-2012 MDCC-VISTA
Community Service-Learning Coordinator

Community Service-Learning (CSL), a part of the Leadership & Community Service-Learning unit in the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, engages students at the University of Maryland in meaningful community service-learning with the local community through resources, programs, and events. CSL strives to educate students about the root causes of pressing social issues while making a meaningful and immediate difference in the local community.
The MDCC-VISTA Community Service-Learning Coordinator at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) will work with the Northwestern Connection program and Center for Educational Partnerships program to increase educational attainment and decrease drop-out rates of middle and high school students at two local schools. The VISTA will provide organizational structure and avenues to connect UMCP students with tutoring and mentoring programs geared towards Northwestern High School (NWHS) and William Wirt Middle School students, both within two miles of the University.

This VISTA position addresses the need for “cradle-through-college” solutions by helping to grow the seeds planted through the great work accomplished by the University of Maryland chapter of America Read*America Counts in Prince George’s County elementary schools, through middle and high school, towards the goal of college matriculation.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Foster relationships and strengthen communication between the University of Maryland and Northwestern High School and William Wirt Middle School, through the Northwestern Connection program and Center for Educational Partnerships, respectively.
  • Provide organizational structure and avenues to connect UMCP students with tutoring and mentoring programs geared towards Northwestern High School and William Wirt Middle School students.
  • Regularly convene Northwestern Connection Steering Committee of UMCP and NWHS stakeholders.
  • Conduct regular site visits to Northwestern Connection and Center for Educational Partnerships programs.
  • Develop and implement method for assessment for Northwestern Connection and Center for Educational Partnerships programs.
  • Assess drop-out, graduate, and college matriculation rates of students at NWHS.
  • Collecting and analyzing program evaluation data, including regular reflection and evaluation with community partners.
  • Working in collaboration with CSL students and staff on program recruitment, trainings and workshops.
  • Participating as an active member of the Leadership and Community-Service Learning staff team.

This is a 12-month Americorps*VISTA position that begins in August 2011.

The monthly stipend for this VISTA position is $1,163. Upon completing the 12-months of service, the person in this position can choose to receive either an education award worth $5,350 to pay for further education, or $1,500 cash. This position reports directly to the Coordinator for Leadership & Community Service-Learning.
Qualifications:

Preferred candidates will have a degree in education, community development, sociology, public policy, human development, or closely related field and experience in one or more of the following areas: service-learning/community service, working with college students, working with community partners, training and program development, leadership development, working with diverse populations. Excellent communication and organizational skills required.  Spanish language proficiency strongly encouraged.
To apply:

Send resume, cover letter, and names and telephone numbers of three references to:
Mei-Yen Hui
Leadership & Community Service-Learning
0110 Stamp Union
College Park, MD 20742.
Email: meiyen@umd.edu
Fax: 301-314-9634
Feel free to direct questions to Mei-Yen Hui, Coordinator for Leadership & Community Service-Learning, meiyen@umd.edu, 301-314-0068.
The University of Maryland is an EEO/AA employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Submit to the Community Service-Learning at UMD blog

Posted in Community Partners, CSL with tags , , , on February 9, 2011 by umdcsl

This blog is open to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff, as well as community partners. I hope that this blog becomes a chorus of voices, with posts by individuals involved in all the aspects and ends of service, about the issues we are passionate about and our experiences working particularly with service-learning. I hope it will serve as an online space of community as well as exposing individuals to the idea of service.

Blog posts should be between 300 and 1,000 words, and ideally would also include visuals such as pictures or youtube videos, links to volunteer sites, etc. Posts should be e-mailed to jbrager [at] umd.edu, and can be sent anytime.


Questions to think about:

Are you passionate about social change? Do you have a cause that you want to get more people involved in? Have you had a volunteer experience that moved you or changed your mind about something?

If you are a volunteer:
What was your service experience? What was unique and especially moving about it?
What did you learn from this experience? How did your perspective change and what are you doing as a result?
Why did you get involved, and why should others get involved?
How can others get involved with this issue or project?
What would you like to tell others about community service?
Do you ever relate your volunteerism to your coursework for school? If so, how?

If you work with a community agency:
What social issues do you work with?
What are you personally passionate about? How did you get involved and what kind of work do you do?
Why do you like working with University students?
What do you wish they knew?

Thank you!

Terp Service Days with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care

Posted in CSL, Terp Corps with tags , , on October 26, 2010 by umdcsl

This past Sunday, as a part of Terp Service Days, a group of University of Maryland students worked with VITAS Innovative Hospice Care to help terminally ill patients and their families with household tasks. Students visited with the patient and helped the family with landscaping and other tasks.

“On behalf of VITAS and the wonderful families we serve, Thank You! Words cannot express my appreciation for all of the hard work you put in yesterday to spruce up the yards of two of our VITAS patients. It is part of VITAS’s mission to add quality of life to our patients in innovative ways. I think we accomplished that on Sunday.

While both families were very different, their needs were similar…I am hopeful that this experience gave you a small glimpse of hospice, the patients and families that we serve and how sacrificing just a bit of your time can go a long way.” –Denise Fraction, Volunteer Services Manager, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care

About VITAS:
VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, the nation’s leading hospice provider, delivers comprehensive care for patients facing life-limiting illness. It is known for providing friendly, non-medical patient and family. VITAS recognizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an integral part of the hospice program allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing, and expanding services offered to patients and families. Through exemplifying VITAS values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocates and are pro-active in helping to meet the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrate volunteers into the hospice program by actively recruiting, training, supporting, and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs.

Building a Community Committed to Social Change

Posted in CSL with tags , , , on September 17, 2010 by umdcsl

Welcome to the new online community for Community Service-Learning at the University of Maryland College Park, where we hope to highlight what students, faculty, staff, and community partners are doing and thinking about important social issues. My goal for this blog is for it to be a chorus of voices–posts by individuals involved in all the aspects and ends of service, about the issues we are passionate about and our experiences working particularly with service-learning.

If you are involved in community service and volunteering and are affiliated with the University of Maryland or the Prince George’s County community, please consider writing something for the blog–what issues do you work with? What are you passionate about? How did you get involved and what kind of work do you do?

If you would like to submit, send any text/images etc. to jbrager@umd.edu.

–Jenna Brager
Americorps*VISTA, UMD Leadership & Community Service-Learning