COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT WEEKLY UPDATE

February 10-15, 2014

CCE PROGRAMS

[1] Alternative Spring Break – March 1-9, 2014 – Looking for staff/faculty advisors

Bonner Program Application – Deadline February 17, 2014

John B Well Week – February 10-14thCULTURAL CREDIT OPPORTUNITIES

 

COMMUNITY-BASED VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

[2] United Way Target Parking – February 14th, 2014

[3] Startups x Stetson – March 21-23rd, 2014

The 1st Annual “Stetson Entrepreneurial Group (SEG) First Pitch Competition”

Kilometer Kids – February 10, 2014 – Meet at CCE – 3:45-5:15pm

Kilometer Kids – February 12, 2014 – Meet at CCE – 3:15-4:45pm

Kilometer Kids – February 13, 2014 – Meet at CCE – 3:45-5:15pm

Sweetheart Couples Zumba in Lake Helen – February 13, 2014 – 6:30-7:30pm

Valentine’s Social for Seniors – February 14, 2014 – 11am-2pm

Hatter Harvest Work Day – February 14, 2014 – 12-1pm

Tree Potting for DeLand – February 15, 2014 – 7:30-11am

Daytona International Speedway Fundraising – February 15, 2014 – 10am-8pm [May work in shifts]

 

CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES

[4] Oxfam America CHANGE Leaders Application/Conference [Funded by Oxfam]

[5] Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Spring Retreat   [Stetson funding available]

Unite For Sight – Free Webinar: Innovation to Impact: Importance of a Strategic Framework to Support Growth

2014 NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Conference

IMPACT National Conference at Valparaiso University – February 27-March 2, 2014

Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement at Auburn University – March 26-28, 2014

Stetson University Democracy in America: Participation, Social Justice Conference – March 27-28, 2014

Global Health & Innovation Conference – Yale University – April 12-13, 2014

Youth Service America MONUMENTAL – National Service-Learning Conference – April 9-12, 2014

 

SCHOLARSHIPS, INTERNSHIPS, JOBS, GRANTS, ETC.

[6] Summer Internship Opportunity with the Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)

[7] Volusia Literacy Council Internship at DeLand Campus

[8] Council on Aging Marketing Department Volunteer

[9] Paid internship with TurboVote in New York

Sillerman Center’s annual student philanthropy contest with a winner’s prize of $10,0000

DC Internships – Institute on Philanthropy & Voluntary Service – Priority Deadline Feb. 10th  

2014 SURE Grant Competition now open to all Stetson undergraduate students

City Year – Application Deadline February 15, 2014

Teach for America – Application Deadline February 20th, 2014

AmeriCorps Rolling Application

 

COMMUNITY REPORTS

Community Health Assessment – Volusia County 2013

Community Agenda Snapshot 2013

 

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[1] Alternative Spring Break

It’s that time of year again! We are accepting applications for Alternative Spring Break. This year we have 2 spring break trips. One of the trips is going to Nashville, TN and will be leaving on Saturday, March 1st and returning on Saturday, March 8th. This trip will be working with the Nashville Rescue Mission and will be serving meals at a women and children’s shelter, as well as doing a variety of other projects around the site. We will be staying right in the middle of downtown Nashville, which will make it easy to explore the city during our free time!

The second trip will be going to St. Augustine, FL and will be leaving on Monday, March 3rd and returning on Sunday, March 9th. This trip will be working with the local YMCA to assist with some field day projects at a few of their local elementary schools. We will also be helping plan some of the activities for the children and be responsible for encouraging the kids and promoting teamwork and healthy lifestyles. We will be able to explore the city of St. Augustine on our day off and the beautiful beaches of the area.

Both trips only cost $200 each and this includes expenses such as service, lodging, meals, and transportation! Applications are due by Monday, February 10th at 5pm and payments are due Monday, February 17th! Spaces for the trips are limited, so sign up now! The application is available here: Alternative Spring Break 2014 Application.

***Staff/Faculty – We are also looking for a couple of people to serve as advisors or chaperones for the Nashville trip. It is free for ALL staff or faculty interested in assisting! If you are available, please contact Heather Hamilton at hhamilto@stetson.edu.

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[2] United Way Target Parking

One of our Community Partners is asking for our support! United Way is partnering with Target in the February Target Parking Races. This is how you can help!

