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  1. 1. 1 2009-2010 Civic Engagement Fund The Gephardt Institute for Public Service operates the Civic Engagement Fund to support meaningful service and civic engagement initiatives. More than $23,000 was requested to support projects, and the Institute awarded $5,574, with each award not exceeding $500. LIST OF PROJECTS SUPPORTED: Agahozo Shalom Youth Village “Green Team” Project in Rwanda Tegan Bukowski, an undergraduate student in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, traveled as one of three Project Team Managers of a “Green Team” of students appointed by the Institute for Global Leadership in January. The students are to design a sustainable model to retrofit the buildings and practices of recently finished facilities for the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, a non-profit orphanage built to help children affected by the genocide in Rwanda. Alliance of Students Against Poverty Alliance of Students Against Poverty (ASAP) members attended a conference to learn, network, and take action in the nationwide fight against poverty in November. ASAP members deepened their understanding of poverty in America and were able to bring new skills and ideas about how to plan their signature event on campus, Homelessness Awareness Week. Amnesty International Poetry Slam WU-Slam, a spoken word/poetry group, and Amnesty International hosted Amnesty Slam in October, a poetry slam that focused on social justice and civic engagement. Hosted by Jared Paul, a respected Providence poet and social worker, the event provided a diverse group of people with a creative forum to discuss discrimination, diversity and social engagement. Campus Kitchen Kick-Off The opening of Feed St. Louis’s Campus Kitchen, part of a national Campus Kitchens Project, was heralded by a large kick-off event in January. As part of the opening event, twenty student volunteers traveled to four shelters to help beautify the shelters and garner support for further participation in Campus Kitchen. Service activities were followed by a reception with speakers from the local community. Campus YMCA Alternative Spring Break-Los Angeles, CA Students from Campus Y spent a week in Los Angeles in March helping to educate HIV/AIDS patients and other community members about the disease alongside the staff of five organizations, each of which are dedicated to a specific niche in addressing HIV/AIDS. The students culminated their service trip with a mini ethnography based on polling and interviews with the local population.
  2. 2. 2 Campus YMCA Alternative Spring Break-Neah Bay, WA Twelve students traveled to Neah Bay, WA, for a week in March where they volunteered at the Head Start program and at the Makah Cultural and Research Center, which serves as a tribal museum. At Head Start students helped teachers care for preschoolers, and at the museum students helped prepare for a 10,000-15,000 person summer festival celebrating Native American culture. Campus YMCA Alternative Winter Break-Jamaica Students from Campus Y spent a week in Jamaica in January mentoring orphans at St. John Bosco Boys Home and New Hope, helping upkeep facilities at schools and orphanages, and teaching elementary students. Campus Y participants conducted a total of 104 hours of service as a group, and plan to hold a clothing drive as a fundraising opportunity to provide more support for St. John Bosco Boys Home and New Hope. Global Medical Brigade to Honduras The Global Medical Brigades chapter at Washington University sent physicians, healthcare specialists, and thirty undergraduate students to provide free medical assistance and medical supplies in a village in Honduras. The brigade saw approximately 500 patients daily for a week in January. Improving Child Health in Rural Guatemala Anita Chary, an MD/PhD student in the School of Medicine & Department of Anthropology, went to the Maya village of Socorro, Guatemala on a medical service trip with the non- governmental organization Wuqu’ Kawoq in December. Ms. Chary worked on several child health initiatives, provided free services and testing to the community, and evaluated the child health program. Latino Empowerment Team Alternative Spring Break-Harlingen and Brownsville, TX The Latino Empowerment Team (LET), an initiative of the Campus Y and the Annika Lynn Rodriguez Scholars Program, sent eleven undergraduates to Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas where they spent a week giving high school students information about how to apply to college, how to apply for financial aid, and what to look for in a college. LET went to five high schools and talked to groups of students ranging from 15-100. The presentation consisted of three skits and two games that were mainly used as a spring board to discuss issues important to students. Lutheran Campus Ministry Alternative Spring Break-Guatemala Eleven students and three adults traveled to San Mateo Milpas Altas, Guatemala to work with ConstruCasa, a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve housing and living conditions of impoverished families. The students build three houses in five days during their one week stay in March. Occupational Therapy Alternative Spring Break-Guatemala Occupational Therapy students traveled to Guatemala City, Guatemala in March to work with Service for Peace, a non-profit organization that brings volunteer groups together to help communities address urgent social needs. Students provided wheelchair evaluation and seating, training on bathing, dressing, and grooming, and instruction of assistive technology.
