15 November 2010

Sorenson Unity Center

THE SORENSON UNITY CENTER
Meeting Date: 7/12/10

You can also visit The Sorenson Unity Center on The Exchange, the Thayne Center’s online community partner database. You’ll find contact information, projects, directions to the site, and other useful information to get you started!

SUGGESTED ACADEMIC DISIPLINES THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT:

Education, Communication, Technology, Social Work

COMMUNITY PARTNER OVERVIEW/MISSION:

The mission of the Sorenson Unity Center, “a place where all is welcome,” is to serve as a community resource and gathering place where all cultures are celebrated and welcomed. The center enhances lives through participation in visual and performing arts, education and community programs.

LOCATION:

1383 South 900 West
Salt Lake City

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR:

Nichol Bourdeaux, Carole Costa, and Janette Nelson.

Nichol is the center’s Director, whereas Carole and Janette are the Coordinators of the Sorenson Computer Center, namely the Computer Clubhouse.

Nichol Bourdeaux
Nichol.bourdeaux@slcgov.com
801-535-6334

Carole Costa
Carole.costa@slcgov.com
801-535-6536

ORIENTATION/TRAINING:

Volunteers will then complete an orientation and training.

REQUIREMENTS:

Volunteers must complete a background check at the cost of the Sorenson Center before they can volunteer.

TIME COMMITMENTS:

The center prefers students who can donate a large chunk of time, but they will accept any volunteers who are interested. The Sorenson Unity Center is open five days a week from about 1:00- 7:00. There are different programs at different times. For example, on Mondays and Wednesdays, children partake in “Robotics,” whereas on Fridays from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm, students partake in “Graphic Design.”

VOLUNTEER INFO/DUTIES:

The Computer Clubhouse is an after-school learning environment where neighborhood youth ages 8 to 17 use technology creatively to acquire the tools, problem solving skills and confidence to lead successful lives. Clubhouse members work closely with adult mentors, students, and professionals in fields such as art, science, education or technology who share their experience and serve as role models. Clubhouse youth acquire the skills needed in the 21st century.

Volunteers can be bilingual, non-English speakers, or have disabilities.

VISTAs volunteered three days from 7/13 – 7/15 and were impressed with the activities and children at the Computer Clubhouse. Many of the children come to the center after school, and it is definitely not a waste of their time. They gain valuable experience by learning the basics of fields such as graphic design, engineering, multimedia, science, and robotics. Carole and Janette are wonderful teachers and mentors, who really have a passion for the children they teach. Treva and I were very impressed with the scope of projects, activities, and computer programs children could partake in. The Sorenson Center almost acts as a safe haven, especially for those children who might not have the best home lives.

Those who volunteer with the Sorenson Center really come out with a meaningful experience. In the few days that Treva and I were there, there were a few children who were already attached to us. We really enjoyed volunteering at the Sorenson Unity Center!

Start volunteering today! You can visit their website and also check out their information in The Exchange.

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