Office for University Outreach

Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office

Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office

The Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office coordinates programming to provide training internship service placements, education scholarship money and training to students involved in service-learning and community/civic engagement. We administer the Campus Compact of the Mountain West's Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Program.

Founded in 1993, our office partners across campus and the community to support a teaching and research culture rooted in experiential learning. We offer the benefits and resources of AmeriCorps membership to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to university faculty and staff and community partners. Our office provides mentoring, training, incentive and tracking through a year-long service commitment. Students are also connected with additional service and scholarship opportunities to support their academic and professional development. Our mission is to address high-need areas in our community and participate in the national AmeriCorps movement while preparing students for their next steps after college. Our programming is an excellent way for individuals, groups, university programs and departments to support their service initiatives.

HOW DO CU STUDENTS BENEFIT?
As a Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Member students are accepted into a training internship that focuses on a site specific Service Project and comes with a year-long training program and an academic scholarship ($1,175-$2,775). This service-learning experience prepares students for the next steps after college! Scroll down to find out how to become involved, eligibility requirements and award amounts.

Note: Financial need is NOT a consideration for this scholarship.

WHO ARE ACADEMIC MENTORS?
Academic Mentors are CU students with a passion for engaging in their community. They commit to a two semester or summer Service Project at one of our partners sites, focused on supporting the success of at-risk students in grades K-12. Mentors provide mentoring as part of in-school or after-school programming.

WHERE DO THEY SERVE?
Academic Mentors serve in high-need schools in the Boulder County community or with non-profits focused on at-risk youth.
YMCA of Boulder County
I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County
Casey Middle School
Family Learning Center
Manhattan School of Arts
Emerald Elementary School
University Hill Elementary School
Whittier International School
Sanchez Elementary School

WHO ARE CAPACITY BUILDING AMERICORPS?
Capacity Building AmeriCorps Members are CU students with a passion for engaging in their community. They commit to a two semester or year-long Service Project at one of our partners sites, focused on supporting the expansion of programs and services at that nonprofit.

WHERE DO THEY SERVE?
Capacity Building AmeriCorps Members serve in non-profits and government agencies in the Boulder County community.
Reading to End Racism (RER) (with the YWCA) - Expand RER to other areas of the country
Boulder County Department of Housing and Human Services - Create a Career Mentor program for children involved with dependency and neglect court
"I Have a Dream" Foundation of Boulder County - Support Salesforce and Website Development
Peers Building Justice - Survey high school students and develop a training to better address healthy relationships
BoulderCountyCareConnect - Expand volunteer outreach to support the elderly in the Boulder community

HOW DO CU STUDENT TEACHERS BENEFIT?
As a Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Student Teacher you are able to use your student teaching to address community need and affect change with your students. Creating a service project around your student teaching semester allows you to create an opportunity that benefits you and your students!

WHERE DO THEY SERVE?
AmeriCorps Student Teachers serve in high need schools in the community.
Title I schools
Schools with greater than 50% FRL
Schools with Unsatisfactory test scores

HOW DO CU FACULTY AND STAFF BENEFIT?
The Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps program and scholarship can be used to structure and motivate community engagement initiatives in their curriculum and programs. We use established community partners and Site Supervisors ensure service placements and service projects create a professional environment for students and create lasting impact on community organizations. Please explore the Campus Compact of the Mountain West site to learn more about how our programming interacts with students: http://www.ccmountainwest.org/csc/members

Share best practices
Provide faculty development opportunities
Highlight promising program models
Bring resources to emerging and developing service learning and civic engagement programs

WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
School of Education
INVST Community Studies
EDUC/INVS 2919 Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools
ATLAS Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development
Volunteer Resource Center
Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement and Puksta Scholars
Center for Youth and Environments Community Engagement
Program for Writing & Rhetoric

Find more information about resources and benefits of this program, including the Engaged Scholarship Grant Application at:
http://www.ccmountainwest.org/engaged-campus-initiative

HOW DO COMMUNITY PARTNERS BENEFIT?
Community partners receive high quality, committed, supervised AmeriCorps Members who complete Service Projects designed in collaboration with our office. These Service Projects serve the needs of the Boulder County community whether it's focused on at-risk youth in order to increase student success and development through academic engagement or expanding programs and services in a variety of nonprofits in the community.

