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NC Afterschool Corps sites are great places to serve!

NC Campus Compact is working with fourteen colleges, universities, and community-based non-profits to recruit qualified candidates to serve with the 2018-19 cohort of our NC Afterschool Corps. These amazing organizations support low-income children and families with a range of youth development programs. Learn more about them below and share these opportunities with community-minded people who want to make a difference. Though some positions have been filled, many of these sites are still recruiting, with placements starting in mid-July!

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point
Partner: High Point University
Location: High Point
On the web: www.hpclubs.org

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater High Point (Club) serves school aged students with after school and summer youth development programs. The Club houses 4 programs in Guilford County and 1 in Randolph County.  The Club was incorporated in 1998 and serves 1,400 annual members. Programs include high-yield learning, fun activities which are carried out by trained, professional staff in clean, safe environments. The VISTA project focuses on administration of the new CACFP grant and related feeding programs, volunteer recruitment and training, and implementation of Design for Change lessons.

Brigade Boys & Girls Clubs
Partner: UNC Wilmington
Location: Wilmington
On the web: brigadebgc.org

Founded in 1896, Brigade Boys & Girls Club is devoted to the development and growth of kids of all ages.  Brigade serves over 2200 youth annually in 13 locations in New Hanover, Onslow, and Pender Counties. We offer both after school programming and full time summer programming. The VISTA project focuses on strengthening connections to local colleges and universities — especially UNCW, enhancing fundraising and other resource development efforts, and special projects.

BUMP: The Triangle
Partner: NC Central University
Location: Durham
On the web: www.bumpthetriangle.org

BUMP, Inc. is a nonprofit music education organization dedicated to fostering urban youth empowerment through music of the African Diaspora, by promoting musical proficiency, cultural literacy and resilience. The VISTA project supports organizational development, incorporation of Design for Change learning, and expansion of the BUMP-Out program, which serves preK-5 grade children partner sites, including the Durham Housing Authority.

Duke University – America Reads / America Counts
Partner: Durham Public Library
On the web: community.duke.edu/duke-student-engagement/america-reads-america-counts/

At America Read/America Counts @Duke University, the Corps member will work to enhance afterschool programming, particularly Learning Juntos, a project that seeks to empower Latinx parents to support and advocate for their children in Durham Public Schools. The Corps member also supports volunteer and tutor recruitment and training, special events, and the implementation of Design for Change programming in partnership with select community agencies.

ECU – Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement
Partner: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain
Location: Greenville
On the web: www.ecu.edu/cs-studentaffairs/volunteer/

At East Carolina University Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, the Corps member will work to build the capacity of afterschool support for Boys & Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. This will include connecting club units to CLCE signature programs like Pirate PALS and helping clubs and college student volunteers to implement Design for Change lessons.

High Point LEAP
Partner: High Point University
Location: High Point
On the web: highpointleap.org

High Point Leap (Literacy Empowers All People)  is a grassroots, 501c3 nonprofit intervention program dedicated to empowering children from grades K-12 and their families through literacy so children will graduate on-time and attend college and become 21st Century leaders. At High Point Leap, the Corps member will work to build program capacity through development of fundraising activities and program expansion, including outreach, partnership development, volunteer recruitment, and implementation of Design for Change lessons.

Lumbee Tribe Boys and Girls Club
Partner: UNC Pembroke
Location: Pembroke
On the web: www.lumbeetribe.com/youth-services-details

Working with the Lumbee Tribe’s Youth Services department, the Corps member will support volunteer involvement, resources development, and program development, including the development of a curriculum that will be used to teach Boys & Girls Club members about the Lumbee people. This instruction will improve our members’ self-esteem, instill a strong sense of identity, and build a child’s foundation for success.

Movement of Youth
Partner: UNC-Chapel Hill
Location: Chapel Hill
On the web: movementofyouth.org

MOY prepares diverse youth to lead and succeed in the 21st Century through mentoring and targeted enrichment activities led by college students. The Corps member will support student leaders on MOY campuses, develop mentor recruitment and training materials, enhance data collection and reporting, and improve the Saturday Leadership Academy program.

