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July is Make a Difference In a Child’s Life

(Stillwater, OK)  This month and throughout the year, Payne County Youth Services, Inc. encourages all individuals and organizations to play a role in making Payne County a better and safer place for children, youth and families.  By ensuring that youth have supportive and caring people they can turn to, we can improve their quality of life.

Young people perform better in all areas of their lives when they have a supportive relationship with a caring adult. For at-risk youth, volunteer mentors can be an especially positive influence that helps them make good decisions, believe in their own strengths, and excel in school. Safe Place agencies and sites can connect youth to positive supportive caring adults and help influence youth when they are in crisis and need someone to talk to.  Safe Place agencies can also connect youth to long term mentoring in their community which research has shown that youth with mentors are less likely to engage in at risk behaviors. (Big Brother’s Big Sisters)

Communities across the country search for ways to keep youth safe and many have established Safe Place as a community collaboration making help readily available.  Safe Place designates businesses, community buildings and mobile units as Safe Place sites that prominently display the Safe Place logo.  Any youth in crisis can walk in and a trained representative will come to meet with them and together they will begin to determine what kind of help is needed.  Safe Place connects children and their families with the supportive resources they need.  In Payne County, Safe Place is operated by Payne County Youth Services, Inc.

The designated Safe Place sites of Payne County include:

Stillwater Safe Place Sites:

  • All On-Cue locations, Anderson’s Taekwondo, Carl’s Jr., Cimarron Medical Services, Consumer’s Grocery, CREC (Central Rural Electric Co-op), Family Resource Center –OSU, Food Pyramid, IHOP,Holiday Inn and Suites, Lincoln Academy, OSU Parking and Transit Services, Payne County Youth Services, Payne County Youth Shelter, Stillwater Designs, Inc., Stillwater Fire Departments, Stillwater Home Health, Stillwater Medical Center, Stillwater Middle School, Stillwater Junior High, Stillwater High School, Stillwater Police Department, Stillwater Public Library, Strode Funeral Home, Texas Roadhouse,Total Health, Walgreens and the YMCA;

Perkins Safe Place Sites:

  • Perkins Junior High, Perkins High School, Perkins Library, On-Cue locations, Christian Church of Perkins, Perkins Drug

Cushing Safe Place Sites:

  • Cushing Middle School, Cushing High School, Cushing Fire Department, Cushing Youth Center, Escott’s Foods

Yale Safe Place Sites:

  • Yale Library, Yale Public Schools, Yale Maveric Mini Mart;

Glencoe Safe Place Sites:

  • Glencoe Maveric Mini Mart, Glencoe High School;

Ripley Safe Place Sites:

  • Ripley Maveric Mini Mart

The Safe Place sites display the Safe Place sign and employees are trained and prepared to assist any youth needing help. In Payne County, an estimated 2 to 4 youth receive help from the Safe Place program each month.

This national initiative operates in 40 states that serve over 1528 communities across the country.  Safe Place has helped over 265,000 young people who have gone to a Safe Place and asked for help or contacted the youth serving agency after they learned about the program at school.  For additional information, contact Angie Freeny, Safe Place Coordinator at Payne County Youth Services at (405) 377-3380.

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Golden Oaks Newsletter

Latest newsletter about events & happenings at Golden Oaks Village!

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Call for Undergraduate Research Papers

Columbia College is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of its online International Undergraduate Journal for Service-Learning , Leadership, and Social Change.

This is an opportunity for undergraduate students to publish in a referred journal.

The Journal accepts articles that discuss the development of service-learning projects, case studies of a service-learning project, and reflection on service-learning and the development of personal leadership. 

This is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduates. 

Please encourage your students to submit.  Detailed information is here: Undergraduate Journal For Service-Learning, Leardership, and Social Change.

For more information contact Ned Scott Laff (nslaff@columbiasc.edu) or Joyce Fields (jfields@columbiasc.edu).                                      

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High School Student’s Published Portraits of Service Leaders

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, high school senior Nathan Zucker produced Advocates of Service, a series of photos and biographies profiling service leaders in his community.  The series shares the portraits and stories of 18 diverse volunteers in his community – from a high school student who started a modest international non-profit organization, to a senior citizen who organizes mother/daughter math and science nights closer to home. (View the profiles here: http://flickr.com/gp/46107772@N03/Z755iT)

Nathan viewed the service-learning project as an opportunity to improve his photography skills and apply them to improving his community. He worked with adult mentors including his Advanced Photo teacher in the school’s fine arts magnet program and Michael Collopy, a commercial photographer with a humanitarian focus (see Architects of Peace) who taught Nathan tips for creating engaging, personal, and inspirational portraits.