This is an amazing opportunity for your agency and for students to address community needs as part of a program that serves across Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The Compact Service Corps of the Mountain West AmeriCorps Program provides opportunities for students engaged in unpaid service hours to receive a federal education award through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

To fulfill the requirements of the training internship program and earn an education scholarship students volunteer at least 6-10 hours/week at the same site for two semesters and up to one year. Students must have US citizenship or lawful permanent resident status and pass a Federal and statewide criminal background check.

Students earn a scholarship based on their hours served in the community:
300 hours in 12 months = $1,175
450 hours in 12 months = $1,468
675 hours in 12 months = $2,114
900 hours in 24 months = $2,775

Please see the attached eligibility information sheet and for more information about project requirements, please go to: http://www.ccmountainwest.org/csc/members


HOW IT WORKS
1. To participate, you must have US citizenship status. All Compact Service Corps Members are required to complete a criminal history check (CHC), including fingerprinting. The Compact Service Corps program will pay for a CHC to be completed for the Member to enroll. Individuals are not allowed to serve in any capacity in AmeriCorps if they are included in the National Sex Offender Registry or have been convicted of murder.

2. Work with our office to choose a site and Service Project.

3. Choose a term of service that meets your schedule and needs:
300 hours in 12 months = $1,175
450 hours in 12 months = $1,468
675 hours in 12 months = $2,114
900 hours in 24 months = $2,775

4. Attend an Orientation in late September.

5. Attend a Time Log Luncheon in October

6. Participate in several training sessions and mentorship meetings throughout the academic year, both mandatory and optional.

6. Engage in service activities and report time/progress to your host site and Campus Coordinator on a monthly basis.

7. Accumulate your service hours and earn an education scholarship! Award money is held in an account for 7 years and can be used to use to pay tuition or pay back federal student loans.

EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:
Once you have completed your term of service and exited the program, you will be able to access your Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. For specifics on what you may use your award: http://edaward.org

ADDITIONAL TRAINING and SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
*Service Year Training*
Our office provides a schedule of training and mentorship opportunities throughout the academic year, open to both AmeriCorps Members and the university community. This is an opportunity to grow as a volunteer, gaining valuable skills and problem solving as issue emerge during service projects.
Assessment of the benefits of our program to the greater Boulder community will determine the need for training in a variety of areas, such as:
- The history and relevance of service-learning and civic engagement
- Classroom management and child behavior challenges
- Conflict resolution
- Cultural awareness
- Working with ESL students
- Developing mentoring relationships
- Ending mentoring relationships

2013-2014 Year Training Schedule:
Open to all students.
6:30-8:00, Continuing Education Center, 1505 University Ave, Room 140
1. October 23th (Wed) - ESL Students and cultural awareness
2. November 20th (Wed) - Behavioral management and working with students with learning challenges
3. February 12th (Wed) - Conflict Resolution
4. March 17th (Mon) - New paradigms for working with students
5. April 8 (Tues) - AmeriCorps Recognition Event
6. April 22st (Tues) - Ending mentoring relationships

*Careers in the Common Good Scholarship*
The Careers in the Common Good Scholarship makes available up to $250 per Member, per term of service to support training experiences that deepen the individual's knowledge, skills and self-reflection regarding his or her service. Compact Service Corps Members apply directly to Colorado Campus Compact and all scholarship application forms can be accessed online.

*Clinton Global Initiative University Scholars Program*
CGI U Scholars 2013: THIS IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO CGI U, IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF OUR PROGRAM!! Through a competetive process, 20 Compact Service Corps Members will be nominated to apply to CGI U to attend the meeting and participate in pre and post-reflection and learning. All travel and training related expenses are covered for Compact Service Corps Members who are awarded a scholarship and selected to attend.

The CGI U Scholars Program application information is found at:
http://www.ccmountainwest.org/accepting-apps-cgi-u-2014-scholars-program

The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Annual Meeting is an incredible opportunity to meet with students and national youth organizations to discuss solutions to pressing global issues. At this meeting, nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U's five Focus Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. As a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students and youth organization directors are asked to develop their own Commitments to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campus, in their community, or in a different part of the world. At this meeting, they will gain skills necessary to complete this "Commitment," such as community partner development, fund raising, etc. After the meeting, they will also have access to support and guidance from CGI U staff.

