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CORD Application 2011! UPDATE!

Attention December Graduates!

The application for the CORD has been extended to Friday, December 9th! Here’s another chance to get recognized for your service!

You can download the application here , or come get a hard copy from the turnstile in front of 006 CLB. Be sure to turn it in before 4:30 on Friday at the Service-Learning Volunteer Center (008 CLB).

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How to Help Alabama

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The Higher Education Service-Learning list serv has compiled several ways to start helping Alabama with the tornado tragedy. Below are some ways. Now, go do something!

Compiled ideas are posted here: http://alabamapossible.org/2011/04/tornado-relief-how-you-can-help/

You can also “like” the Alabama Poverty Project at www.facebook.com/al.possible or follow us @alabamapossible on twitter for further information.

  • In terms of donations, cash is king!  Donations (clothes, food, etc…) are expensive and difficult to transport, sort, and distribute.  Furthermore, when people give money, it assists in rebuilding.  Cash donations allow money to be spent in local communities.  When outside goods are brought in, it hurts local businesses.
  • National VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) is a coalition of organizations that respond to disasters.  They have some great information about how to help after a disaster – http://www.nvoad.org/index.php/hth.html.
  • If you are looking to volunteer and are not currently affiliated with any organization doing disaster work, I would encourage you to check out the National Relief Network (www.nrn.org<http://www.nrn.org/>).  They match groups with disaster projects.  In addition to securing work for your group, they arrange housing and meals (which can be very difficult to do if you do not have any relationships in the impacted area).
  • The Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives also has some great resources on their web page www.servealabama.org<http://www.servealabama.org/>.   In addition to assisting local communities manage volunteers, they also have operate the Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund, which directly helps residents of Alabama.

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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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Still Time to Apply to IPSL Summer Service Programs

Dear Colleagues:

While Summer Deadlines for IPSL Study Abroad and Service-Learning Programs are fast approaching, we are still accepting applications and there is still space in most of our programs.

If you have students who may be just deciding to experience an international study and volunteer program, have them check out the IPSL website at http://www.ipsl.org/programs/where-we-go for all our program details.

Our last deadlines are June 8th for Cusco, Peru and June 10th for Montpellier, France. Guayaquil, Quito, Kolkata, Valladolid and Chiang Mai have earlier deadlines.

There is an easy online application at http://www.ipsl.org/apply and best of all, most programs do not require a visa! Summer programs are an ideal way for students to “get their feet wet” in international study and volunteer service without a lengthy time commitment or huge expense. And, it is a great way to practice another language, augment your studies with interesting courses, and gain valuable work skills by volunteering in a non-profit abroad. 

Please let us know if you have students you are currently working with who are planning on doing an IPSL program.

We hope to see many of your students on our programs!
Arianne Newton
Director of Programs
International Partnership for Service Learning & Leadership
1515 SW 5th Ave. Suite 606
Portland, OR 97201
ph 503-9541812
fax 503-9541881


filled with great stories from our alumni.

Check out our new IPSL page on Facebook with lots of great photos! Search Facebook for International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership and you will find it. BECOME A FAN!

The mission of the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership is to engage students, educators, and community members in the union of service and learning, so that all may become more civically engaged, interculturally literate, internationally aware, and responsive to the needs of others.

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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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Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots: Unveils Environmental Service-Learning Curriculum

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Arlington, Va.–Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Jane Goodall Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian program for young people from preschool through university, has launched an environmental service-learning curriculum, which it is rolling out through a series of teacher trainings in three of the largest public school systems in the United States—New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. In addition, Roots & Shoots staff will be on site at the National Service Learning Conference (Booth #206) in Atlanta, Ga., from April 6-9, 2011, to present the curriculum to attendees. 

