Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office
The Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office coordinates programming to provide volunteer placements, scholarship money and training to students involved in service-learning and community/civic engagement. We administer the Campus Compact of the Mountain West's Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Program.
Founded in 1993, our office partners across campus and the community to support a teaching and research culture rooted in experiential learning. We offer the benefits and resources of AmeriCorps membership to undergraduate and graduate students as well as to university faculty and staff and community partners. Our office provides mentoring, training, incentive and tracking through a year-long service commitment. Students are also connected with additional service and scholarship opportunities to support their academic and professional development. Our mission is to address high-need areas in our community and participate in the national AmeriCorps movement. Our programming is an excellent way for individuals, groups, university programs and departments to support their service initiatives.
STUDENTS volunteer for one academic year and earn an AmeriCorps education scholarship ($1,175-$2,775). Students may enroll up to 4 times. AmeriCorps membership adds value to the college experience through active learning, hands-on experience, professional development and training in special topics. Student Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Members are eligible for financial support of up to $250 for professional development, as well as additional training scholarship money. Scroll down to find out how to become involved, eligibility requirements and award amounts.
Find more information about membership at:
Note: Financial need is NOT a consideration for this scholarship.
FACULTY and STAFF use the AmeriCorps scholarship to structure and motivate community engagement initiatives in their curriculum and programs. We use established community partners and Site Supervisors to make service placements and we can develop new service projects. Please explore this site to learn more about how our programming interacts with students.
Explore the Compact site to see how it helps members to:
Share best practices
Provide faculty development opportunities
Highlight promising program models
Bring resources to emerging and developing service learning and civic engagement programs
Our office works with students and staff from programs and departments such as:
School of Education
INVST Community Studies
EDUC/INVS 2919 Renewing Democracy in Communities and Schools
ATLAS Master of Science in Information and Communication Technology for Development
Volunteer Resource Center
Institute for Ethical and Civic Engagement and Puksta Scholars
Center for Youth and Environments Community Engagement
Program for Writing & Rhetoric
Find more information about resources and benefits of this program, including the Engaged Scholarship Grant Application at:
COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS work with the Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office in order to receive high quality, long-term volunteers. We work with you to create clearly defined service projects. Your organization provides a Site Supervisor who will guide volunteer activities and confirm monthly logs detailing hours served, performance measures, quantitative data and reflection narrative. We track and mentor students throughout their term of service and conduct site visits to evaluate progress.
This is an amazing opportunity for your agency and for students to address community needs as part of a program that serves across Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. The Compact Service Corps of the Mountain West AmeriCorps Program provides opportunities for students engaged in unpaid service hours to receive a federal education award through the Corporation for National and Community Service.
EDUCATION PLACEMENTS: If you are a teacher or administrator in an eligible school K-12, you may request Academic Mentors, who will focus on academic support and education programs for K-12 students. By placing AmeriCorps Members with your organization, we hope to increase your ability to serve at-risk students. Our vision is that by engaging college students in meaningful community-based service, they will be more likely to seek employment working with high needs populations and continue to be civically engaged.
NON-PROFIT PLACEMENTS: If you are non-profit organization, you can request Capacity Building AmeriCorps Members. The student serving at your agency will focus on developing infrastructure for volunteer resources for your organization by creating new systems and tools to increase your capacity to serve your community. All Compact Service Corps service projects under this focus area must include volunteer recruitment, training and/or management. By placing AmeriCorps Members with your organization, we hope to increase your ability to expand the scale, reach, efficiency, or effectiveness of your programs. Our vision is that by engaging college students in meaningful community-based service, they will be more likely to seek employment working with high needs populations and continue to be civically engaged.
