Bridge Builders Amanda Dwyer, Kristin Swan, Jeremy Vanderpool
Overview <ul><li>  Focus on human service program and bridge the gap between Practicum I content and the early stages of l...
Why? <ul><li>Give back to Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>Wish we knew then, what we know now </li></ul><ul><li>Based on ...
Strategy <ul><li>Survey all seniors and build a database for juniors  </li></ul><ul><li>to reference </li></ul><ul><li>Bre...
Additional Strategies <ul><li>Junior/ Senior mentorship </li></ul><ul><li>Internship shadowing </li></ul><ul><li>Offer inc...
Breakdown of Strategy <ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfill 20 hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Col...
Assessment <ul><li>“ And once the advice became practical and personal, it became memorable” </li></ul><ul><li>(Gladwell, ...
Timeline <ul><li>“ Powerful planning not only gives you direction but builds commitment, enthusiasm, and confidence”  </li...
Fulfilling 20 hrs <ul><li>Schedule an appointment with Practicum or Core professor to discuss possible internships </li></...
Fulfilling 20 hrs cont. <ul><li>Execute a job search of potential interest after earning degree, follow up with informatio...
Cold Calling <ul><li>“ If people don’t know you exist, they can’t do anything with you” (Homan, 2008, p. 215). </li></ul>
Initial survey for HSP Seniors <ul><li>What were your initial interests before taking your first internship?  </li></ul><u...
Final survey for HSP Seniors Organization’s Name Location (City, cross streets or neighborhood) How did you hear about thi...
Database <ul><li>“ A social network is a kind of super organism, with an anatomy and a physiology  </li></ul><ul><li>–  a ...
Group Assessment <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Road bumps along the way </li></ul><ul><...
Strategy for Continuation <ul><li>Present work to all Practicum I instructors and allow opportunity to include it with the...
Questions?
References <ul><li>Christakis, N. A., & Fowler, J. A. (2009).  Connected: The surprising power of our social networks and ...
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  • Kristin - Strengths: Passion for project Challenges: Road bumps along the way Jeremy - Strengths: Friendship and humor Challenges: Coordinating full schedules
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  • Bridging the Gap - Community Engaged Project

    1. 1. Bridge Builders Amanda Dwyer, Kristin Swan, Jeremy Vanderpool
    2. 2. Overview <ul><li> Focus on human service program and bridge the gap between Practicum I content and the early stages of locating an internship for Practicum II </li></ul>
    3. 3. Why? <ul><li>Give back to Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>Wish we knew then, what we know now </li></ul><ul><li>Based on personal experiences and challenges from the class </li></ul><ul><li>Relieve some anxieties about the course </li></ul><ul><li>content </li></ul><ul><li>“ Change agents who can connect their work in close communities with others can create a force for broader change” </li></ul><ul><li>(Homan, 2008, p. 35). </li></ul>
    4. 4. Strategy <ul><li>Survey all seniors and build a database for juniors </li></ul><ul><li>to reference </li></ul><ul><li>Breakdown the quarter into a manageable timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Create strategies to fulfill 20 practicum hours </li></ul><ul><li>Offer self assessment to determine individual communication style </li></ul><ul><li>Create a script for communicating with agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with current practicum I students to discover and/or affirm needs, concerns, etc. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Additional Strategies <ul><li>Junior/ Senior mentorship </li></ul><ul><li>Internship shadowing </li></ul><ul><li>Offer incentives for completion/participation in survey </li></ul>Geographic assistance to locate convenient and accessible sites Include career centers interest inventory into course content
    6. 6. Breakdown of Strategy <ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfill 20 hrs </li></ul><ul><li>Cold calling </li></ul><ul><li>Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Database </li></ul>
    7. 7. Assessment <ul><li>“ And once the advice became practical and personal, it became memorable” </li></ul><ul><li>(Gladwell, 2000, p. 98). </li></ul>
    8. 8. Timeline <ul><li>“ Powerful planning not only gives you direction but builds commitment, enthusiasm, and confidence” </li></ul><ul><li>(Homan, 2008, p. 203). </li></ul>
    9. 9. Fulfilling 20 hrs <ul><li>Schedule an appointment with Practicum or Core professor to discuss possible internships </li></ul><ul><li>Attend Internship Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Attend walkabout </li></ul><ul><li>Attend relevant WWU current event lecture </li></ul><ul><li>Visit WWU’s Career Service Center </li></ul><ul><li>Research, arrange, and administer informational </li></ul><ul><li>interviews </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul>
    10. 10. Fulfilling 20 hrs cont. <ul><li>Execute a job search of potential interest after earning degree, follow up with informational interview at that organization for an internship </li></ul><ul><li>Examine positions with transferable skills </li></ul><ul><li>from positions already examined </li></ul><ul><li>Job shadow potential placement supervisors </li></ul><ul><li>Signing of placement paperwork with new supervisor </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to a senior about their experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Job shadow a senior </li></ul>
    11. 11. Cold Calling <ul><li>“ If people don’t know you exist, they can’t do anything with you” (Homan, 2008, p. 215). </li></ul>
    12. 12. Initial survey for HSP Seniors <ul><li>What were your initial interests before taking your first internship?  </li></ul><ul><li>Where was your first internship placement and where is it located?  </li></ul><ul><li>How did you come across this opportunity?  </li></ul><ul><li>Where was your second internship placement and where is it located?  </li></ul><ul><li>How did you come across this opportunity? </li></ul><ul><li>If applicable, where was your third internship placement and where is it located?  </li></ul><ul><li>How did you come across this opportunity? </li></ul>
    13. 13. Final survey for HSP Seniors Organization’s Name Location (City, cross streets or neighborhood) How did you hear about this internship? Internship #1       Internship #2       Internship #3 (if applicable)      
    14. 14. Database <ul><li>“ A social network is a kind of super organism, with an anatomy and a physiology </li></ul><ul><li>– a structure and a function – of its own” </li></ul>(Christakis and Fowler, 2009, p. 289).
    15. 15. Group Assessment <ul><li>Strengths </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul><ul><li>Road bumps along the way </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinating full schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping the vision </li></ul><ul><li>Support and Encouragement </li></ul><ul><li>Friendship and Humor </li></ul><ul><li>Passion for the project </li></ul>
    16. 16. Strategy for Continuation <ul><li>Present work to all Practicum I instructors and allow opportunity to include it with their course work </li></ul><ul><li>Get feedback from senior core on feedback sheet </li></ul><ul><li>“ That is the paradox of the epidemic: that in order to create one contagious movement, you often have to create many small movements first” </li></ul><ul><li>(Gladwell, 2000, p. 192). </li></ul>
    17. 17. Questions?
    18. 18. References <ul><li>Christakis, N. A., & Fowler, J. A. (2009). Connected: The surprising power of our social networks and how they shape our lives. New York, NY: Little, Brown. </li></ul><ul><li>Gladwell, M. (2000). The tipping point: How little things can make a big difference. New York, NY: Back Bay. </li></ul><ul><li>Homan, M. S. (2008). Promoting community change: Making it happen in the real world (4th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole. </li></ul>

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