College Success

Project Info
Instructor: 
Jean Dean
Course Number: 
GenEng 106
Most recent project completion date: 
May 21, 2010
Number of Students that participated: 
18
Total number of service hours completed by class: 
72
Community need or issue addressed by the Service-Learning project: 
Poverty (Hunger, Housing, Homelessness, Community and Economic Development, Employment)**
Youth/Education (Youth Development, At-risk Youth, mentoring, tutoring, primary/secondary Education)**
Environment **
Culture/Arts/Performance
English as a Second Language/ Adult Basic Education
Senior Citizen Services

The students in this class used the placement model approach for their service-learning projects and were given the option of matching their own interests with community based organizations.  Some of the poverty issues addressed included at-risk youth, education, English as a second language, environment, homelessness, & senior citizen services.  A few examples of projects that the students took on were providing free hair-cuts to low income residents and another student donated a musical performance at a fundraiser.  The community partners involved with this class were St. Ben’s, Repairers of the Breach, Dance Circus, Pendleton School, St. Baldis – Cancer, Hmong Church, & Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful.

 

 

The Learning Objectives of the project: 
Diversity
Becoming better citizens (civic responsilibity)
Applying educational experience and skills in community at large
Which of these Service Learning Models was used?: 
Other?
Other: 
Students matched interest with community groups
Types of assessment tools used to document and share lessons learned: 
Presentation
Which MATC Core Abilities were met?: 
Communicate Effectively
Collaborate with Others
Respect Diversity
Demonstrate Responsibility
Demonstrate Environmental Responsibility
AHA moments – transformational experiences reported, comments, lessons, suggestions for others, etc.: 
Yes, one ah-ha was I can use what I am learning to give-back. A cosmetology student donated free (23) hair-cuts and inspired others to contribute also. A music student donated a performance at church service and a fundraiser. Another student accompanied her child's class on an art museum tour and saw the MAM art collection for the first time. Another gained hope when she saw the great teaching and atmosphere for Spanish speaking pre-schoolers in English at Pendelton School. Other 'ah-ha' for all students is the benefit you receive from giving and the list of benefits is long.