On-boarding Community Partners to the ASPiRE Program


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Suggested strategy for on-boarding community partners to participating in the ASPiRE program. Presentation created by Steve Tyler.

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On-boarding Community Partners to the ASPiRE Program

  1. 1. ASPiRECommunity Partners On-Boarding
  2. 2. Agenda ASPiRE’s objectives and unique experience Success for our Community Partners Engaging the students Next Steps
  3. 3. ASPiRE ObjectivesWhen completing the ASPiRE experience,VCU students will be able to…  Define and explain “service learning,” citing actual experiences and examples  Identify and apply theories of citizenship, social movements, civic leadership, and social justice  Apply academic theories to address local community issues
  4. 4. What Makes ASPiRE Unique Students learn together and live together Life-learning through community partner experiences Coursework that parallels real-time service learning experiences Service learning that aligns with students’ chosen college paths and majors
  5. 5. Creating the Experience ASPiRE is a unique learning experience within the students’ VCU college career  Sophomores apply to be accepted into ASPiRE  Includes a specific four-semester curriculum  Students also pursue the coursework associated with their selected college major
  6. 6. Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: As a group, let’s brainstorm two ideas:  What will a successful experience look like for you and the students working within your organization?  Describe what an unsuccessful experience would look like.
  7. 7. Community Partners –Success How to ensure a successful engagement:  Planned course of action  Having a plan to engage students so that they will be part of the solution  Constant communication  Between faculty, community partners, and students  Periodic “check-ins”  Faculty and community partners have monthly check-ins to discuss progress and observations
  8. 8. Community Partners –Success How to ensure a successful engagement:  Faculty preparedness:  Provide community partners with a clear idea of the learning expectations  What should the students take away from this experience?  Each faculty member will find out what support their community partner will need in order to accomplish the goals  Agree upon the best ways to communicate  Frequency; preferred communication paths
  9. 9. Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: What else can the faculty do to help you prepare you for working with the students?
  10. 10. Community Partners –Success How to ensure a successful engagement:  Community partners preparedness:  Work with the faculty member to verify what the students should take away from the experience  Ask what the support the faculty member will need in order to accomplish the goals  Agree upon the best ways to communicate  Frequency; preferred communication paths
  11. 11. Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: What other ideas do you have that community partners might do to prepare for the students working in your organizations?
  12. 12. Engaging the Students Student involvement:  Faculty provides students with an overview of the learning objectives and expectations  Explain to students what they should take away from this experience  Clearly define performance expectations as part of the syllabus  Participation, attendance, effort, professionalism, behaviors, applied learning
  13. 13. Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: Let’s brainstorm two lists:  List what you can do to engage students  List what might be done that could cause a disconnect with students
  14. 14. Community Partners –Success!Group Discussion: How do you plan on engaging the students in your organization’s mission and work? How should we utilize students for learning, and not just as an extra “pair-of- hands?” Share examples of things that the students might work on in your organization
  15. 15. Engaging the StudentsList of what to provide students: Welcome and introductions  Organization chart and contact info An overview of what the service does for the community  Procedures, processes, policies Calendar of events and deliverables Work assignments and schedule  Job descriptions
  16. 16. Next Steps Dates when students will begin working with community partners List of students assigned to each community partner Community partner’s schedule of work assignments, expected deliverables, and project due dates Communication agreement between faculty and community partners
  17. 17. Next Steps What other action items or deliverables do we need to add to our preparation list? Action Item Who is Due Date or Deliverable Responsible?
  18. 18. ConclusionLet’s agree to… Constantly communicate information, changes, observations, and ideas Be totally prepared for a successful launch and program experience Foster a collaborative relationship Follow up on our commitments to each other