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  • 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 2011 University of Cincinnati Clermont VISTA Impact Presentation Presentation Transcript

  • Let’s See How Far We’ve Come UC Clermont College’s VISTA Impact report 2010-2011 With thanks to: &
  • The Plan
    • History & background
    • My day-to-day activities
    • The Impact Report: numbers
    • Some notable projects from this year
    • Future
    • Questions?
    • Thanks
  • Background
    • 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 Compact(OCC)
      • 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).
  • History
    • UC Clermont hosted former VISTA, Austin Watts, from August 2008-2010
  • History
    • 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 & civic engagement.
      • Served on and helped create a report for the Service Learning Community Action Council
  • Numbers from 2010-2011(See Impact Report)
    • 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 Numbers
    • “ 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 some extent.
    • 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 specialized.
    • 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.
  • More Notes…
    • The majority of students who were “civically engaged” and time spent in the community came from service learning courses.
      • 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.
  • Service Learning Numbers
  • Service Learning Numbers
  • Service Learning Numbers
  • Notable Projects/Progress This Year
    • 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
  • Community Garden-Summer 2010
  • Community Garden Fall 2010
  • Community Garden-Spring 2010
  • Community Garden-Present
  • Multimedia Projects
    • Service Learning Students in 2D design and a Multimedia capstone course jumped in with:
      • Logo design for Goshen Township’s Community Center
      • A “how to” video for Habitat for Humanity
      • Brochure design for Thomaston Woods Apartments.
  • Paying It Forward-Eng 289
    • Students participated in service learning and based on their research, writing and service learning experiences defined “at risk youth”.
    • Based on their definitions, they donated funds (via the Paying It Forward grant) totaling $4,500 towards local community based organizations targeted towards helping youth.
  • Paying It Forward-Eng 289
    • Freestore Foodbank Video
  • VITA
    • A Service Learning & Tax Preparation course taught winter quarter by Bruce Davis.
      • 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 the taxes.
  • Tutoring/Mentoring & Special Presentations
    • 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 community.
  • Microbiology students explain how easily germs are spread.
  • Service Learning student and youth at Thomaston Woods
  • Earth Day
    • Part of an American Association of Community College No Child Left Inside Grant.
      • 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
  • Student Organization involvement on Earth Day
  • Jon Streater from the Clermont Coalition for Activity and Nutrition talks to youth at Earth Day
  • Future
    • 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 strategic plan.
    • 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 expansion.
  • The “Thank You” Slide
    • Thank you:
      • Partners
      • UC Clermont
      • Fellow VISTAs and OCC
      • Barbara and Linsey!