13-14 commuity partners include:
Boulder County CareConnect
Reading to End Racism (RER)
YMCA of Boulder County
YWCA of Boulder County
I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County
Denver 4H (in Denver)
For more information about volunteers from the Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Program and school eligibility requirements, see:
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENT INVOLVEMENT:
Become an Academic Mentor and support K-12 high-need students. Academic Mentors offer support in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and non-profits in the community. Mentors are requested by schools and community members to support academic engagement through in-class support and after school support programs.
If you are a student teacher working in a high-need school you may be eligible for a scholarship. Contact our office to learn more.
Support local non-profits to develop infrastructure to increase and improve the organization's ability to manage volunteers to increase the effectiveness of programs and services.
In addition, students approach us with individual projects, because volunteering is part of their life, and faculty develop placements that dovetail with their coursework. See eligibility information below.
HOW IT WORKS:
1. To participate, you must have US citizenship status. All Compact Service Corps Members are required to complete a criminal history check (CHC), including fingerprinting. The Compact Service Corps program will pay for a CHC to be completed for the Member to enroll. Individuals are not allowed to serve in any capacity in AmeriCorps if they are included in the National Sex Offender Registry or have been convicted of murder.
2. Work with our office to choose a site or determine the eligibility of your service site and create a service project that meets the goals of the Compact Service Corps Program.
3. Choose from one of the terms of service, correlating to different scholarship amounts:
300 HOURS IN 12 MONTHS = $1,175
450 HOURS IN 12 MONTHS = $1,468
675 HOURS IN 12 MONTHS = $2,114
900 HOURS IN 24 MONTHS = $2,775
4. Attend an orientation and training session in late September/early October.
5. Participate in several training sessions and mentorship meetings throughout the academic year, both mandatory and optional.
6. Engage in service activities and report time/progress to your host site and Campus Coordinator on a monthly basis.
7. Accumulate your service hours and earn a service scholarship! Award money is held in an account for 7 years and can be used to use to pay tuition or pay back federal student loans.
EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION:
Once you have completed your term of service and exited the program, you will be able to access your Eli Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. For specifics on what you may use your award: http://edaward.org
ADDITIONAL TRAINING and SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
*Service Year Training*
Our office provides a schedule of training and mentorship opportunities throughout the academic year, open to both AmeriCorps Members and the university community. This is an opportunity to grow as a volunteer, gaining valuable skills and problem solving as issue emerge during service projects.
Assessment of the benefits of our program to the greater Boulder community will determine the need for training in a variety of areas, such as:
- The history and relevance of service-learning and civic engagement
- Classroom management and child behavior challenges
- Conflict resolution
- Cultural awareness
- Working with ESL students
- Developing mentoring relationships
- Ending mentoring relationships
2013-2014 Year Training Schedule:
Open to all students.
6:30-8:00, Continuing Education Center, 1505 University Ave, Room 140
1. October 23th (Wed) - ESL Students and cultural awareness
2. November 20th (Wed) - Behavioral management and working with students with learning challenges
3. February 12th (Wed) - TBA
4. March 10th - 14th (TBA) - Event with AmeriCorps Week to reflect, swap stories, celebrate
5. March 17th (Mon) - New paradigms for working with students
6. April 22st (Tues) - Ending mentoring relationships
*Careers in the Common Good Scholarship*
The Careers in the Common Good Scholarship makes available up to $250 per Member, per term of service to support training experiences that deepen the individual's knowledge, skills and self-reflection regarding his or her service. Compact Service Corps Members apply directly to Colorado Campus Compact and all scholarship application forms can be accessed online.
*Clinton Global Initiative University Scholars Program*
CGI U Scholars 2013: THIS IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP TO CGI U, IF YOU ARE A MEMBER OF OUR PROGRAM!! Through a competetive process, 20 Compact Service Corps Members will be nominated to apply to CGI U to attend the meeting and participate in pre and post-reflection and learning. All travel and training related expenses are covered for Compact Service Corps Members who are awarded a scholarship and selected to attend.
