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Cal Poly Pomona University:In an effort to strengthen the Center for Community Engagement’s presence on campus and in the community, in the fall of 2015 we will launch our “Reach Beyond” campaign. This initiative is designed to mobilize the caring power of the Cal Poly Pomona Community to reach beyond: themselves, their classroom, and their campus. Two student fellows will serve a dual purpose to: (1) Serve as student leaders for “Reach Beyond” working closely with our over 300 student clubs and organizations—training and equipping club leaders to facilitate meaningful short-term community service projects that emphasize reciprocal relationships with non-profits. (2) Advise and mentor a smaller cohort of student leaders, working with these groups to move beyond the “short-term” volunteer experience to longer term, higher-impact ongoing service within the community.
Loyola Marymount University:This activity focuses on ways to find two student leaders to address the need for developing a support system for faculty who teach or desire to teach community-based learning courses. The fellows will share responsibility for spearheading research on the feasibility of creating a community of practice among community-based learning faculty. This activity will impact the campus by cultivating an engaged learning environment, introducing an innovation in the midst of our campus’s change from a 3-unit to 4-unit curriculum, and design the blueprint for implementing a community of practice to encourage collaboration and foster support for community-based teaching and learning.
Occidental College:The Partnership for Community Engagement at Occidental College will engage twostudent fellows who will enact the community engagement mission of the collegethrough two projects: 1.The student fellow will help support and sustain a projectdeveloped through a community based learning course and 2. The student fellowwill focus their project on developing a program with a new community partner.
UC Irvine: The Civic and Community Engagement Office will utilize two Student Fellows to lead two different initiatives. The first will create student-led projects in the areas of: Health & Wellness, Peace Education, Diversity & Justice, and Environment & Sustainability. The second will identify new community partners and lead outreach efforts to help us identify community issues and interests. It will also lead to strengthened relationships with the surrounding community.
UC Merced:One CESF Fellow will work with Merced County Project 10% (MCP10%), a collaborative effort between UC Merced, the Merced County Office of Education and the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. The program was developed as a result of an identified community need and a student leadership initiative to address the high school dropout crisis. Following training and practice in the use of public narrative, teams of UC Merced Students go into eighth grade classrooms County-wide to share their story and to encourage persistence and success. MCP10% has received overwhelming positive response and support from middle school students, teachers, administrators and community leaders. The second CESF Fellow ill work with theI CAN READ Literacy Initiative, an after school literacy tutoring program. The pilot program partnership with Franklin Elementary School this past year has been enthusiastically received. UCM students are trained in reading acquisition, tutoring, and program management elements of “Book Buddies” developmental reading program. The Fellow oversees and supports UCM student tutors, facilitates reading assessments and remediations among k-2nd graders, and assists in keeping ongoing records of children’s reading activities and progress.
UCSD: The UC San Diego Student Health Advocates are volunteer peer health educators that work to enhance the personal health of students and the collective health and well-being of the campus community through educational workshops, events, campaigns, and programs. These peer educators address topics such as nutrition, sexual health, stress, alcohol, physical activity, and more. Specific activities include: Educating other students about health issues and concerns through educational outreach programs on campus and in the community; Making presentations to students and the community about health issues; Participating in training fellow students; Attending meetings and workshops where information and ideas are exchanged; Improving communication, presentation and facilitation skills; Learning to be a confident leader among their peers.
University of Redlands:University of Redlands students are passionate about serving our neighborhood and community and they do it in several ways. One of the University’s largest programs is providing homework assistance and tutoring to local children at no cost to their families. Homework help and tutoring services are in high demand in our area and many families are unable to afford academic assistance, and University students are serving to answer those needs. We have an on-campus location for free homework assistance, and 3 an off-campus locations at the Boys and Girls Club of Redlands, Mustard Seed Tutorial Center and the Redlands Community Center allowing our program to help more children in our community.