01 August 2013

Civically Engaged Scholar August Reflection Prompt

CES August Blog Post

  • Where did you volunteer this month?
  • What was your most rewarding experience?
  • What was your most challenging experience?
  • Did this experience connect to anything else you are learning in any of your classes?

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  2. Summer semester is much more intense than expected. I was still able to spend the summer focusing on Leadership hours. The SLCCSA chair training has covered everything from accountability to food handling. Along with that are the many hours I spend working to represent the students as the Student Senator for our diversity departments. I am working to build a stronger relationship with the directors and students in those departments.

    For August, I will continue as a Senator. I'm working toward building a relationship between SLCC and code.org, a non-profit centered around helping everyone learn to program computers. I am helping a candidate for city council, district 7. I may also begin work as a tutor in the computer language Java. I am very interested in getting involved with the Boy Scouts again so I can share my love of camping, hiking, and backpacking.

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  3. So, August has arrived... The past two months have been quite interesting. I have been spending the majority of my time with UTFLL. For the second year in a row, Phi Theta Kappa will support the annual UTFLL at SLCC Qualifying Event. I am currently building the UTFLL @ SLCC Organizing Committee and attempting to create a Community Partnership with the Thayne center and PTK. Busy does not even begin to explain how my summer has gone. I have had great success, thus far, in the realm of Event Management and I look forward to building a solid network that I am able to maintain beyond my college experience. I could write about all the things I have done for the past few months, however I am going to keep my reflection short and sweet. I have most recently been elected the PTK Chapter President and have created an air of success for the upcoming UTFLL season. Whoa, this post does no justice the amount of stuff I am excited to share! All in due time...

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    1. Christopher this all sounds very exciting but I wish I knew what UTFLL & PTK meant? lmh

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  4. Hey everyone. I'm new to CES and this is my first Blog post. I am super excited to be a part of CES. Last week I picked up volunteering again after a little break. I volunteered at Wasatch Community Gardens. Every Friday I will be helping them out in their office. To me I feel like I am really helping them and making a difference even if it is just office work for the moment. They only have eight people on staff so any volunteering gives them a huge help. The part I enjoy best is working along side these amazing people, they are truly so nice and welcoming. The plus side, I have been stocked up on seeds for fall planting. I am proud to be a part of this organization that helps educate adults and kids about the benefits of growing and eating healthy organic produce. I plan on making my rounds in this organization. Helping them in the office, the garden as well as at their events. There are a lot of things I can dive into and learn before I dip my toes into the next non-profit organization.

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    1. Hi LeeLou- Welcome to CES. I hope you have fun during your time with us. I admire the way you were able to connect the importance of office work and the impact it make to your organization. I think that sometimes that is difficult.
      Thanks for sharing-
      Jenny

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  5. August began for me with volunteering at Day Camp. This is exactly what it sounds like, camping for a day (three actually). We met up the canyon at 8:30 am and the girls left about 3:00pm each day. This year the theme was "A Wild Wonderful World." We focused on the WAGGS (World Association of Girl Guides and Scouts)four world centers.
    My specific job this year was to teach "Outdoor Living Skills." I taught girls in grades K-6 compass and map skills. Then we put it all together by taking a hike. The challenging part about this was making an essential but boring skill fun for the girls.
    On our last day we had to evacuate because of thunder storms, and some serious rain. This went very smoothly considering the amount of gear and numbers of girls we had to transport. Despite the move the girls enjoyed the last half of the day at our evacuation site.
    The best thing about this experience was getting the chance to encourage a young lady to continue to develop her leadership style by continuing with Girl Scouts and the programs they offer specifically to help older girls with this. Okay, truthfully that is right up there with getting to spend three days in the mountains with girls and rattle snakes...
    Jenny Ownby

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  6. I am a part of the Social Work Association at SLCC and we are doing a school supply drive, it has been a great experience volunteering and being a part of this group. We have a lot of things coming up and we have been discussing the opening of a food pantry for students at SLCC, it's been great to be able to contribute to this cause and see how to change and idea into actual real life.

    MissTee

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  7. So for this month I have done alot more because I became an America Read tutor and will be volunteering and helping out with the Run for the Wolves this saturday. I am still very new and is just starting out so if anyone know a place near West Valley I can volunteer at I would love for you to tell me. I have also join the Asian association club which will be doing alot of community work and I will also be helping out my old high school as well!

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    1. Carolyn,
      I would be more than happy to sit down with you and find some places to volunteer in West Valley. Send me an email at sean.crossland@slcc.edu and we'll find a time to meet.

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  8. I'm going to eventually volunteer in a queer-safe space that helps people with lower incomes. I have not started considering places yet, but I am open to suggestions. I would love something like a soup kitchen, although I don't know if a place like that exists. A place that helps people that are homeless would be awesome.