Nathan’s own book, Advocates of Service was the culmination of his year long senior exit project, QUEST.  Through QUEST, students at Irvington High School in Fremont develop a Question, work to Understand it through research, gain Experience by working with a consultant, provide a Service to their community to further understand the issue, then provide both written and oral Testimony. (Every year, each of Irvington’s 400+ seniors complete a QUEST service-learning project on their path toward graduation.)

Working with his teachers, Nathan developed a guiding question for his project:   Why are non-profits in such short supply of volunteers, what are the benefits of volunteering, and how can I inspire others to volunteer? Nathan came to learn that non-profit organizations are facing tremendous challenges addressing the needs of communities during the economic crisis.  He also studied the impacts of the “me” oriented society and pressures on individuals to work and care for their own families.

To address the challenge, Nathan chose to focus on volunteers in his own community.  By showing volunteers of diverse ages, backgrounds, experiences, and service types, Nathan hopes to inspire others to get involved.  Each profile shares the very ordinary motivations that helped people get started doing extraordinary work.

The portraits are on display at the Fremont Main Library during National Volunteer Week and Nathan has also been invited to install his work at the Alameda County Office of Education in celebration of this year’s local Art IS Education initiative: Creating Solutions for the World We Share.

Thank you Nathan Zucker for showing a simple, inspirational way to celebrate volunteers and promote volunteerism in our communities!

Nate Ivy

Service-Learning Regional Lead

Alameda County Office of Education


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Nonprofit Newsletter from Serenity Accounting

Serenity Accounting looks forward to becoming the accounting firm of choice for tax-exempt organizations.  Serenity Accounting has a unique philosophy on the nonprofit accounting function.  Its vision is to create exceptional accounting departments that both pay bills AND increase programmatic success.  We find that this philosophy is quite different from that of our competitors and we believe this differentiates us in the marketplace.  We hope you will contact us so we can show you why we believe your finance department can allow you to generate a greater return on investment in your social mission.  A few small changes can make the difference between your nonprofit serving 1,000 people in need versus 100 people in need.

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Scholarship Opportunity: Apply Now!

Service Award Deadline: 4 p.m. on Friday, March 25 to 006 CLB, Campus Life Desk.


The CARISA WINTERS ENDOWED SERVICE AWARD is an endowed scholarship with a value of $2,000 available to a sophomore or junior undergraduate student who has demonstrated, and  plans to continue to demonstrate, a strong commitment to service,  positively contributing to the student’s community.  The award is designed to support a student with an interest in, and pursuit of, serving individuals, communities, and the nation. 

The CARISA WINTERS ENDOWED SERVICE AWARD is given in memory of Carisa Winters, a former OSU student committed to serving others. This award is intended to serve as an assistantship to allow the recipient to pursue new service ideas; create ways of utilizing those ideas; create new structures for service and delivery; and/or target new audiences.

This award may actually fund the conceived project or support the student academically through payment of tuition, fees, books, room and board so that the student is freed up to further develop and implement the service project.  The award will be given out on consecutive semesters awarding $1000 each of the two subsequent semesters fall, 2011 and spring, 2012  dependent upon satisfactory progress shown. 

Award Criteria

The process for awarding the scholarship shall be through application and three letters of recommendation and will be awarded using the following criteria: 

  1. The recipient of this award will preferably be a female entering her sophomore or junior year at OSU.
  2. The preferred recipient will have a cumulative 3.0 GPA, however, applicants with less than a cumulative 3.0 GPA but still possessing a strong service record, are encouraged to apply.
  3. The recipient will have a demonstrated record of service through the OSU Service-Learning Volunteer Center.
  4. The successful candidate will present the award evaluation team with viable concepts that either present new public service opportunities or improve upon previously implemented service projects.
    1. The proposal should be typed, double-spaced, and no longer than three pages.
    2. The candidate must demonstrate to the evaluation team how the award will be used to further the goals of the service concept.
  5. The three letters of recommendation must come from faculty, staff and/or community partners who know the applicant’s academic abilities, commitment to service, and potential to significantly contribute to the community.
  6. Must include a resume that is no longer than one page.
  7. Final project will be presented to SLVC prior by end of second award semester.

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