Student Leaders in Service-Learning
The Service-Learning program has two leadership positions which assist community partners, service-learning students and service-learning faculty. Student Leaders work in the community and are supported and challenged to develop personally and professionally.
Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania is an AmeriCorps program for college students in which they pledge to complete 300 hours of community service in one calendar year. Upon completion of their service, the students are awarded either $1,175 for 300 hours in the form of a Segal Education Award to put towards college expenses. More information can be found at PHENND.org. If you are interested in learning more about the Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania program, please contact Ryan Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Shane McCarthy at email@example.com.
The main job responsibilities for Scholars in Service are:
• Complete at least 300 hours of community service in one year, beginning on August 22, 2013
• Attend all orientation, reflection and training sessions (usually 3 per year: fall, winter and spring)
• Serve as a model Chestnut Hill College student in the community, both on and off campus
• Attendance at bi-weekly community meetings
• Attendance at bi-weekly one on one meetings with supervisor
• Day(s) of Service preparation, planning and reflection
• Other duties as assigned
Benefits of being a Scholar in Service to Pennsylvania:
- You’ll be doing good work in your community
- You’ll be a part of a nationally recognized leadership program
- While you’re an AmeriCorps member, you’ll can have your federal student loans deferred or put in forbearance (a.k.a. you don’t have to pay them right now).
- AmeriCorps will give you money for school!
By serving as a Scholar in Service to Pennsylvania, students increase their knowledge:
- of skill sets necessary to support collaborative projects in and with diverse individuals and groups,
- create problem-solving and active learning,
- of the non-profit sector and the role of volunteers in the community,
- of community assets and challenges both within Philadelphia and other communities,
- of their role in the community through their professional work and volunteering, and
- of their educational and career goals.
"As a scholar I feel as though I have contributed positively to the community, exposed myself to new things, and truly become a better person. "
-Caitlin Kain, ‘13
Community Liaisons are an important part of the Service-Learning team. These students are Federal Work Study eligible, and have made the decision to earn their Work Study dollars doing community service off campus. The Community Liaisons help Chestnut Hill College meet the government-set requirement for amount of Federal Work Study money used on community initiatives. Students interested in applying to become a Community Liaison should contact Shane McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The main job responsibilities for Community Liaisons are:
- Attend at least one 30-minute one on one meeting with your Scholar Partner each month.
- Attend a service activity with your Scholar partner at least once per semester
- You will participate in all community outings planned by the Scholar community.
"Being a community liaison has exposed me to a new group of people and service projects that I might have otherwise never been exposed to. I love that I have a support group at all times and people who understand the feeling of helping others.:
-Bryana Carroll, ‘11
LEADERSHIP, ENGAGEMENT, AND SERVICE (LENS)
The Leadership, Engagement, and Service (LENS) program brings together incoming Chestnut Hill College students for a four day immersion into Philadelphia. This service-based summer program exposes students to a variety of community and social justice issues occurring in the city, and introduces them to SSJ sponsored works and community partners working to solve these issues. In addition to community service and reflection activities, students participating in the LENS program will be able to take advantage of the many cultural opportunities available to us in Philadelphia. Cultural events range from museum trips to sporting events, and will differ each year.
The LENS program is designed to connect like-minded first-year students who wish to become involved in the culture of service at Chestnut Hill College, and have a lot of fun at the same time! This program is ideal for students who have an interest in continuing a strong commitment to community service, as well as for students who wish to turn over a new leaf or get involved in community service for the first time. If you have any questions, or would like more information about the LENS program please contact Ryan Murphy at 215.248.7032 or email@example.com.
The Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania maintain a student-run blog about service called Griffins Doing Good. The blog contains ideas for how to get involved in service, different community partners Chestnut Hill College works with, and the reasons why students have committed themselves to service.
Martin Luther King Day of Service
The Scholars in Service to Pennsylvania and the Community Liaison communities coordinate and run the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Each year the students select their service sites and coordinate activities for the volunteers. The Martin Luther King Day of Service has been hosted by Face to Face Germantown and the Arc of Philadelphia/PDDC.
If you are interested in being a part of any of the student-run initiatives please contact Shane McCarthy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ryan Murphy at email@example.com.