NC State University – Juntos Program
Partner: Garner Magnet High School
Location: Raleigh
On the web: cals.ncsu.edu/agricultural-and-human-sciences/news/the-juntos-program/

The Juntos program helps Latino students have more success in middle and high school. The program uses family engagement, 4-H clubs, success coaching and mentoring, and a summer Juntos Academy to help Latino students and their families gain the knowledge and resources they need to reach their academic goals. The Corps member will work to increase the capacity and sustainability of the Juntos Program by helping plan for events, volunteer training, fundraising, grant writing, and the creation of handbooks to guide partners and staff as they run the Juntos Program across the state and across the nation.

Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County
Partner: Elon University
Location: Burlington
On the web: https://www.salvationarmycarolinas.org/bgcalamance/home/

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County currently serves approximately 140 school-aged youth a day during the school year and 125 during the summer months. At The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County, the NC Afterschool Corps member will work to build club capacity and community awareness, develop community partners and increase financial revenue through cash and in-kind donations. The Club expects the VISTA member to help increase our average daily attendance and our annual revenue.

University of North Carolina Asheville – Math Department
Partner: Asheville Housing Authority
Location: Asheville
On the web: https://math.unca.edu/asheville-initiative-mathematics

UNC Asheville’s Asheville Initiative for Mathematics (AIM) is a public outreach project run by the Math department with a mission to promote excellence in math education and universal math literacy. The Afterschool Corps member will work to support the efficacy and expansion of Marvelous Math Club in Asheville Public Housing primarily through 1) volunteer (Math Champion) recruitment, training, support and assessment 2) creating a sustainable communication plan between Club members, their parents, their teachers and all the partner leaders and 3) expanding financial support of Marvelous Math Club through grants and donations.

Warren Wilson College – Center for Community Engagement
Partner: Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Western NC
Location: Swannanoa
On the web: www.warren-wilson.edu

Warren Wilson College’s Center for Community Engagement seeks to prepare students for effective community engagement. The goals of the Corps member at Warren Wilson college are to 1) Enhance the quality of afterschool programs with Big Brother Big Sister and Buncombe County Schools (specifically Kids on Campus, Burton Street Community Center, MANOS, and SLAM) and 2) Mentor and train student leaders to implement curriculum and enhance resources. Specifically, the Corps member will develop curriculum for Kids on Campus, Burton Street Community Center and SLAM, oversee volunteer recruitment and management for all afterschool programs, and mentor and train Bonner Leaders to facilitate these programs.

Western Carolina University – Center for Service Learning
Partner: Language-Enhancement After School Program
Location: Cullowhee
On the web: www.wcu.edu

Western Carolina is the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. At WCU, the Corps member will work to improve the linguistic and academic competencies of the English Learners that the LEAP program serves and to enhance the experience of preservice teachers. The Corps member will also work to build and extend capacity of other volunteer opportunities (e.g., National Volunteer Week, MLK Days of Service, 9/11 Day of Service).

William Peace University – Office of Student Involvement
Partner: YMCA
Location: Raleigh
On the web: www.peace.edu

Once a two-year college for women, William Peace University has evolved into a four-year, coeducational university, offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 24 majors, minors, and concentrations. At William Peace University, the Corps member will work to provide community service opportunities to our student body; improve recruitment, training, and management protocols for community-based work study students placed with partner organizations; and assist in the development of longstanding relationships with community groups, especially those that focus on youth development.

View our 2018-19 Afterschool Corps sites on a map!

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Spring 2018 issue of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement

Read the latest edition of Partnerships: A Journal of Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, North Carolina Campus Compact’s peer-reviewed, online journal, hosted by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In this spring 2018 issue of Partnerships (Vol. 9, No. 1), we feature three articles addressing important social issues. Stasinos Stavrianeas of Willamette University describes how a service-learning project undertaken by a college nutrition class generated new research that improved primary school nutrition. Chyrisse Heine of La Trobe University examines how providing speech pathology interventions in Cambodia not only offered tangible benefit there, but also increased for students a global awareness of health disparities and policies. Jacquelyn Lee and co-authors, all from UNC Wilmington, document how applied learning pedagogy, including community engagement, was integrated into the ethos of the university in ways that target increasing social responsibility and an involved citizenry to benefit a myriad of social issues throughout the community.

In addition, this issue includes an essay co-authored by Lisa Jakubowski of Brescia University College and Martin McIntosh of Regional HIV/AIDS Connection that reflects on a controversial service-learning placement to illustrate how agency partners can be powerful activators for transformative experiences and outcomes.

