The Center for Community Service and Civic Engagement provides a wide range of opportunities to the Washburn University campus. Consistent with the mission of the university, LinC promotes a life-long commitment to learning and service among Washburn students, faculty, and staff by serving as a resource and connecting members of the university community with meaningful service experiences. In addition to providing general volunteer placements with a number of community agencies, LinC offers ongoing opportunities including:
- Community Service Transformational Experience (CSTE): The CSTE includes 150 hours of direct service, monthly mentored reflection sessions, a public presentation, and a final project
- Community-Based Work Study: Students who qualify for Federal Work Study funds have the option of earning this money by working with a nonprofit in the community.
- LinC Scholars - Bonner Leaders: This is a community service scholarship program that requires 900 hours of focused service, monthly mentored reflection meetings, and participation in single day service initiatives.
- Literacy Education Action Project (LEAP): An early childhood literacy program that involves Washburn students in one-to-one reading instruction at early childhood centers.
- Student to Student: An adolescent literacy program that matches Washburn University students with adolescent learners in one-to-one reading and writing tutoring.
- Alternative Break Program: This involves Washburn students in focused service over winter and spring breaks away from campus, team planning and fundraising, and reflection meetings during service experience.
- Service Learning: LinC provides faculty assistance in developing projects to be included in their curriculum, introduction to service sites, and assistance in placement of students.
- Community-Based Research: LinC staff will assist faculty in developing classroom research projects that assist communities and organizations with policy or program change. The research is designed to be Community driven and student directed with faculty support.
- AmeriCorps VISTA: LinC serves a Kansas/Missouri supervisory site for 30 VISTA members located at various not for profit community partners
Support of Learning in the Community will help make this type of programming possible in the future and also help LinC continue to expand and grow its efforts.
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