05 February 2014

Civically Engaged Scholar February Blog Prompt


  • 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?

19 comments:

  1. I am actually working on the Playworks 5k along with SLICE. I am so excited to see where it goes. We have great plans, and hopefully it all falls together well. I'm a little nervous that there may be miscommunications, but I do believe that our different meetings will eliminate those worries. Unfortunately, I will not be able to see how the 5k goes on March 15th because I am attending Hopi.

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    1. I would love to get involved in the 5k. I love to run and I have for many years. would I be able to help set up, as well as run the race? Please keep in touch. I would be more than happy to do anything that I can. :} ;}
      AG

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    2. Hello Andrea my name is Ada Kamez and I would love if you contact me I am in charge of the advertisement of the 5K in SLCC and I am also a SLICE member. In regards getting involved! Here is my email kamezada@gmail.com and if you want to register to run for that day here is the link to do so. Thank you so much https://www.playworks.org/communities/utah/events/run-for-recess-2014

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  2. Hi. My name is Travis, and I am just starting to get in the Civically-Engaged Scholars program. I am just starting a few classes of ESL (English as a Second Language) and assisting in the class. Just a little to get my feet wet. If anyone has any suggestions moving forward with this, I am open for idea's, and appreciate any input you would have.

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  3. Hello everyone:} I am just starting in to the civically engaged scholars. I so excited to meet everyone. If you all need any extra helping hands pick me... I have been attending the ESL to help those who are learning English as a second language. it has been really fun, and a eye opener. I don't remember past participles "AWE!" a refresher is always great. AG

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  4. Andrea,

    Hi my name is Katey and I working on the 5k as well. We would love your help with the 5K, we are in need of some help tabling with this event. We need people next Tuesday and Wednesday from 11-2. We would love your help the day of the event as well or if you want to run that would be awesome too. I look forward to meeting you! Email me at kdiddle3@gmail.com if you are interested in getting together to talk about your involvement.

    Katey Kendall-Evans

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  5. I have been working on a couple different things this month. I am doing an internship at the capital with the community outreach coordinator from Crossroads Urban Center. I go every Tuesday and Thursday and assist her with the CORC faith days. CORC stands for coalition of religious communities and they help Linda fight social justice issues in the community. I have been learning so much and I am so excited to learn and grow more.

    I have also been working on the 5k for Playwork that we are having at the college on March 15th. I have been extremely grateful because I have an amazing team working on this project with me. We have had some issues and bumps in the road but, we had a very successful week. I have really loved learning about the process of doing an event like this and I can't wait to keep learning more.

    Katey Kendall-Evans

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  6. I have been working on two main projects one is Playworks run for Recess. I handling the advertisement part of this event and I am very surprised of all the work that is put into this. i honestly never thought it would be this complicated, don't get me wrong I honestly love it! is just a lot of work. I feel like things need to be approved a gazillion times before getting anywhere hahaha. One thing that I really am enjoying is the bonds and collaborations I am forming because of this. Honestly if it weren't for this I would not had the opportunity to meet new people or network outside of SLICE. So right now I am seeing that work does pay off because the flyer and commercial request got approved!.....and yes I am planning on doing a commercial =}. The next step for me is getting the scripts from the pole that will participate by 2/21/14 and than we will set up the shooting dates =]. In regards the flyer I am still trying to figure that out because even though it got approved student life does not have graphic designers currently =/ So I will hunt down one and hopefully it gets done soon.

    I also have another project in which I sell homemade Mexican food as part of fundraising for the church I go too. This money will go towards the building of a camp and fulfilling the needs of our two missions in Mexico. This month I sold 9 orders and I was only supposed to sell 5, so I feel really proud of myself =]. I also help on the day of the actual making of the food, which for this month was 2/8/14.

    Besides that I went to the Road Home Tour with SLICE and it was really eye opening. Is honestly one thing to hear about homeless shelters and a whole another story to see it! W went into the rooms and I just had to hold tears. I remember the lady giving the tour said how they were one of the best, and in my mind I thought " If this is the best I don't want to think about the worse".

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  7. This month I have been volunteering at Whittier Elementary on Wednesdays for six hours. Definitely, one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do is corresponding with the students and watching them be so curious and receptive to learning and you can se them learning and growing. Another rewarding part of the experience is working with everyone that I've met at the elementary and the Thayne Center. I am very grateful for all the wonderful opportunity ties and experiences I have gained. This semester I am working with a group in LE2920 writing grants to get the Elementary's funding which is something I have never done before and am excited to learn about the process. One of the most challenging parts of the volunteer work is timeliness and organizing all the projects that I am a participant of. All of the experiences that I am gathering this semester interconnect and are integrated into one large picture which all correlate to my life's purposes and goals, it is very cool and exciting but sometimes exhausting, I hope it makes a good impact on the world and that I can keep up being involved in the community as much as I have been since joining America Reads.

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  8. Hey everyone! So this month I am just starting out volunteering. My main non-profit is YWCA. I will be helping out in Betty's Boutique. I will be applying as a Young Women's Council member in April. I am really excited to start participating. I also am volunteering at Best Friends Animal Society. This is for the LE2920 class but I plan on applying to be one of their volunteer committee members. This is almost a year long commitment to help out with their super adoptions in the spring and fall. If you find yourself free on May 4-6 please come volunteer and hang out with some super cute dogs and cats!