Finally, we offer reviews of three recent books relevant to scholars and practitioners of service-learning and civic engagement:
1) The Community Engagement Professional in Higher Education: A Competency Model for an Emerging Field, edited by Lina Distillo, reviewed by Ryan Nilsen and Laura Fieselman of UNC Chapel Hill and Dane Emmerling of Duke University.

2) Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey, and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century, by Lee Benson and co-authors, reviewed by Charles Brewer of UNC Greensboro.

3) Language Beyond the Classroom: A Guide to Community-Based Learning for World Language Programs, edited by Jann Purdy, reviewed by Adrian Wurr of Gulf University of Science and Technology.

Partnerships is free and available online. Read the full issue.

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New opportunities for faculty, staff, and campuses to spring into civic and community engagement

North Carolina Campus Compact has several upcoming programs and events for faculty, staff, and member campuses, including our Engaged Faculty Scholars program, our Midterms Matter Mini-grants to support student voter engagement, and the Civic Engagement Administrators Conference. These supports can turn your civic engagement buds into blooms.

Apply now to be an Engaged Faculty Scholar

Application deadline: May 18
Project Term: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

The Engaged Faculty Scholars program is a a unique, one-year opportunity for faculty interested in public scholarship, engagement and service-learning. Each Scholar is expected to work toward two goals:

  1. Promote and deepen the scholarship of engagement at the scholar’s own institution
  2. Assist in building the infrastructure for faculty engagement on another NC Campus Compact member institution

Up to two faculty members may be selected. Only faculty from member institutions may apply. Benefits of the program include: $1500 stipend paid upon completion of the service term; up to $500 travel reimbursement for visits to the partner campus, up to $500 for professional development, and at least one free civic engagement publication. Learn moreAccess the application

Midterms Matter Mini-Grants for Student Voter Engagement

Application deadline: May 15
Project Term: June 1 – December 1, 2018

To strengthen campus supports for voter education and electoral participation during the 2018 midterm elections, NC Campus Compact will award $1,000 mini-grants to select member campuses. Mini-grant funds may be used to provide student leader stipends, facility rentals, transportation, food, supplies, materials, printing, technology services, speaker fees, or other programming expenses related to student voter engagement activities. All supported activities should be non-partisan and inclusive. This program is supported by the national Campus Election Engagement Project. Learn more about the CEEPNC initiative | APPLY for a mini-grant

The Compact is also coordinating a 2018 NC College Voter Summit. Save the date: Saturday, September 15! Open to students, faculty, and staff leading non-partisan campus voter engagement, the summit will focus on training, best practices, and idea exchange. See re-caps of our 2017 Summit and 2016 Summit to learn more.

Community Engagement Administrators Conference

June 12, 2018 at Elon University
Registration closes May 31

This one-day session will give participants tools, strategies, and information to design, initiate and/or enhance systematic mechanisms for monitoring and auditing community-engaged activities across your institution. Featuring Anne Weiss, director of assessment for Indiana Campus Compact. Anne is a Ph.D. candidate in Higher Education Administration at Indiana University and a Visiting Scholar with Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education. She is also editor of a forthcoming book, Assessing the (Often) Hidden Outcomes of Community Engagement. 

Cost is $100/pp for member campuses ($130/pp for non-member campuses)
Learn more | Register

SUMMER & FULL-YEAR Service placements with the NC Afterschool Corps

For current students: Our Afterschool Corps SUMMER ASSOCIATES program offers a 9-week AmeriCorps VISTA service experience working with an out-of-school time/summer learning program that serves low-income children and families. Activities may include leading lessons and enrichment activities or organizational / program development like fundraising or communications. Placements available in Durham, Greenville, High Point, Pembroke, and Pfeiffer. Start date: June 11 / End date: August 12. Apply ASAP (or by April 30). Learn more about SUMMER VISTA positions

For graduating seniors and alums: Our Afterschool Corps FULL-YEAR positions are a chance to gain experience leading projects that support youth and connect colleges to communities. Full-year members will attend a pre-service orientation July 16-19 and start their year of national service on July 20. Placements available across the state, and applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. (Apply by May 1 for priority consideration.) Learn more about FULL-YEAR VISTA positions

 

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A Day of Giving to sustain our Compact

On April 9, NC Campus Compact invites friends and allies to take part in our first-ever Day of Giving. Your support will grow the HPU Challenge Fund for North Carolina Campus Compact, a special interest endowment fund created to help sustain the Compact as it works to advance civic and community engagement in higher education.