For more information, please visit the Clinton Global Initiative University website: http://www.cgiu.org

*3rd Annual Service in Action Photo Competition*
Colorado Campus Compact is thrilled to announce the 2014 Service in Action photo competition! This competition is open to ALL civically-engaged students, including but not limited to, AmeriCorps members actively enrolled in Compact Service Corps. Winners receive a scholarship!

First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $200

April 7 - April 18, 2014 Photo submissions

Service in Action Photo Competition creates a public venue for college students throughout the region to creatively express their commitment to civic engagement and be recognized for their service efforts. The competition opens on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the winners will be announced on April 30th, Global Youth Service Day.

For directions to apply, go to: http://www.ccmountainwest.org/awards/service-action-photo-competition

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE:

As a Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Member, part of the AmeriCorps pledge you take talks about "getting things done for communities." That "getting things done" largely refers to your direct service placement with your school or nonprofit where you serve regularly. However, there are a special set of days set aside each year called National Days of Service that offer AmeriCorps Members opportunities to serve together.

National Days of Service, Academic Year 2013-14

September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance: September 11, 2013, http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp
Make a Difference Day: October 26, 2013, http://makeadifferenceday.com/getting-started/
National Family Volunteer Day: November 23, 2013, http://www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/family-volunteer-day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, January 20, 2014, http://mlkday.gov/
AmeriCorps Week: Spring 2014 (dates TBD), http://www.americorps.gov/about/americorpsweek/index.asp
National Volunteer Week: April 6-13, 2013, http://www.handsonnetwork.org/nationalprograms/signatureevents/nvw
Global Youth Service Day: April 11, 2013, http://www.gysd.org
Earth Day: April 22, 2014, http://www.serve.gov/earthday.asp

The Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office looks forward to helping you advance your commitment to community and civic engagement and address your service initiatives on campus and in our community.

This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.

Locations

In Colorado
This program takes place in over 10 Colorado cities.
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  • Aurora
  • Boulder
  • Brighton
  • Broomfield
  • Cherry Hills Village
  • Commerce City
  • Denver
  • Englewood
  • Golden
  • Lafayette
  • Littleton
  • Longmont
  • Thornton
  • Westminster

Program Partners

  • Angevine Middle School - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/Angevine/academics/Pages/AVID.aspx
  • Boulder County CareConnect - http://www.careconnectbc.org/
  • Boulder Food Rescue - http://www.boulderfoodrescue.org/
  • Casey Middle School - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/casey/Pages/default.aspx
  • Dragon School (Emerald Elementary) http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/emerald/Pages/default.aspx
  • Family Resource Center - http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15790&Itemid=5423
  • I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County - http://www.ihadboulder.org/joomla/
  • Manhattan School of Arts and Academics - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/manhattan/Pages/default.aspx
  • Project YES - http://www.project-yes.org/
  • Reading to End Racism - http://www.readingtoendracism.org/
  • University Hill Elementary School - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/unihill/Pages/default.aspx
  • Whittier International Elementary School - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/whittier/Pages/default.aspx
  • YMCA - http://www.ymcabv.org/ymcaweb/after-school.html
  • YWCA - http://www.ywcaboulder.org/programs/youth-empowerment/

Sponsoring Units

Arts & Sciences, College of

  • Service Learning

Program Contact

Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office
acorps@colorado.edu
303-492-7718

Categories

Topics Program Types Audiences
  • Anthropology
  • Business/Economic Development
  • Community Resource
  • Community Volunteering
  • Computer Science
  • Data Analysis
  • Education (P-12)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Foreign Languages/Civilizations
  • Govt./Law/Public Policy
  • Health Care/Human Services
  • History
  • Journalism/Media
  • Math
  • Popular Culture
  • Psychology
  • Reading and Writing
  • Recreation/Entertainment
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Sustainability and Energy
  • Technology
  • World Studies
  • After School Activity/Instruction
  • Civic Engagement
  • Classroom Instruction
  • Community Development
  • Community Event
  • Professional Development - Other
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Service Learning Course
  • Summer Programs / Camps
  • Volunteer Services
  • Adult Learners
  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Families
  • General Public
  • Government
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Non-Profit Organization
  • Rural Communities
  • Senior Citizens
  • Service Club(s)
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Special Needs Individuals
  • Students - Early Learning
  • Students - Elementary School
  • Students - ESL
  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Urban Communities

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