29 September 2014

CES September Prompt

  • Have you selected a Community Partner? If so, what have you learned about the organization's mission. If not, what are you waiting for?
  • What knowledge and skills do you feel you will be able to contribute to your work as a Civcially Engaged Scholar?
  • What do you foresee as being your biggest challenge in the program?
  • What are you most excited about in the program?


  1. My community partner is The International Rescue Committee. "Each year, thousands of refugees are invited by the U.S. government to seek safety and freedom. Forced to flee conflict or persecution, many refugees have survived against incredible odds. Refugees step off the plane with next to nothing but their dignity, hope, and determination. In Salt Lake City, the IRC helps refugees to rebuild their lives." IRC Homepage

    This is a great organization that is helping refugees find ways to survive and succeed here in our country (the IRC in Salt Lake City is responsible for the refugees here in Utah). I feel that I have ties with many companies through friends and family relationships that can help find jobs and teach different skills to these refugees as they begin their new lives.

    Honestly, my biggest challenge is simply time. I love getting to know new people, learning about their life story, and helping where I can. I have a very heavy school work-load, along with my career, and a wife and dog that are all competing for time. I can multiply 100 hours by 6 hours in a physics class on paper, but in reality, there are still only 24 hours in a day.

    I'm excited to share my experiences from life, love, school, and religion with my new found friends from other countries.

    Along with the IRC, I am involved in several other community activities such as Parkour Utah (dedicating time to helping young kids get back outside and play), my church (teaching 8-10 year old boys...full of energy, excitement, and a love of life), and around my neighborhood with individuals who's bodies can't quite keep up with the rigors of life anymore.

    1. My community partners are The Cancer Wellness House and The Special Olympics of Utah. These are both non-profit organizations. The Cancer Wellness House provides free wellness care and activities to recovering cancer patients. These activities include: reiki, jin shin jyutsu, acupuncture, counseling, massages, dances, and more. The Special Olympics of Utah creates multiple teams consisting of disabled individuals. These individuals compete against one another in hopes to create new relationships and earn the national gold medal.

      The skills and knowledge that will help me become a Civically Engaged Scholar are being understanding, patient, well-rounded, open-minded, and empathetic. These skills will help me become a better person and my support is helping out my community as a whole. Learning how to deal with people with disabilities and cancer will help me in my long-term goal of becoming a physician. I will have a better understanding of people with these conditions. I am very grateful to start building these relationships and connections.

      The biggest challenge of this program is fitting in a job, school, and volunteering all into a schedule. The workshops and cohort meetings are going to pull me out of class, but other than that, I have no concerns. I am so happy that I made the decision to be a part of this program.

      I am most excited about building new relationships and seeing people smile. I love that more than anything! The people that I meet are now going to be a part of my every day life. Nothing gets better than that!

  2. I do not have a community partner yet. I have been volunteering with the community medical center called "Jordan Valley Medical Center". I have had great experiences so far. I have been in the Emergency room every Wednesday night, and even thought the staff is busy, they are really nice and always thanking me for being their to help. I am trying to find an organization close to where I live so I can volunteer their as well.

    I work in a small company, so my boss notice when I do things to help others and take the role of a leader and act without him having to watch me. Also my boss is helping go around my school schedule, and is encouraging me to continue with all my work.

    The biggest problem I see is all the restricted time frames that I need to make. Obviously, like the majority of the collage students, meetings that i have to make withing a certain time is a challenge for me. my schedule is super packed with work, school, volunteer, and homework, so when a something comes up that I need to make time for in my already busy schedule I need to find room for it.

    The most exiting thing about the program is the actual volunteer work. I love the volunteering hours I put in. I like the feeling I get when I help people directly, and indirectly. In the medical center most of the volunteer is indirectly, but it is still really great.

    1. The Community Partner Spotlight Events are a great way to pick a community organization to get involved with. In October we will be hearing from Organizing for Action and The Utah Health Policy Project. Both of these organizations will present on volunteer opportunities within their organization and will give you the opportunity to network with students and community partners. These events also count as one of your Civically Engaged Scholar required events for the semester. You can find these events on Orgsync and RSVP. We Serve breakfast at the Redwood event (10/21) and Dinner at the South City event (10/9)

  3. I'm partnered with the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation. They're a small organization that works closely with the US Forest Service and local companies (namely ski resorts) to promote education and activism as it relates to our Cottonwood Canyons. They host a plethora of programs - from Tour With A Ranger ski trips to the Wildflower Festival. They run a trail crew and have events almost weekly. I've worked with the CCF for a couple years and love to bring even more purpose to my volunteering via CES.