    I'd love a place downtown(I live downtown) or somewhere close to a TRAX station north of 39th south.

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    1. Hey Jacob, You could check out St. Vincent de Paul's kitchen. It's downtown. The Homeless Youth Resource Center also strive to be a queer-safe place, and may have some excellent opportunity for you. Let me know if you'd like to chat about other opportunities. Sean

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  9. I have been Part of the Organization Cheer Salt Lake and it has been great!! What this organization does is Cheer for Charity. Its great because I get to meet other people wanted to meet new people, raise money for other charities and get involved with the community. Our main charity we give to is Utah AIDS Foundation. Its been a blast so far.

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  10. This month I volunteered at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum. This is the organization for which I will perform 100% of my volunteering hours.

    My most rewarding experience for the month was when I was given the opportunity to play with Kyle. Kyle is a 6 year old child with moderate autism. Kyle usually comes into the museum at least once a month, and I feel very fortunate when he comes when I'm volunteering. Throughout the months, Kyle has given me a new appreciation for life.

    Playing with Kyle was also my most challenging experience because his condition sometimes leaves him with a short temper. However, I wouldn't have Kyle be any other way because it is the whole of his personality that makes him truly unique.

    Since I'm taking business classes, this experience did not connect with any of my classes.

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  11. Scarlett BiermannSaturday, August 24, 2013

    Hello everyone! As for August, I was working with the Cheer Salt Lake team (a cheer team that raises funds for medical charities). However, I am now unable to be as integral in that group due to my schedule... So now, I am going to start volunteering with the Homeless Youth Resource Center as soon as possible! I am SO excited to start working alongside this organization. They are making such a remarkable difference in the lives of the "at risk" youth population of Salt Lake City, and I NEED to be a part of this. I have always felt a deep connection with these kids, so being able to actually get to help out will be life changing. I have already heard the story of a girl who became homeless at age 14 due to abuse in the family, and turned to drugs to help numb her deep rooted pain. Now at age 18, she was able to turn her life around completely with the help of this center. Although I know that I won't always witness stories as fortunate and inspiring as this young girl's, I am looking forward to helping these youth towards a brighter future.

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    1. Scarlett BiermannSaturday, August 24, 2013

      Oh, I almost forgot... The most rewarding part of this experience will be to help them better their lives. The most challenging part will be the process that the kids go through to do this (breaking addictions, seeing their struggle, feeling their pain, hearing about tragic life events, etc).
      I feel that my leadership class will come in handy for this experience, as I will be taking on a leadership/ mentoring position. My marriage and family will most likely come into play as well, as that class touches upon a lot of family dynamic and psychological topics.

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  12. August has definitely been a crazy month. I had the privilege of attending the SLCC leadership conference up at snowbird this year. That was a really great time to contemplate this years volunteer projects. After returning from snowbird, SLICE had their own training sessions. We were able to go YWCA downtown and tour the grounds. While we were visiting their we talked with YWCA coordinator,she told us about some of their specific needs. After hearing about the different ways to be involved we decided we have to fulfill some of these necessities. I am greatly looking forward to this year's volunteer opportunities!

    H.K.

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    1. Hi H.K

      I was thing thinking of volunteering at the YWCA. Would you mind saying what some of their specific needs were? Thanks so much!

      Leah

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  13. Most of the this month has been a challenging time for my family and I. I didn't really have much ability to do outside of my home to do service with a nonprofit. I was supposed to go to help with an event with my non-profit but it happened to be the day after my grandpa and best friend died. I did help collect donations from local businesses that were raffled at that event. Most of this summer has been focused on my leadership hours. I am now the service chair for SLCCSA so I have been working on planning Hunger and Homelessness Week and service projects for the semester. While looking for service opportunities I'm rather excited with all the different possibilities available.

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    1. Hey Shelbie, sorry to hear about your losses. My grandpa passed away last week as well. It's tough. We're very excited that you are the Serice Chair, and I look forward to working with you more in the future. -Sean

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  14. This month I did not volunteer my time very much, but I did go to the introductory training for SLICE. It was nice to meet all the new members and see some of the work we had already done as individuals. The most rewarding experience I got from this training was seeing other’s perspectives on social justice issues.