Since 2002, North Carolina Campus Compact has helped colleges and universities build on their commitments to educate students for civic and social responsibility, to partner with communities for positive change, and strengthen democracy.
Your donation will keep us moving forward as we expand efforts to foster connections between campuses, share information and resources, recognize outstanding work, and champion civic and community engagement in higher education.

The HPU Challenge Fund for North Carolina Campus Compact was launched with a $200,000 gift, announced by High Point University President Nido Qubein at the 2017 NC Presidents Forum. The fund is administered by the Alamance Community Foundation, a regional affiliate of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro.

Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and can be made online by credit card. Your online donation will generate a receipt to your email address. (Please check your junk folder if the receipt does not appear in your inbox.)

To give by check, make check payable to “Alamance Community Foundation” AND write “NC Campus Compact” in the memo line. Mail your gift to:
NC Campus Compact, Campus Box 2257, Elon, NC 27244.

Thank you for supporting North Carolina Campus Compact and the public purposes of higher education! Learn more about the Day of Giving. 

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Marshall Alt Break Scholarship winner reflects: Guatemala, My Community

Guest post by Asia King, NC State University student and recipient of a 2017 Marshall Alternative Break Scholarship

“If you’ve come here to help me, you’re wasting your time. But if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”  
— Lilla Watson, Australian Aboriginal Elder

I often tell people I have never had a “real spring break.” I have been lucky to participate in four Alternative Service Break experiences, and as participants it sometimes feels as if we receive so much more out of ASB than we give back. However I know going into ASB that I am there with a purpose. I want to share so much with the community. I want to tell them that I see them, I hear them, and I stand beside them. Raising awareness is such an important part of the ASB journey. What we learn during our time in the community is not as important as what we do with it.

Asia King (left) joined fellow NC State students on an alternative break service trip to Guatemala this spring.

My fourth and final spring break (of my undergraduate career) has been one that is difficult to digest as ASB has held such a huge space in my heart throughout my college career. I was able to serve as team leader for North Carolina State University’s Alternative Service Break Program to Guatemala focusing on Women and Gender Issues. In partnership with the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics, and Public Service and the Women’s Center our trip worked to unpack the gender roles and traditional views on gender that impact our lives daily. We worked with organizations such as the Comité Campesino del Altiplano which works to advocate for the rights of indigenous farmers by seeking global, social, economic, political and cultural change as well as ALAS de Mujeres which focuses on providing access to family planning resources as well as changing the stigma around using family planning methods.

When people ask me to explain the reason behind Alternative Service Break, it is a truly difficult for me to put words to the experience. It is hard for me to explain the warmth I feel from the community members who invite us into their homes. Hard for me to explain the power of being a participant in the Women’s March and seeing the Transgender community represented. Hard for me to explain my feelings of frustration, guilt and sadness that regardless of what I do I cannot change the past and how it has affected these individuals. Hard for me to sum up that in a week I can be completely unraveled and put back together by the concept of ASB Magic. Overall ASB is more than a resume builder. More than a week. More than an experience. ASB is a journey, it’s self-reflection, its love, its power, its community and its where I have found myself and the passion within me for social change.

NOTE: Photos courtesy of Asia King. Asia is a senior majoring in business administration at NC State University. She received a 2017 Marshall Alternative Break Scholarship, which provides $250 to support participation in an alternative break program where the student takes a leadership role. The Marshall Scholarship application is open to all students in the NC Campus Compact network who attend the annual CSNAP Student Conference, where scholarship winners are announced. Learn more about the Marshall Alternative Break Scholarship here

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NC Afterschool Corps Reflection: Getting oriented, making a plan, and supporting Lumbee youth

Guest Post by Natasha Kinto

I am Natasha Jones Kinto (Lumbee), a Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA. My host site is The Lumbee Tribe Boys & Girls Clubs and I am partnering with The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. I prepared myself for my VISTA service by reviewing my VAD, The Lumbee Tribe Boys & Girls Clubs (BGCA) mission and purpose and afterschool programs in general. I began my service year in August, just a few weeks after the new school year began. The Pembroke Boys & Girls Club, my home base, was getting a new floor so furniture was rearranged daily. The BGCA Staff were busy with daily lessons while preparing for an audit and the First Annual Lumbee Days held at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. I met the other VISTA who was also assigned to the Clubs, was given a work space and instructed to begin the work listed on my VAD; day one had begun. I had feelings of being overwhelmed with the large workload and unfamiliar setting but the BGCA Staff were welcoming and accommodating. My fellow VISTA and I settled into our stations and developed an outline and a plan of action.