Target Department store donates their parking lot and 100% of the funds raised benefit the United Way and our partner agencies which support programs in the areas of Education, Income and Health in order to create lasting, meaningful change locally.

We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Feb. 2014 Target Parking – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/t8Z4Y7
    2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
    3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

For more information contact Diane Olsen at 386-366-9053 or dolsen@unitedwayvfc.org

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[3] Startups x Stetson – March 21-23rd

The Startups x Stetson is a three-day long event, March 21-23rd that starts with idea pitches and ends with minimally viable products (MVP) that are presented to judges for evaluation. Ideas pitched can range from for-profit enterprises to social enterprises to nonprofit ventures. After pitches, everyone votes on which ideas they like the most and the top teams do a call for skills, at which point people sort themselves into teams depending on their interests and capabilities. With the help of mentors with various industry expertise, the teams work on their MVP to develop a demonstrable product. On demo day, the teams pitch their MVP and the judges determine which top three teams are eligible for prizes.

The event is designed to be a win-win-win for students, mentors, and the community. Students gain valuable real-world experience and advice from mentors. Mentors have access to dedicated, talented, and proven students. The community gains a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in which businesses and students partner to foster learning. Not all the teams win, but participants get a unique experience wherein they network, learn, and have fun in a 54-hour entrepreneurial marathon. In similar events around the world, some teams have gone on to start successful businesses.

Contact Michelle Vergara (mvergara@stetson.edu) for more information.

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[4] Oxfam America

Oxfam America is now accepting applications for its national student leadership program for rising college sophomores and juniors. CHANGE Leaders are exposed to the international development issues that inform Oxfam’s work, and apply their skills and creativity to run Oxfam campaigns on campus. Selected students participate in a week-long training in Boston, July 19-25, 2014, which is organized and paid for by Oxfam. Students then work with Oxfam on campus during the 2014-15 academic year and join or form an Oxfam Club to implement an Oxfam campaign on campus.

CHANGE Leaders:

  • Receive leadership and advocacy training focused toward creating social change  locally and globally
  • Have access to expert skills based training, resources, materials and year-round support from Oxfam staff
  • Explore policy issues related to the global food system using a rights based approach
  • Establish connections and share knowledge with college students from the US and beyond

Applications are due April 1, 2014. Learn more about the CHANGE Initiative and read the FAQ at: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/change.

 

Students should apply online at: http://oo.oxfamamerica.org/change/index.php/register/.

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[5] Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Spring Retreat 

The Center for Community Engagement has funds to send two students and one faculty member to the below conference.

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation

Service and Social Entrepreneurship Retreat Weekend

Friday, March 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM – Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Hendersonville, NC

Social Entrepreneurship Retreat: Kanuga Retreat Center, Hendersonville, NC:  March 21-23; in addition to the traditional student retreat offered in the fall, this mountain retreat includes a track for faculty looking to incorporate SE into their teaching; a track for students just learning about SE; and a track for students who want to accelerate their social venture development and/or SE leadership on campus. https://www.sullivanfdn.org/2013/09/04/2013-14-social-entrepreneurship-offerings/

Stetson ApplicationDeadline to apply February 10

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[6] Summer Internship Opportunity with the Campus Election Engagement Project

The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP), a national non-partisan effort that worked with over 500 campuses in 2008 and 750 in 2012, with a combined enrollment of over 5 million undergraduates. CEEP works primarily through the state offices of the key higher education service learning organization Campus Compact, so we’re encouraging Bonners to intern with participating state Compact offices, either in your own state, or in another state you’d like to work with, according to the list below. We’ll also have some opportunities to work directly with the national Compact staff, as described below. The local Compacts have strong ongoing relationships with colleges and universities in their states. They’ll build on these relationships to help the schools use their extensive resources to assist their students in registering to vote, getting educated on the issues, volunteering in the campaigns, and showing up at the polls. After three election cycles, CEEP has pulled together a wealth of effective practical suggestions, drawn from campuses throughout the country, which significantly increase the participation of students as voters and volunteers.

