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: July 8-21, 2018
    • Session 2: July 22-Aug 4, 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

Spend the first week focusing on different examples of civic service by meeting with local community and government officials to understand the challenges facing organizations that address critical social issues. Through hands-on volunteering, earn 20 hours of community service. During the second week, develop your own community service project and learn concepts such as needs assessment, project management, budgeting, and consensus building. At the end of the program, have the chance to pitch your project to local community groups.

Real World Insights

Throughout the program, you’ll meet a variety of practitioners and leaders from the non-profit 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.