The 096 Community Service & Learning Practicum allows for students to engage in weekly service and reflection through the enrollment in a zero-credit, pass/fail course. In FY16, The Shriver Center coordinated 1001 placements with @ 80 different community partners.
FY16 UMBCworks Student and Placement Evaluations completed by Service-Learning participants show:
- 66% indicated that the clarity of their career goals increased as a result of their applied learning experience;
- 68% indicated that their oral presentation skills increased as a result of their applied learning experience;
- 70% agreed that their ability to view their career expectations realistically increased as a result of their applied learning experience;
- 74% indicated that they applied their education to their applied learning experience;
- 80% indicated that their self-confidence increased as a direct result of their applied experience;
- 86% indicated that their ability to solve problems increased as a result of their applied learning experience;
- 86% agreed that participating in applied learning helped them to grow as a leader;
- 90% indicated that their awareness of civic responsibilities increased as a direct result of their applied experience;
- 93% recommend an internship/work/co-op-research/service placement to another student.
Staff work closely with students to choose their service sites based upon their passions, goals, interests and availability. Currently, the Shriver Center has community partnerships with organizations that focus on various issue areas that serve diverse populations. These include, but are not limited to, animal welfare, education, the environment, food and housing access, healthcare and mental health. To see a list of some of our Service-Learning opportunities, look at the current version of the Updated Spring 2017 Service Chart.
Additionally, there are many opportunities to gain leadership skills while serving. Service-Learning Student Coordinators lead volunteers in weekly service, facilitate reflection sessions, and foster a positive service-learning experience. Student Coordinators receive on-going support from Shriver Center staff and their peers and benefit from bi-weekly training meetings.
To enroll in the 096 Practicum, students are expected to:
Become familiar with the Service-Learning Opportunities through our Spring 2017 Service Chart.
Contact The Shriver Center to make an appointment with a Service-Learning Team member. Call the front desk at 410-455-2493 or visit The Shriver Center on the first floor of the Public Policy Building.
Meet with a Service-Learning Team member to review the Spring 2017 096 Syllabus.
- Decide on your service site. Many require you to take additional steps before you are able to serve, such as completing a volunteer application, background check, health clearance, and/or interview.
- The Service-Learning Team will connect you with the site to complete their respective selection and/or orientation process. Your site supervisor may be a staff member or volunteer coordinator at the community organization, either a non-profit or K-12 School; some service placements are led by UMBC Service-Learning Student Coordinators.
- Once you are selected and/or complete the necessary steps to begin at the site, prior to getting started, complete the Orientation Quiz on Blackboard!
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