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  9. This month I am working on special projects for America Reads. We have one grant already approved and one more in it's final stages. There is plans to submit at least 5 in all.

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  10. I have been continuing my usual volunteer work at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. Honestly, each day is a completely new adventure at DG because of the diversity of the children I work with. I love the challenge of building new connections with the children – who have varying types of personalities – every time I volunteer.

    Besides that, I took part in the college-wide forum on Ensuring Reciprocity in Community Partnerships hosted by the Community Partnership Council, of which I am the student representative. The forum was a great success, and my group came up with some good ideas to improve co-curricular engagement at SLCC. For example, we concluded that in order for faculty to improve co-curricular engagement it must be incentivized for faculty and they must be rewarded for doing this work. We also found that the majority of students do not know about the co-curricular opportunities available at SLCC. To fix this, we concluded that we must make SLCC a more friendly and spirited environment. This is obviously a very big change and represents an entire shift in the mindset of SLCC. We did not come up with many specific ways to accomplish this change, but I am proud that we identified the root problems. If anyone has any specific ideas for how to make SLCC a more friendly environment let me know! 

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  11. I am continuing to volunteer at Nibley Elementary as an America Reads tutor, and as a part of the Sandy City Police Explorers. I think the most rewarding experience of being an America Reads tutor is seeing children suddenly have a break through. They could go on for weeks not understanding a certain subject, and suddenly just "get it". Although I have only been a part of the Explorers for a month, I feel like I am in a great big connected family. We are always there for each other when serving the community, and we do our best to work together as a team to accomplish the goals that we have set up for ourselves. I am currently struggling to understand how exactly things work in regard to being an explorer. There are so many different responsibilities that have to be done a certain way in order for them to be done well. I know that things will get easier, but for now I will just keep working hard at at attaining the level of knowledge required to be a successful explorer.

    H.K.

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  12. I am graduating this summer, and i still need hours! i am going to be busting my butt! SEAN! i need hours, what can i do? i still need to know if the mentoring the college students counted as hours? please get back to me. that would help me ALOT if it counted as hours...

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  13. Hi everyone, I am just starting CES but I am in my second semester here at SLCC. I am volunteering at the Family Support and Treatment Center in Orem, UT. They take care of kids who came from a variety of backrounds( low income, abuse, adoption, etc.). My job as a volunteer is to be a positive influence on the kids that come in. From newborns to 11 years old, each of these children need to know thay are special. I love getting to see their different personalities. I love when they trust me and also when they take their time doing so. This opportunity is teaching me gratitude, patience, love, humility, and many other skills. I love it there!

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  14. I'm still working with the Deaf church members every week. I'm picking up the vocabulary needed for the different meetings. Hopefully this next month I will be able to be even more involved as I'm learning more. I had hoped I would have had other opportunities this month to work within the Deaf Community but February has been slow in regards to that. I should have more opportunities in March.

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  15. I have been working with America Reads and a community partner. I have been focused on helping children learn how to read and comprehend the items they are learning. I find challenges with this because I feel like children should have fun and find enjoyment in learning. Most experiences are great but at times the rules require me to force a child to disengage with me because “it’s not following the rules.” I find this challenging because getting a child excited to learn isn’t always easy. When they are focused and learning, what’s the big deal if they aren’t sitting on there pockets? This particular day the child was completely engaged with the book he was reading, when the mentor yelled across the room for him to sit down he disconnected quickly. Trying to ease the embarrassment of my own was minor to the wall that just shot up from the child. Our once playful encounter became an unusual silent learning for only a moment. This interaction only solidified my already annoyed “standard Utah Curriculum” Everything they teach us in class (k-12 EDU) is to encourage children to think critically and encourage them to find comfort in things that challenge them, by facing their fears. On a more positive note this was also my most rewarding experience, in learning how to work through outside influence and how to over come our mistakes. After this day I started to sit on the floor with him when I noticed his excitement lifting him out of his chair. This one encounter made me really have to look inward and find a new way to overcome adversity. I had to really harness my creative ability by reaching into the pedagogy and challenge my self to think outside the box.

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  16. This month I got to experience a working with a nonprofit that is new to me. I volunteered with a group at the Salvation Army. We helped them organize food and learned about the organization. Something I learned from this experience is that the Salvation Army is gradually getting smaller in Utah. There used to be several thrift stores located around the valley and now the only one left open is located in Ogden. While this is sad, I think it is also practical. The Salvation Army in Salt Lake still provides services to hundreds of people living in poverty and I really enjoyed my time working there.

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  17. I volunteered at the Family Support and Treatment Center this month again. I absolutely love it there. The house parents make you feel important and part of the family. You can tell they are so grateful to have a volunteer. At least from where I go to, there are not very many volunteers (if any). It's always rewarding when a kid who has been shy or avoiding me ends up on my lap wanting to cuddle or gets really attached to me. It's awesome because it can be hard to connect with some kids' personalities.

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