Students dedicate summers to service nationally, globally

first_imgFor the past several months, Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns (CSC) provided students the opportunity to serve with partner agencies, examine social issues and reflect on their experiences through the Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) and International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP) grounded in the roots of Catholic social thought.Two hundred and seventeen students completed SSLPs in 175 sites across the country, which were sponsored by 106 Notre Dame alumni clubs. Fifty three students completed ISSLPs in 17 countries, according to CSC  international service learning and justice education director Rachel Tomas Morgan. The ISSLP offers a chance to combine academic studies with hands-on volunteer activities in vastly different cultures across the globe, she said.The program includes a “year-long academic service-learning program that comprises two courses and the eight-10 week service-learning field placement so students receive an academic framing that surrounds their immersion experience,” Tomas Morgan said.Theological reflection and summer service learning director Andrea Smith Shappell said the SSLP also encourages students to learn academic and personal lessons through active service and integration in communities.The SSLP “recognizes that building relationships with people who live on the margins of society brings knowledge about people and social issues in ways that cannot be taught in a classroom setting,” Shappell said.Both programs require students to take workshops and classes on campus and then immerse themselves in the topic of study. Tomas Morgan said the ISSLP, which encompasses a three-credit pre-departure theology course and one credit for summer work, forces students to recognize and evaluate the existence of extreme poverty across the globe.“Through our classes, students are introduced to pressing global issues. Students who participate … already have a strong heart for the poor. It is our hope that our students also develop and cultivate a mind for the poor,” Tomas Morgan said.Shappell said the SSLP can also open students’ minds to future academic and career decisions and deepen their commitment to community service. SSLP students earn three theology credits for their summer work.“The SSLP has the potential for being a transformative experience for students,” she said. “This may be a new understanding of putting their faith in action, redirecting their career plans or deepening their commitment to community engagement.”Sophomore Amber Bryan spent her eight-week SSLP in New Orleans serving at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church for the Local Organizing Ministry.“I did a wide variety of things — help with the opening of a new school in the community, establish a good neighbor ordinance between community members and businesses with alcohol beverage permits, pack food in the food pantry and map blighted property,”  Bryan said.Bryan said the SSLP sparked a deeper interest in policymaking and reinforced her previous interest in education.“It was rewarding to help people get more than the immediate change that can be completed in 20 hours or so,” she said. “After the SSLP, I am going to be taking more research and policy courses. This experience reassured me that I want to work in education policy.”Senior Emily Horvath spent eight weeks in Chennai, India, working at Vidya Sagar school for children with developmental disabilities. She said her passion for occupational therapy led her to seek the opportunity of an ISSLP, which would push her outside her comfort zone.“I spent my time working in the occupational therapy department and teaching a creative movement (music and dance) class,” Horvath said. “The curiosity to travel to a random city in a random country, knowing no one, and see if I could come out of the experience with amazing new relationships plus a strong desire to pursue occupational therapy in a setting where I’d be working with children with developmental disabilities, made me choose to participate in an ISSLP.”“This experience also opened my eyes to the battle for the rights of people with disabilities that is currently being fought in India,” she said. “I formed friendships with people who face these issues every day. Forming these relationships has transformed my perspective on issues of global human development.”Tags: Center for Social Concerns, CSC, ISSLP, Notre Dame, service, SSLPlast_img read more

COMMUNITY NOTICE: ROSSES CDP SET UP BEFRIENDING SERVICE TO HELP ISOLATED ELDERLY PEOPLE

first_imgRosses Community News:Rosses CDP Befriending Service: We currently have trained volunteers to visit older people in their homes in the Rosses area for one hour a week to chat and have a cuppa. If you would like a visit from one of our volunteer’s contact Norah on 074 95 61686.There are places available for the following courses:  Child Protection Training, Safe Pass, First Aid, Manual Handling.  These courses will commencing shortly if there are adequate numbers.  Book before 18th September.  Contact 074 9561686. The following activities will commence in CDP na Rosann:  English Classes – 4th September at 7 p.m. Kurling – 9th September at 2 p.m. Active Retirement – 29th September at 11 a.m. Playmatters – 5th October at 10 a.m.The 2015 Parenting Plus Programme will begin on Friday 18th September 2015 in the Rosses CDP.The course is a practical and positive evidence based course which is designed to help parents develop their existing parenting skills and learn new techniques which will help manage and solve everyday parenting issues.In addition the course will help to create satisfying and enjoyable family relationships whilst promoting children’s learning and confidence. If you are interested in the course please contact the Rosses CDP in Dungloe on 074 9561686 or Caroline Barrett at Downstrands on 0873652577 by Wednesday 9th September.Selection of Autumn wear now available in Siopa Pobal na Rosann, Main St., Dungloe.  If you have a few hours to spare, we would appreciate if you would volunteer in our shop.  Contact 074 9561686.COMMUNITY NOTICE: ROSSES CDP SET UP BEFRIENDING SERVICE TO HELP ISOLATED ELDERLY PEOPLE was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FeaturesNoticesRosses CDPlast_img read more