SPOTLIGHT: VIRGINIA TECH
The mission of the Virginia Tech Service-Learning Center is to advance learning and deepen civic responsibility through the integration of community service with structured reflection and study. You can learn more about the Service-Learning Center's history and programs by visiting our website at http://www.vtserves.vt.edu. Descriptions of our key program areas is included below.Community Literacy Corps is a service-learning partnership with the Office of Scholarships and
Global Citizen Partners Program is a bi-lateral service-learning exchange with Tec de Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Students can elect to live in Monterrey during first summer session and work with the university's Semillitaprogram, which provides programming for children in neighboring impovershed communities. Or, VT students can take the first summer session course, Community Service and Volunteerism, and study and serve alongside international students who are studying at Virginia Tech.Read the reflection, Planting Little Seeds in Alianza, by Amanda Davis (VT 07) on her experience with the Global Citizen Partners Exchange.
Hometown Industries engages students with citizen groups and non-profits in various local communities. Hometown Industries provides hands-on group assistance to support grassroots efforts to meet community needs in a variety of areas, including addressing household needs of low-income individuals, assisting non-profits with collecting donated items and maintenance projects, assistance to home-bound older adults, community beautification, and historic preservation. Read more about Hometown Industries' Hometown Healing Projectfrom April 2007.
Pilot Street Project is a partnership with Refugee and Immigration Services. Together RIS and the Service-Learning Center rent an apartment at Maple Grove Apartments in Roanoke that serves as a community school for the families living there. The Pilot Street Project provides a range of programming for children and adults with the goal of building English language proficiency and assisting the families (90% of which are recent refugees, currently from various countries in Africa) in successfully resettling into their new culture. Read more about the Pilot Street Project here.
Service-Learning Expo is an annual event occurring at the end of the academic year. The Expo is a poster exhibit showcasing selected service-learning projects and an opportunity to recognize outstanding students, partners, faculty, and supporters.
Stroubles Creek Watershed Initiative is an interdisciplinary project led by the Water Resources Research Center that monitors the health of Stroubles Creek and takes action to remove portions of the creek from the Virginia impaired waters list.
Student to Student is an adolescent tutoring initiative developed by SCALE (Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education). College students are trained and matched with youth aged 12-17 for a one-on-one tutoring relationship that lasts 8 months and covers reading and writing strategies. Student to Student sites include Tekoa, Inc., and the Boys and Girls Clubs at Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Shawsville Middle Schools.
Team Service is the undergraduate student staff of the Service-Learning Center. Contact us for a Team Service application form.
VT Engage is a campus wide initiative to reinvigorate the university motto of VT Prosim--That I May Serve--by leveraging 300,000 hours of community service annually from faculty, student, staff, and alumni. The first year of VT Engage was dedicated to the memory of the victims of the April 16th shootings, many of whom were actively engaged in service to their communities. Visit the VT Engage website at http://www.engage.vt.edu and pledge your hours!
VTOPS - Virginia Tech Outreach Program to Schools is an umbrella partnership with Montgomery County schools whereby students serve as mentors, technology consultants, resident experts for gifted students, and special subject tutors.