March 13 , 2009 Your Monthly Source of Community Service-Learning News VOL. 6, NO. 6

Super Sunday event 2009

CSU Channel Islands staff and volunteers share information about steps to college with two youth at a Super Sunday church event.

CSU Channel Islands and the Community College ADP Collaborative

As a universityinitiative, CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) has focused its American Democracy Project (ADP) efforts on cross-campus, cross-disciplinary forums and collaboration among regional community colleges. The collaborative, Partnering Community Colleges, Universities, and Communities, included a year-long workshop series for faculty to share techniques, build civic engagement/service learning into the curriculum, and identify models to assess and document civic engagement/service learning outcomes. Through funding from California Campus Compact’s Building Bridges for a Better California, 10 mini-grants were made available to support CSUCI and community college faculty members involved in the collaborative project.The mini-grants supported the development and integration of service learning into an existing non-service learning course. As a result, 11 faculty, 152 students and 29 community-based organizations participated in a service- learning project, 2,280 total hours were served by students and the service learning economic benefit to the community was $50,092.

This regional, collaborative project has deepened and expanded service-learning at each participating campus. Further, dozens of community college students who have now been exposed to service learning may be looking for additional experiences when they transfer to four-year institutions, such as CSU Channel Islands.

Two Fullerton Students Attend the Clinton Global Initiative Conference

CSU Fullerton students Maurine Mikhail-Yakoub and Alicia Prescod were selected to attend the 2009 Clinton Global Initiative University meeting (CGI U), pledging to make a commitment to expand awareness among high school students about the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. Their plan is to build upon the education that younger students are receiving in the classroom and urge the students to take action and get involved with issues that they are passionate about. In the future, Maurine and Alicia will present workshops in local high schools to educate students, meet with those who are interested and provide follow-up to monitor progress.

Nearly 1,000 university students came together at the second CGI U meeting, which was geared toward challenging students and universities to tackle global problems with practical and innovative solutions. This year’s meeting centered around five focus areas: Education, Energy & Climate Change, Global Health, Peace & Human Rights, and Poverty Alleviation. Learn more about the 2009 CGI U Meeting.


CSU and Community Churches Connect in a “Super Sunday” Way

Last month’s successful fourth annual Super Sunday activities featured CSU leaders, including CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, campus presidents, trustees, foundation board members and faculty speaking to more than 92,000 people at a record 70 African American churches throughout Northern and Southern California—more than 12,000 individuals and 18 more churches than in 2008. On two consecutive Sundays CSU representatives reached out to students and families, encouraging them to start preparing for college as early as sixth grade, and providing them with vital information on the application process, financial aid and what classes should be taken in middle and high school.

Dedicated to narrowing the K-12 achievement gap and reaching out to underrepresented students, Chancellor Reed sees the importance of the Super Sunday program in providing access for families in the African American community. Many CSU students, faculty and staff involved in community engagement activities have been working with youth and adults across the state to spread the same Super Sunday message as well. CSU students provide encouragement, support and guidance to young people about the importance of college and what steps they need to take to be ready for college. CSU students serve as tutors and mentors in after-school programs, work with young people to develop gang-prevention and violence programs, partner with city officials on neighborhood revitalization projects and host early childhood literacy festivals.

The foundation of Super Sunday’s success is grounded in an African proverb: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Rosanna Hughes, a staff member in External Affairs at the Chancellor’s Office who has been helping to organize the Super Sunday events for the past four years, said this about the church leaders and CSU staff involved in planning and executing these events:  “Everyone involved is passionate about helping others onto those steps to college and everyone involved has been one of those architects of change who you hear and read about.”

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Beyond Pen Pals

California Maritime Academy Center for Community Engagement’s Writing Literacy Project was created to promote literacy among surrounding elementary school students by building a bridge between higher education and elementary education.  The literacy project consists of an exchange of eight letters between Maritime students and fourth and fifth graders from Grace Patterson and Highland Elementary Schools. The overall goal is helping the elementary students improve their comprehension and writing skills and learn proper letter format. The project also interweaves a cultural component, offering Maritime and elementary students a chance to learn about one another and establish connections that go beyond their own preconceived notions of culture. The Writing Literacy Project hopes to break down walls and open up doors for the children, exposing them to future possibilities for themselves and giving them a chance to see how their thinking can be applied to real-world situations. Upon completion of the project, the elementary students will be invited to a mini banquet at Cal Maritime where they will meet their pen pals face-to-face for the first time.

*The Maritime Writing Literacy Project is based on the Write to Succeed, Inc., program designed by former Sacramento State professor, Catherine Gabor, and the Community Engagement Center's Writing Partners Program.

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