Last year of program at UC Clermont, VISTA’s serve as a sort of “jump start” to create programs or take them to the next level. We are not a replacement for staff.
Mention CAD Project for water as well and cooperation with facilities.
“we” has been intentional in my use of language.
2011 University of Cincinnati Clermont VISTA Impact Presentation
Let’s See How Far We’ve
UC Clermont College’s
VISTA Impact report
With thanks to:
I. History & background
II. My day-to-day activities
III. The Impact Report: numbers
IV. Some notable projects from this year
• VISTA=Volunteer In Service To America
– An Americorps VISTA “…creates or expands programs designed to
bring individuals and communities out of poverty.”
• VISTA’s placed through an initiative by the Ohio Campus
– OCC is “a non-profit, membership coalition of 46 college and
university presidents and their campuses working to promote the
civic purposes of higher education.”
– OCC VISTAs help build and leverage campus resources into the
community to fight poverty.
• This will be the third and final year of a VISTA at UC Clermont to
work on service learning and civic engagement.
– Can pursue opportunities with OCC’s VISTA program after sitting
out a year for another issue (e.g, Veteran’s issues, college access,
food access, etc).
• UC Clermont hosted former VISTA,
Austin Watts, from August 2008-2010
• Austin worked with Barbara Wallace to
establish community partnerships, create
service learning handbooks and train/support
faculty in service learning.
• Additionally, Austin worked with Student Life to
create civic engagement opportunities for
student organizations and served as the advisor
for the student organization, SHOCK.
• Before leaving, Austin helped form the Service
Learning Community Action Council
The VISTA’s Role
• This year, I:
– Continued to support faculty, students and
community partners in service learning courses
– Maintained/expanded our community partnerships
– Created/advertised civic engagement opportunities
for SHOCK & Clermont Scholars
– Supported the NCLI and PIF grants
– Created/revised resources for service learning &
– Served on and helped create a report for the
Service Learning Community Action Council
Numbers from 2010-2011(See
The VISTA Impact: by the numbers(2010-2011):
• Civically Engaged Students: 429
• Total Hours Engaged: 4,611
• Service Learning Faculty: 16
• Service Learning Courses: 31
• Partner Agencies: 26
• Community Members Impacted (directly): 350
• Value* of Community Engagement: $102,990
*One hour=$21.36 (Independent Sector, 2010)
Notes on the 2010-2011
• “Civically Engaged”=umbrella term for students who
volunteer and/or took a service learning course.
– Around 4,000 students enrolled at the start of the year
therefore 10% of student population is “civically engaged” to
• The number of hours is a conservative estimate.
• I would argue so is the dollar value from
independentsector.org as the skills students use are
• Our community impact is greater than 350 when
considering our efforts in regards to food security.
– that was only the number of youth served at the Boy’s &
Girl’s Clubs of Clermont County this year and on Earth Day.
• The majority of students who were
“civically engaged” and time spent in the
community came from service learning
– Additionally, the only retrospective data I have
is from service learning
• Note: This is does not mean that students
do not volunteer on their own or as part of
an organization but we didn’t have the
capacity to track this data.
• A sampling of service learning & civic
engagement projects from the year:
– Community Garden
– Multimedia Projects
– Paying It Forward grant (Philanthropy)
– Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
– Tutors/Mentors for youth
– Special presentations in after-school programs
– Earth Day
• Service Learning Students in 2D design
and a Multimedia capstone course
jumped in with:
– Logo design for Goshen Township’s
– A “how to” video for Habitat for Humanity
– Brochure design for Thomaston Woods
Paying It Forward-Eng 289
• Students participated in service learning
and based on their research, writing and
service learning experiences defined “at
• Based on their definitions, they donated
funds (via the Paying It Forward grant)
totaling $4,500 towards local community
based organizations targeted towards
Paying It Forward-Eng 289
• Freestore Foodbank Video
• A Service Learning & Tax Preparation
course taught winter quarter by Bruce
– This kept a large amount of money in the
community and saved residents money on
tax preparation services as well.
– Students were certified by the IRS to file
Tutoring/Mentoring & Special
• Every quarter saw UC Clermont
students working with local after-school
programs as tutors/mentors.
• Spring/Winter quarters included special
presentations on public health and
environmental education for youth in the
Microbiology students explain
how easily germs are spread.
Service Learning student and
youth at Thomaston Woods
• Part of an American Association of
Community College No Child Left Inside
– Focuses on Promoting Environmental Literacy
• Involved service learning courses, student
organizations and community partners.
• Leveraged funds from AACC to support
Earth Day. Duke Energy funded the garden
– Thanks Meredith Delaney for connecting us
with the Duke funds!
Microbiology student present
to youth on Earth Day
Jon Streater from the Clermont
Coalition for Activity and Nutrition
talks to youth at Earth Day
• We hope to build on momentum that we have created the
past three years.
• Barbara will continue to direct the program and work with
faculty, partners and students.
• We hope to include service learning in the college’s
• SLCAC and Mentors from AACC grant recommended the
creation of an office with full time director and specific
policies and procedures.
– This is necessary in order to ensure quality, including risk
management for our students/community, and continued
The “Thank You” Slide
• Thank you:
– UC Clermont
– Fellow VISTAs and OCC
– Barbara and Linsey!