|VISTA Host Campus Applications Due Monday!|
Monday, April 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for the 2012-13 host site application.
Our VISTAs strengthen connections between a campus and community partner as they work to create, expand, or enhance projects that lift people out of poverty. Through their efforts, VISTAs build the capacity of agencies to address community needs.
Host site applicants must submit proposals that address needs in one or two focus areas: economic opportunity, education, healthy futures, and veterans & military families. VISTAs are full-time volunteers who serve at your site for one year. They receive a living stipend from the Corporation for National and Community Service, while host sites pay an administrative fee and provide housing and/or meal support.
Click here for more info and to download application materials! Questions? Contact Chad Fogleman (336) 278-7197.
|Statewide Challenge to End Hunger: The Results are In!|
Congratulations to the thirteen NC Campus Compact members that participated in the Statewide Challenge to End Hunger:
Durham Technical Community College
East Carolina University
NC Central University
Queens University of Charlotte
UNC Chapel Hill
Wake Technical Community College
Western Piedmont Community College
Between November 12, Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, and our Compact's Tenth Year Anniversary date of March 22, they promoted and collated campus efforts to address food insecurity. This was no easy task, as large campuses could only count a small number of the many activities happening regularly through fraternities and sororities, service and alumni organizations, as well as through special initiatives.
The variety of activities was amazing.
- ECU helped glean sweet potatoes and peanuts.
- UNC-Pembroke created a website to help local agencies connect with each other and understand real local need.
- Campus Kitchens at Elon and ECU served meals, reclaiming leftover food in dining halls.
- NC Central participated in Durham's Crop Walk.
- Campbell helped restock the local food pantry.
- Pfeiffer partnered with two local shelters to ensure they had food for residents.
- Western Piedmont ensured every student could participate by placing food collection boxes in prominent places throughout the campus.
- Gardner-Webb. Elon, Durham Tech, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke worked with their own or local community gardens to collect food.
- Wake Tech, Elon, Queens, and Duke joined with Stop Hunger Now to help feed the hungry around the world.
We will highlight a few on our blog over the next few weeks. UNC Chapel Hill is featured this week.
13 campuses, ¼ of our members, for 1/3 of the year: Totals = 19,946 pounds of food and 15,297 food items collected; 107,457 meals created or served; 7253 volunteer hours and $21,802 contributed. Thank you for your service! You are making a powerful impact in NC and across the globe.
Drum roll please . . . The winners of the contest to guess results of the Statewide Challenge are:
- East Carolina University - VISTA Chelsey Bennett submitted the winning guess - 16,042 - for pounds of food collected.
- Western Carolina University - VISTA Derald Dryman (go, Banjo!) submitted the winning guess - 131, 678 - for number of meals created or served.
Both of their campuses will receive $100 to assist with their upcoming community engagement projects. From border to border . . . congratulations ECU and WCU!
Honorable mention goes to Dominique Redmond at Duke for most optimistic! Dominique guessed that our Compact would collect 5 million pounds of food, and serve 3,500,000 meals. The challenge has been laid for our next statewide endeavor!
We appreciate the efforts of Julie Lawson, NC State, member of the Tenth Year Anniversary Committee, for working with our Challenge.
Civic Engagement Training Opportunities in North Carolina
Plan now to participate in upcoming trainings and professional development!
Inaugural Statewide Service-Learning Summit
NC Campus Compact is pleased to be a member of the newly formed K-16 statewide NC Service-Learning Coalition, convened by Communities in Schools of North Carolina. Please join us for this exciting event which will include service-learning leaders and practitioners from throughout the state. There is a track for higher-education and it's FREE!
Service-Learning Showcase and Networking
Friday, May 11 (6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)
International Civil Rights Museum, Greensboro, NC
Saturday, May 12 (9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Register here today! The registration deadline is May 4, 2012.
Civic Engagement Administrator Conference (CEAC): Measuring and Monitoring Civic Engagement
Monday, June 11 (8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.) at East Carolina University, Greenville
Wednesday, June 13 (8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.) at Queens University of Charlotte
We are pleased to be partnering with ECU's new Office of Public Service and Community Relations to bring Dr. Barbara Holland to NC! This event is designed for higher education civic engagement practitioners and those who can help implement civic engagement assessment strategies. Bring a team: CEA, IR, student and academic affairs, and economic development or extension folks working in the community.
Agenda for the Day
- Overview of measuring and monitoring practices
- Clarifying your purposes for measuring and monitoring
- Identifying target audiences, uses of data, and desired outcomes
- Understanding the difference and links between measuring and monitoring
- Developing measurable indicators
- Exploring strategies for design and data collection
- The pros/cons of various data collection methods and existing tools
- Building support and involvement of community, students, faculty
- Next steps . . .
