Program Highlights

  • Engage with non-profit leaders and local policy makers to gain insight into the real life challenges of community development.
  • Earn 20 community service hours while volunteering with civic and grassroots organizations.
  • Use Design Thinking methodology to develop a project in partnership with local stakeholders.
  • Learn firsthand about real, tangible leadership skills from practitioners in the field.

Program Highlights

  • Engage with non-profit leaders and local policy makers to gain insight into the real life challenges of community development.
  • Earn 20 community service hours while volunteering with civic and grassroots organizations.
  • Use Design Thinking methodology to develop a project in partnership with local stakeholders.
  • Learn firsthand about real, tangible leadership skills from practitioners in the field.
  • W H E N
    • Session 1: June 24-July 7, 2018
    • Session 2: July 8-July 21, 2018

Overview

Are you passionate about making a difference in your community or in the world? If so, then this course is for you.  Experience civic leadership through this community service for teens.

Take a deep dive into the field of community development, an experiential learning opportunity to deepen your understanding of the root causes behind some of the most common issues facing communities. Then, you’ll get the chance to develop your own sustainable project for your own community.

Hands-On Learning

Earn 20 hours of community service learning about examples of civic service by volunteering with nonprofits and policy organizations to understand the challenges facing community development. Along the way, practice skills such as researching, interviewing, and analyzing in order to collect data. Learn firsthand about concepts such as needs assessment, project management, budgeting, and consensus building. At the end of the program, present an analysis and recommendations based on what you have learned.

Real World Insights

Throughout the program, you’ll meet a variety of practitioners and leaders from the nonprofit sector who will provide advice and tips on academic preparation and professional pathways to explore. They will also give insight into the structure and function of their respective organizations and how they utilize volunteers You’ll also meet with local leaders who will discuss the role of local government to promote volunteerism in the community and collaborate with the private sector on joint issues.

College Planning

The True You curriculum is a personal journey of self-discovery that allows students to better understand their strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for growth. We do this through a series of personality assessments, interest inventories, and reflection sessions that help students interested in a career in civic service discover the best path for themselves.

About the Course

This course was designed for students with a passion for community service and an interest in civic service. The course is primarily field-based and involves 20 hours of community service. Students will volunteer in small teams, and work collaboratively to design their final project.