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  15. This month I volunteered at Cheer Salt Lake. My most rewarding experience was teaching a routine for an upcoming event. It was challenging because we did not have much time to learn it, but we pulled through. In my classes, I have learned to never give up, especially with math. I never gave up teaching this routine.
    -cadey rhinelander

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  16. This month for me has been a VERY busy thing to accomplish. Between starting school at Salt Lake Community College and The University Of Utah I have felt very busy. I have been involved with the SLICE program here at Salt Lake Community College and we have had the opportunity to visit the YWCA and attend a retreat that was held at Snowbird.
    For me the most rewarding experience was during part of the retreat during which I was apart of a seminar that involved a lot of self actualization. I think it is important not only as a student and a leader but also as a person to invite new ideas and perspectives into my life. This happened a lot while I was at the retreat and I appreciated the opportunity to get to know some of my fellow SLICE members as well as other students who are involved in different groups within Salt Lake Community College.
    This month the most challenging thing I am facing is time management. I am taking 23 credit hours this semester and I am incredibly exhausted. I am lucky to have the support system that I have in place and I am constantly reminding myself how much that means to me. Being able to get a few hours of sleep in between class or when I have the chance to on the weekend has turned out to be a pivotal part of the success of this semester. (This all being written at 4:04am)
    I believe that I am learning a lot within my classes as well as my experience with the organizations that I am part of. I think tend to attempt to nail down the if's and how's of what it is I am doing in order to process what needs to be done which can often lead me to a disconnect on why I went in that direction but with my projects I am involved in I have an overwhelming connectedness with a lot of what is being done even in the courses that aren't really geared towards engagement.

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  17. This month for me has been a VERY busy thing to accomplish. Between starting school at Salt Lake Community College and The University Of Utah I have felt very busy. I have been involved with the SLICE program here at Salt Lake Community College and we have had the opportunity to visit the YWCA and attend a retreat that was held at Snowbird.
    For me the most rewarding experience was during part of the retreat during which I was apart of a seminar that involved a lot of self actualization. I think it is important not only as a student and a leader but also as a person to invite new ideas and perspectives into my life. This happened a lot while I was at the retreat and I appreciated the opportunity to get to know some of my fellow SLICE members as well as other students who are involved in different groups within Salt Lake Community College.
    This month the most challenging thing I am facing is time management. I am taking 23 credit hours this semester and I am incredibly exhausted. I am lucky to have the support system that I have in place and I am constantly reminding myself how much that means to me. Being able to get a few hours of sleep in between class or when I have the chance to on the weekend has turned out to be a pivotal part of the success of this semester. (This all being written at 4:04am)
    I believe that I am learning a lot within my classes as well as my experience with the organizations that I am part of. I think tend to attempt to nail down the if's and how's of what it is I am doing in order to process what needs to be done which can often lead me to a disconnect on why I went in that direction but with my projects I am involved in I have an overwhelming connectedness with a lot of what is being done even in the courses that aren't really geared towards engagement.

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  18. This month for me has been a VERY busy thing to accomplish. Between starting school at Salt Lake Community College and The University Of Utah I have felt very busy. I have been involved with the SLICE program here at Salt Lake Community College and we have had the opportunity to visit the YWCA and attend a retreat that was held at Snowbird.
    For me the most rewarding experience was during part of the retreat during which I was apart of a seminar that involved a lot of self actualization. I think it is important not only as a student and a leader but also as a person to invite new ideas and perspectives into my life. This happened a lot while I was at the retreat and I appreciated the opportunity to get to know some of my fellow SLICE members as well as other students who are involved in different groups within Salt Lake Community College.
    This month the most challenging thing I am facing is time management. I am taking 23 credit hours this semester and I am incredibly exhausted. I am lucky to have the support system that I have in place and I am constantly reminding myself how much that means to me. Being able to get a few hours of sleep in between class or when I have the chance to on the weekend has turned out to be a pivotal part of the success of this semester. (This all being written at 4:04am)
    I believe that I am learning a lot within my classes as well as my experience with the organizations that I am part of. I think tend to attempt to nail down the if's and how's of what it is I am doing in order to process what needs to be done which can often lead me to a disconnect on why I went in that direction but with my projects I am involved in I have an overwhelming connectedness with a lot of what is being done even in the courses that aren't really geared towards engagement.

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  19. I haven't really volunteered this month but I had a great moment that I felt would be worth sharing in this forum. I was sitting in the park attempting to meditate and I heard this man being very loud about how the world was so bad because of homosexuals (not the word he used but the real word is inappropriate). A woman with her children heard him as well and walked over to him and started talking to him about how nothing wrong with the world has to deal with someone being homosexual. That any real problems are because of ignorant people and that if he is going to be shouting in the park then he should at least have his facts straight. It was inspirational to see every day people stand up for something especially something like this.

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  20. Kicked off the year by getting things ready like starting to plan up coming events, getting responsibilities (I make the role for our Friday meetings), and learned about good skill. Got times when we are needed in the DRC (Disability Resource Center).

    Blue Bird

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  21. So I have to back track to August... I was elected the PTK Chapter President and I thought I was going to have an easy semester! Ha! So far PTK has grown its current membership by 50 members and we anticipate even more enrollment. We have many plans for this semester. My current volunteer experience encompasses the Utah FIRST LEGO League and my duties as the Event Manager. I look forward to making this year another success!

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  22. So this month I had not started volunteering yet. I was signed up to tutor at Whittier Elementary but it did not start until September.

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