- NC Campus Compact update/closing session
Registration opens April 20, 2012. Stay posted to the CEAC website for more details.
Fall Network Meetings
(formerly "regional" meetings)
Join the NC Campus Compact network for our fall regional meetings. Let Leslie know if you would like to host the meeting in your area. The meeting will include a morning professional development session followed by lunch and the NC Campus Compact business meeting.
Save the Date!!! (10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.)
August 2- Western region (location TBD)
August 3- Charlotte region (Central Piedmont Community College)
August 9 - Triad region (location TBD)
August 10 - Eastern/Triangle (location TBD)
Stay posted to the Network Meeting website for more details.
NC Campus Compact is pleased to partner with the Institute for Public Engagement at Wake Forest University to host a service-learning conference on October 4 - 5 at Wake Forest. More details to follow.
Annual Student Conference
Join us at UNC Wilmington on November 3, for the annual student conference. This year's conference will focus on political and civic responsibility. Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen will be our keynote speaker. Learn more about Paul here.
|NC Campus Compact is Seeking a VISTA Leader|
North Carolina Campus Compact seeks applicants for an AmeriCorps*VISTA Leader. All applicants must have a minimum of ONE YEAR PREVIOUS VISTA EXPERIENCE. The VISTA Leader will work with the NC Campus Compact Program Coordinator to manage all aspects of the Compact's AmeriCorps*VISTA program and provide leadership for a 20+ member VISTA cohort. Compact VISTAs work in communities throughout North Carolina and Virginia to fight poverty by leveraging higher education resources.
|NC State Featured in 2012 Community Service Honor Roll Video!|
This year NC State was one of only five campus nationally to be named a Presidential Awardee on the 2012 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Check out the video!
|Honor Roll - North Carolina State University 2012|
|Civic Engagement Resources|
New Earth Day 2012 Resources Now Available!
The Earth Day 2012 website has gotten a facelift and now contains many more resources for Earth Day event organizers and anyone who wants to help Mobilize the Earth on April 22nd. From banners and stickers to social media tools and press releases, you'll find what you need on this beefed-up, redesigned site. http://bit.ly/HMO7Fk
Everyday Young Hero Award
Awarded weekly to a young person from around the world who exemplifies an extraordinary commitment to service, the Everyday Young Hero Award program is open to youth ages 5-25. Nominations must come from a parent, teacher or other adult mentor. Winners are announced in the NSB, featured on YSA's website and showcased within its social media outlets. Everyday Young Heroes also receive a certificate, award and press release. Nominate a young person you know to be recognized as an Everyday Young Hero at www.YSA.org/awards/hero
2012 Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
Deadline: April 27, 2012
Sponsored by the New England Resource Center for Higher Education (NERCHE), the annual Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty recognizes a faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts and who connects his or her teaching, research, and service to community engagement. Learn more here.
National Education Startup Challenge
Deadline: May 1, 2012
Students from across the country are invited to submit a business plan and a video pitch for a for-profit or non-profit startup that includes an innovative strategy, product or service designed to address one of four challenges to educational success. If you are in 6th grade through postsecondary or an out-of-school youth, you are eligible to participate. Winning students will be celebrated by senior White House and Department of Education officials and may qualify for additional recognition opportunities. http://bit.ly/whd3VF
State Farm Youth Advisory Board Grants
Deadline: May 4, 2012
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is currently accepting applications for service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that are designed to create sustainable change in local communities across the United States and Canada. Applying organizations must be a public K-12, charter, or higher education institution; non-profit organizations are also eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. Projects must address the root cause of the following issue areas: Access to Higher Education / Closing the Achievement Gap; Financial Literacy; Community Safety and Natural Disaster Preparedness; Social Health & Wellness Issues; and Environmental Responsibility. http://bit.ly/yMI7gZ
Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program
Deadline: August 13, 2012
The Home Depot Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations, public schools, and public service agencies in the U.S. that are using the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income and/or transitional veteran's housing or community facilities; and planting trees or community gardens and/or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans. Priority is given to projects that help veterans stay in their homes comfortably. Grants of up to $5,000 are made in the form of The Home Depot gift cards for the purchase of tools, materials, or services. Visit the Home Depot website to submit an online application.
New Social Citizens Website Launches
Are you a fearless, young, next generation leader who is adopting new technologies, fostering transparency, and developing new tools to create change in exciting and fresh ways? Check out the Case Foundation's updated SocialCitizens.org website! The new website goes well beyond the original blog and reflects the evolution of Social Citizens. The site features design elements inspired by the newly updated Social Citizens logo; custom features specially created to foster engagement and conversation; a spotlight on our extraordinary Social Citizens Ambassadors; and much more. http://bit.ly/HPClWV
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