Supervised by the staff of whatever state Compact you’d be interning with, and supported by weekly coaching sessions and conference calls run by CEEP’s national staff (including CEEP founder and Soul of a Citizen author Paul Loeb), you’ll reach out to your Compact’s contacts at colleges and universities state-wide, and help them engage their students.  You’ll distribute the lists of effective engagement approaches that CEEP will provide, and then brainstorm with the schools on how to most effectively apply them. (Here’s a link to our core resource list, Six Key Ways to Engage Your Campus). You’ll begin by finding out what efforts are already going on at a given campus and who is already involved. You’ll then want to identify gaps in current efforts, share relevant resources as CEEP provides them, and find key individuals or groups to get things going at each school you approach. Coached by the CEEP staff, you’ll then talk the schools through how to assemble a broad enough and energetic enough team to be able to contact all key departments and offices. And you’ll keep following up to ensure each schools’ election-engagement efforts keep moving ahead.  Here’s a wonderful video from 2012 Ohio outreach staffer Coral Breuer, describing her experience working with the project.

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[7] Volusia Literacy Council Internship at DeLand Campus

The Volusia Literacy Council is in need of assistance with a few projects at their DeLand campus. They are an organization that offers tutoring to adults and assists them with basic literacy skills. They are located at 1155 C.R. 4139 Deland, FL. 32724. For more information about specific tasks and how to sign up for this opportunity contact one of the below individuals:

Program Director: Jonel Persinger – j.persinger@volusialiteracy.org

Executive Director: William Hinebaugh – w.hinebaugh@volusialiteracy.org

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[8] Council on Aging Marketing Department Volunteer

Council on Aging is currently in need of a volunteer to assist their Marketing Department doing some data entry. Council on Aging is a non-profit organization devoted to assisting our aging community by enhancing their quality of life. The position would have a somewhat flexible schedule, which could be worked around class schedules Monday through Friday.  Currently, the work is backlogged, so it would require someone to volunteer in roughly a few 3-4 hour blocks and then ongoing for a couple of hours per week. If anyone is interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact the individual below to find out more information:

Nutrition & Volunteer Coordinator: Deb Korfage-Amborn

Phone: 386.253.4700 x 239

Email: dkorfage-amborn@coaiaa.org

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[9] Paid internship with TurboVote in New York

Come spend your summer in New York at a paid internship with TurboVote!

At Democracy Works, we build technology that makes it possible for voters to sign up online and get everything they need to vote, in every election, for the rest of their lives.

Since 2012, more than 200,000 voters have used TurboVote tools, including over 40,000 students at our 70 partner colleges. Now, we’re looking for the best college organizers, leaders, and communicators in America to help us lay the groundwork for partnering with 300 new colleges by the 2014 mid-term elections.

This dynamic intern team will work to build support among student leaders, college administrators and faculty to bring TurboVote to their schools and ensure that our partners are prepared to successfully launch TurboVote this coming fall.

Read more about our intern program on our blog, where our returning intern captain Anjelica Smith wrote about her experiences on the Summer 2013 team.

Since we are a startup, you’ll get to wear a lot of hats, like:

  • Relationship expert: You’ll be reaching out to colleges and students from around the country to get them engaged in the work of institutionalizing voting on their campuses.  You’ll need the confidence and judgment to do so effectively.
  • Energizer: You’ll be rallying the team and our networks of local leaders to accomplish a very ambitious goal.
  • Logistics Guru: You’ll be guiding our partners through the rigors of higher education bureaucracy as they to become champions of cross campus collaboration.

Qualifications:

  • Ability to build rapport and effectively maintain  relationships.
  • Strong organizational and writing skills. Ability to multi-task.
  • Ability to follow through on commitments.
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and the passion to turn vision into reality.
  • Genuine desire to innovate a better democracy.
  • Experience in political organizing, communications, copy editing, customer service or business development preferred
  • Proficiency in Power Point and/or Keynote, In-design, and Excel preferred

This full-time position is located in Brooklyn. The internship will take place over 10 weeks from June 2nd through August 8th.

The internship comes with a $3,000 stipend, glory, the chance to revolutionize democracy, stellar connections, and great recommendations. Students may also be eligible to receive college credit.

Prospective candidates should send a résumé and two references to Matthew Norfleet at intern@turbovote.org with the subject line “Will intern for democracy” to begin the application process. Applications are due by February 27th, but applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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If you anticipate any barriers to your access, participation, transportation to, or inclusion in any of these opportunities, please contact the Center for Community Engagement.

Want to make a submission to the Community Engagement Weekly?  E-mail a title and description (subject of e-mail should read “Community Engagement Weekly Submission”) to Heather.