The CGI U Scholars Program application information is found at:
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Annual Meeting is an incredible opportunity to meet with students and national youth organizations to discuss solutions to pressing global issues. At this meeting, nearly 1,200 attendees will come together to make a difference in CGI U's five Focus Areas: Education, Environment & Climate Change, Peace & Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health. As a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students and youth organization directors are asked to develop their own Commitments to Action: a specific plan of action that addresses a pressing challenge on their campus, in their community, or in a different part of the world. At this meeting, they will gain skills necessary to complete this "Commitment," such as community partner development, fund raising, etc. After the meeting, they will also have access to support and guidance from CGI U staff.
For more information, please visit the Clinton Global Initiative University website: http://www.cgiu.org
*3rd Annual Service in Action Photo Competition*
Colorado Campus Compact is thrilled to announce the 2013 Service in Action photo competition! This competition is open to ALL civically-engaged students, including but not limited to, AmeriCorps members actively enrolled in Compact Service Corps. Winners receive a scholarship!
First Prize: $500
Second Prize: $300
Third Prize: $200
January 21- April 5 Photo submissions via Facebook
April 8-12 Jury Selections
April 15-26 Public Voting via Facebook
April 30 Winners Announced
Service in Action Photo Competition creates a public venue for college students throughout the region to creatively express their commitment to civic engagement and be recognized for their service efforts. The competition opens on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and the winners will be announced on April 30th, Global Youth Service Day.
For directions to apply, go to: http://www.ccmountainwest.org/training/service-in-action-photo-contest
ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE:
As a Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Member, part of the AmeriCorps pledge you take talks about "getting things done for communities." That "getting things done" largely refers to your direct service placement with your school or nonprofit where you serve regularly. However, there are a special set of days set aside each year called National Days of Service that offer AmeriCorps Members opportunities to serve together.
National Days of Service, Academic Year 2013-14
September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance: September 11, 2013, http://www.serve.gov/sept11.asp
Make a Difference Day: October 26, 2013, http://makeadifferenceday.com/getting-started/
National Family Volunteer Day: November 23, 2013, http://www.pointsoflight.org/signature-events/family-volunteer-day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, January 20, 2014, http://mlkday.gov/
AmeriCorps Week: Spring 2014 (dates TBD), http://www.americorps.gov/about/americorpsweek/index.asp
National Volunteer Week: April 6-13, 2013, http://www.handsonnetwork.org/nationalprograms/signatureevents/nvw
Global Youth Service Day: April 11, 2013, http://www.gysd.org
Earth Day: April 22, 2014, http://www.serve.gov/earthday.asp
The Service Learning and AmeriCorps Office looks forward to helping you advance your commitment to community and civic engagement and address your service initiatives on campus and in our community.
This is a public program. For more information, please visit the program website.
This program takes place in over 10 Colorado cities.
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- Cherry Hills Village
- Commerce City
- Angevine Middle School - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/Angevine/academics/Pages/AVID.aspx
- Boulder County CareConnect - http://www.careconnectbc.org/
- Boulder Food Rescue - http://www.boulderfoodrescue.org/
- Casey Middle School - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/casey/Pages/default.aspx
- Community Cycles - http://communitycycles.org/
- Dragon School (Emerald Elementary) http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/emerald/Pages/default.aspx
- Family Resource Center - http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15790&Itemid=5423
- I Have a Dream Foundation of Boulder County - http://www.ihadboulder.org/joomla/
- Manhattan School of Arts and Academics - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/manhattan/Pages/default.aspx
- Project YES - http://www.project-yes.org/
- Reading to End Racism - http://www.readingtoendracism.org/
- University Hill Elementary School - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/unihill/Pages/default.aspx
- Whittier International Elementary School - http://schools.bvsd.org/p12/whittier/Pages/default.aspx
- YMCA - http://www.ymcabv.org/ymcaweb/after-school.html
- YWCA - http://www.ywcaboulder.org/programs/youth-empowerment/
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