ILCC VISTA White Paper

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ILCC VISTA White Paper

  1. 1. ILCC VISTA White Paper My Year in Review By: Ashley Brazil
  2. 2. Overview• Context• Themes• Student Engagement• Community Partners• Resources and Publications• Goals• Future Recommendations
  3. 3. Context• AmeriCorps* VISTA – Poverty Alleviation – Capacity Building• Illinois Campus Compact – Poverty Alleviation – Service Learning Capacity-building• Adler School of Professional Psychology – Community Engagement Department • Community Service Practicum
  4. 4. Themes• Let’s improve our program process• Let’s diversify our community partners for students with different interests/skills• Let’s make the Community Service Practicum a worthwhile cornerstone of an Adlerian education
  5. 5. Student Engagement• Seminar Visits• CV workshops• Community Partner Fair• CSP student-to-student forums• CSP Expectations Video• Monthly Civic Reflections• Field Trip Program Development• CSP Student Forum• Operation Support Our Troops Event
  6. 6. Community Partners• Site Recruitment• Site Visits• Site Reviews• Community Partner Support• Military Organization research and recruitment
  7. 7. Resources and Publications• Professionalism Module• CSP Student handbook• CV workshop materials• CSP Field Trip Proposal• Fliers• Civic Reflection• Publicizing Relevant Events
  8. 8. Goals• Goal #1 – The Soldier’s Project – National Veterans Art Museum – Operation Support Our Troops• Goal #2 – Enlace Chicago – Chicago Teacher’s Center – Blocks Together
  9. 9. Goals• Goal #3 – CSP Student Forums – CSP Student Focus Group• Goal #4 – New student group out of the former SIS program – Praxis – Our vision is to turn this into a connected student organization whose focus is social justice and social responsibility
  10. 10. Future Recommendations• At least one more full time staff person• Better support for community partners that are struggling to continue to run programs• Continuing to build great relationships with community organizations• A virtual, online way for CSP students to discuss their experience• Increased awareness among faculty, students, and community partners about service-learning and community engagement
  11. 11. Reflections on My Year“It has been a great journey and an amazing experience as a VISTA this year. I have learned so many things and met great people who have and will continue to influence me.”“I can see now that my decision to serve for a year as a VISTA was the best decision I could have made. I have greater understandings of how programs, community organizations, and the nonprofit sector work.”
  12. 12. Questions!
  13. 13. Thank you!

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