Created in partnership with the Pearson Foundation, the new Roots & Shoots service-learning curriculum helps teachers integrate genuine community needs and service into everyday classroom instruction. The goals of the service-learning curriculum are: to make it easier for educators to incorporate project-based learning techniques into existing lesson plans; enhance students’ retention of academic content; and to help students develop a sense of empowerment by giving back to their communities. By bringing together best practices from the Jane Goodall Institute’s community-centered conservation approach with the latest service-learning techniques, the curriculum also reinforces environmental literacy and fosters civic responsibility in participating students. 

“We are incredibly excited about introducing our new service-learning curriculum in schools across the country,” said Erin Viera-Orr, Roots & Shoots program manager and service-learning specialist in California.

“Training teachers with this new resource will make a dramatic difference in the lives of students and have a measurable impact on their communities. In the past, teachers had to find creative ways to include service learning in the classroom, but our new curriculum is aligned with educational standards, and simplifies the integration of service into lesson plans and academic goals.” 

The process begins when teachers and students work together to identify needs in their communities. Looking holistically at the range of issues facing people, animals and the environment, they develop a classroom campaign that uses academic and life skills to address issues that concern them. The service projects are then incorporated into the classroom curriculum. The curriculum also engages students as participants and leaders while emphasizing the value of education. For students, the curriculum answers the “Why” in “Why are we learning this?”

“In our current educational climate, the integration of real-life issues into classroom lessons is of critical importance,” said Maureen P. Smith, president of the Jane Goodall Institute.

“We need to focus on training young people about local and global issues and how they can solve them. With this new curriculum we are enhancing the existing educational system, and helping young people understand the ways they can effect change in their communities and the world.” 

This comprehensive service-learning resource includes nine different curricula addressing elementary, middle and high school students, as well as extension activities for gifted students and modifications for those with special needs. Available at no cost to educators online, the curriculum and associated resources can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org/janegoodall. For more information about Roots & Shoots and service learning, please visit http://www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/servicelearning 

The launch of the new service-learning curriculum comes at an exciting time for Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots. February 2011 marked Roots & Shoots’ 20th anniversary. Twenty years ago, Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students started what has become an international movement of young people dedicated to creating a better world. Today in more than 120 countries, hundreds of thousands of Roots & Shoots members work together on youth-led service projects to improve communities and to make the world better for people, animals and the environment we all share. For more information on the 20th anniversary of Roots & Shoots, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org/campaigns/20thanniversary

About the Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org

About Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org. 

About the Pearson Foundation

The Pearson Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe. The foundation aims to make a difference by sponsoring innovative educational programs and extending its educational expertise to help in classrooms and in local communities. More information on the Pearson Foundation can be found at www.pearsonfoundation.org.


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Job: VISTA leader position in Northwestern PA

The Children and Youth AmeriCorps*VISTA Project of Northwestern Pennsylvania is pleased to announce its search for an AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader. The Children and Youth project is a collaborative effort of Allegheny College, Edinboro University, Gannon University, and Mercyhurst College, spanning both Crawford and Erie Counties, which are located in “the chimney” of Pennsylvania. The mission of the project is to reduce poverty for under-served children and youth by mobilizing college students as volunteers in partnering community organizations.

The VISTA Leader will be headquartered at the Nonprofit Partnership in Erie, PA, and will be responsible for supporting approximately 15 VISTA members serving at local non-profit organizations and school districts. The VISTA Leader will support professional development of the VISTA members, and help to guide them in generating resources for their programs. In addition, the VISTA Leader will help to strengthen and shape the project’s Advisory Boards, and will help to design outcomes to measure the project’s impact and effectiveness in reducing poverty for children and youth in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

Apply on-line at: http://www.americorps.gov/  (see the “Join AmeriCorps” box on the right–to find the NWPA project, select “Children & Youth” from the first drop down box and PA for state) 

 For more information, please contact:

Erin O’Day-Frye, Project Coordinator

  • Children and Youth AmeriCorps
  • VISTA Project of Northwestern Pennsylvania
  • Allegheny College  
  • 520 North Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335
  • 814-332-5318   
  • eoday@allegheny.edu 


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