The VISTA Online Orientation, including the video chats and assignments, were beneficial in showing me how to break my VAD objectives and activities down into manageable tasks. I was able to conceptualize projects and develop concrete deliverables. I focused on what I knew, which was making observations, interviewing staff and getting organized. I visited each of the seven Boys & Girls Clubs where I met staff, members and volunteers.  I gathered enough information to allow me to work independently and created online shared file storage for my work. I created a list of potential volunteers and donors for the seven Boys & Girls Clubs which serves as a current and future resource. I was also able to focus my attention on the larger VISTA mission of fighting poverty. I knew that my work should be sustainable by future VISTAs, BGCA Staff and/or volunteers with the goal of addressing poverty.

My once in a lifetime experience as a VISTA came quickly in September as I was invited to attend Lumbee Days in Washington, D.C. with the Lumbee Tribe and the Boys & Girls Clubs. I treated the trip as an immersion experience and spent five days and four nights with approximately seventy-five club members and thirty club staff, as well as local leaders. We rode buses, participated in a Wreath Laying Ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia and explored D.C. on foot. We spent two full days at the Museum of the American Indian sharing the story of the Lumbee People with the world. The D.C. trip allowed me to reconnect with former colleagues and make new alliances.

Many local leaders, educators, story tellers and crafts people have voiced support of the initiatives of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Through my VISTA assignment, I have gained first-hand knowledge of tribal government, including protocol and etiquette. I have learned of the many struggles that our tribal members face, such as health gaps, access to services and educational needs. The VISTA program has provided me with an opportunity for growth and personal development as I have worked to address poverty in my community. During the second half of my year of VISTA service, I will complete my VISTA tasks. I will also finish my portfolio project and presentation so that I may showcase my efforts and how they will benefit my community. With the information that I have gained, I will continue to provide the needed services to my community, even after my VISTA service year is over. I encourage anyone who is interested in community service to consider the Campus Compact AmeriCorps VISTA program.

We are NOW RECRUITING FULL-YEAR MEMBERS for service terms beginning July 16! Learn more: bit.ly/goNCAfterschoolCorps

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North Carolina students recognized as Newman Civic Fellows

Campus Compact, a Boston-based non-profit organization working nationwide to advance the public purposes of higher education, has announced the 268 students who will make up the 2018 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows. There are 12 fellows from colleges and universities in our North Carolina Campus Compact network.

The Newman Civic Fellowship is a one-year fellowship for community-committed college students from Campus Compact member institutions. The fellowship honors the late Frank Newman, one of Campus Compact’s founders and a tireless advocate for civic engagement in higher education.

In the spirit of Dr. Newman’s leadership, Campus Compact member presidents and chancellors are annually invited to nominate one community-committed student from their institution for the fellowship. These nominees are individuals who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and abroad.

Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides a variety of learning and networking opportunities, including a national conference of Newman Civic Fellows in partnership with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The fellowship also provides fellows with pathways to apply for exclusive scholarship and post-graduate opportunities. Fellows from North Carolina Campus Compact will receive complimentary registration to attend the annual CSNAP Student Conference. The 2018 CSNAP Conference will be held at Fayetteville State University on November 9-10.

“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to celebrate and engage with such an extraordinary group of students,” said Campus Compact president Andrew Seligsohn. “The stories of this year’s Newman Civic Fellows make clear that they are bringing people together in their communities to solve pressing problems. That is what Campus Compact is about, and it’s what our country and our world desperately need.”

The Newman Civic Fellowship is supported by the KPMG Foundation and Newman’s Own Foundation.

Congratulations to the 2018 Newman Civic Fellows from North Carolina Campus Compact member schools:

East Carolina University – Haley Creef

Elon University  – Fiona Zahm

High Point University – Douglas McCollum

Meredith College – Leslie Arreaza

North Carolina Central University –  Jordan Thomas

Pfeiffer University – Kristina Everhart

University of North Carolina at Asheville – Daniel Suber

University of North Carolina at Charlotte – Sreevidhya (Vidhya) Balasubramanian

University of North Carolina at Greensboro –  Terrell Saunders

Wake Forest University –  David Ajamy

Western Carolina University –  Fiona Buchanan

William Peace University –  Maiah Overton-Ashford

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