  3. 3. 3 Psychology Outreach Program Graduate students in Psychology gave presentations at schools in the St. Louis area during the spring semester. The students implemented bi-monthly one hour sessions for classes and youth groups between the ages of 12-16 where they shared the excitement of psychology with youth, connected psychology research with everyday situations such as peer pressure, and raised mental health awareness. Rhythms for Rebuilding Rhythms for Rebuilding organized a charity concert that drew 300 people and raised over $2,000 for KIPP Inspire Academy’s art program in November. The concert included a performance by students from the art program, which inspired audience members to get involved with KIPP through Washington University’s Each One Teach One program. St. Louis Dance Marathon The St. Louis Dance Marathon brings the Washington University students and faculty together with the community in a yearlong effort to raise awareness of and funds for the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) of Greater St. Louis, an organization benefitting the two St. Louis area children’s hospitals. In November, Dance Marathon raised over $134,000 for CMN. St. Louis Home Equipment Lending Program (HELP) Equipment Safety/Use Manuals for Home Medical Equipment Occupational Therapy students created equipment safety/use manuals for St. Louis HELP, a non- profit organization that collects used home medical equipment and redistributes it, free of cost, to clients. The students distributed the manuals and helped educate clients about the use of medical devices, advocating for assistive technology to promote participation within the disabled community and providing training material for future health education programs with other clients. WULaw Alternative Spring Break Seven law students traveled to Chicago to work at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) in March. Participants were paired with NIJC attorneys in areas including asylum, detention, and criminal justice. This hands-on experience introduced the group to the inner workings of the organization and immigration law while also providing meaningful aid to NIJC clients. Youth Reentry Day The Black Law Students Association in coordination with the Eastern District of Missouri, U.S. Probation office, and Missouri Probation & Parole, coordinated a one day event in February for 30 young offenders (ages 18–24) to learn about available resources, training and employment opportunities to help them lead more successful lives. This collaboration resulted in a stronger partnership between the University and law enforcement in assisting young men/women with criminal backgrounds.
  4. 4. 4 Awards for pending projects Empower: an Entrepreneurial Program for the Middle School Girls of Compton Drew Katherine Lynch, an undergraduate student in Arts & Sciences, created an entrepreneurial program that will involve twelve undergraduates and twelve middle school girls at Compton Drew LIC Middle School. The program will be implemented between August of 2010 and April of 2011, and will teach the girls how to start a company and be a successful entrepreneur, while drawing inspiration from strong women leaders. Fun in the Sun: Super Summer Readers Kappa Delta Pi collaborated with third grade teachers at Pershing Elementary School to kick-off a summer reading initiative. Kappa Delta Pi members will hold this kick-off event in early May, which includes a pep rally, an interactive book reading, and complimentary book marks and books chosen by students themselves. Global Engagement Summit Stephanie Koh, an undergraduate student in Anthropology, will attend the Global Engagement Summit (GES) in April, which invites young people with innovative, responsible projects for human and social development and assists delegates in raising money towards their projects. Ms. Koh wants to develop a networking service to increase the awareness of resources available to people on the streets, and hopes to use funding and mentoring resources available at GES to make her vision a reality. Medical Student International Rotation Sarah Proehl, a first year medical student, will travel to Gabarone, Botswana in June of 2010 to complete a rotation at a Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) clinic. Ms. Proehl will obtain medical history of patients, demonstrate knowledge of WHO guidelines for HIV/AIDS in children, and learn methods of preventing mother-to-child transmission. She hopes her experience in Botswana will help her incorporate a community-based approach to medicine in her future practice and research. Project Peanut Butter (PPB): Treating Malnutrition in Sierra Leone Using Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food Yi Wang, a first year medical student, will spend the summer of 2010 in Sierra Leone screening and treating malnourished children with ready-to-use therapeutic food (RUTF) made from peanut butter, and helping to develop the factory in which the RUTF is made. Ms. Wang will be the first student to volunteer under PPB in Sierra Leone, but if successful, this would open up opportunities for future students to volunteer and experience healthcare in the region. Seniors Serve the Lou The Senior Class Council will organize 300 students to perform service during Senior Week in May of 2010. The seniors will volunteer at organizations such as Operation Food Search, St. Louis Foodbank, Gateway Greening, and Feed St. Louis.
  5. 5. 5 Takkana Social Justice Fellowship Eight students from St. Louis Hillel will spend a week building a bakery for a community in the Dominican Republic in May of 2010. The trip is part of a year-long fellowship which is sponsored by St. Louis Hillel and run by the American Jewish World Service (AJWS). Women in Science Day Up to 60 volunteers from the Association for Women in Science and the Young Scientist Program will host an energetic one day workshop which will bring approximately 120 young women from high schools of the St. Louis Public School District to the Washington University campus in November of 2010. The workshop will include hands- on activities, speakers, tours of facilities and an interactive career panel.