    I'm one of the youngest alumni volunteers - if not the youngest. I feel like I represent the youth and can offer perspectives from my generation. Conservation is viewed differently by young people - especially considering that our future is more threatened that perhaps any other generation living today. We have a vested interest in protecting and spreading education about our environment. I bring these perspectives.

    The only thing I'm worried about is managing my time with the CCF and my other community partner: Revolution United. But these organizations are working towards the same goal, even if their execution is vastly different. I hope that my liaison will benefit both organizations and that I can put in the hours I want to on both sides!

    I'm really excited to become an employee of the CCF. I was just hired and I'm way stoked. I'll still volunteer as usual, but now I can look into the inner workings of the CCF, meet new people in the conservation realm, and perhaps initiate even bigger efforts!

  4. Have you selected a Community Partner? If so, what have you learned about the organization's mission. If not, what are you waiting for?
    The Community Partners that I do most of my service with are the Student Nurse Association, and the Maliheh Free Clinic.
    I am the Community Involvement Chair for the Student Nurse Association. The focus of the Student Nurse Association is “enhancing the education and leadership experiences of Salt Lake Community College students” (Source: https://orgsync.com/40077/chapter). As a board member of the SNA, I help plan SNA-sponsored events that provide insight into the nursing profession, as well as help student nurses to better their skills.
    As the Community Involvement Chair, in addition to my duties as an SNA Board Member, I coordinate 2 community outreach events each semester. As student nurses, it is important for us to do our part in making not only our patients, but our communities, a healthier, safer place. We interact with individuals and groups in our communities, and sometimes we see needs in our community. This is why I have greatly enjoyed planning these events – they are fun, and we are helping our community.

    Some examples of projects I have done are:

    - 3 Blood Drives
    - 2 Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drives
    - 2 Make-a-Wish Halloween Carnivals
    - 1 Promise Walk for Preeclampsia

    I also volunteer at the Maliheh Free Clinic once a month (for 4 hours each month). The Maliheh Free Clinic is a health clinic that provides free health services to adults and children in Utah that have no insurance, and who are below the 150th percentile of Federal Poverty Guidelines. I have been a patient tech there, admitting patients and doing vital signs and triage, and I have breast-cancer awareness and breast self-exam teaching for their monthly Mammobile Clinic (mammogram clinic).

  5. What knowledge and skills do you feel you will be able to contribute to your work as a Civcially Engaged Scholar?
    I feel I can contribute with my skills and knowledge of being able to plan an event from beginning to end (organization, persistence, prioritization, delegation, leadership qualities – see below, to name a few), my interpersonal skills (I try to make sure everyone feels welcome and valued, and I feel I can make a conversation engaging), and my compassion for the people I am helping.
    I also can contribute with my leadership qualities. Some traits I see in myself as a leader are:
    - Courage: I will do what is right, even though it may not be easy. I will have the courage to go against the crowd when necessary. I will have the courage to admit my mistakes. I will have the courage to speak the truth.
    - Humility: I will have confidence but realize the point at which it becomes hubris. I will recognize when current measures are not working and implement a new approach. As a humble person, I will have the opportunity to better myself each day.
    - Resilience: I will strive for excellence, not perfection. I will remember my internal fortitude in times of challenge. I will adapt to misfortunes and setbacks, and will try new approaches. When life knocks me down, I will get back up again and keep fighting.
    - Positivity: I will use my positivity to empower myself and my team. I will not leave myself or my team feeling powerless or diminished in spirit. I will not allow failures to stop me from reaching my goals.
    - Hard Work: I will work hard to make my goals reality. Hard work is how I make little actions into big achievements.
    - Transformation: I will adapt, when appropriate.
    What do you foresee as being your biggest challenge in the program?
    Time management. I am very organized but it is hard getting everything organized. I use my calendar/planner in my phone to keep track of it all. Still, it can be hard to find a babysitter for my son for every meeting, in addition to having classes and homework.
    What are you most excited about in the program?
    I am most excited about positively contributing to my community. I feel very strongly that if we all were to become involved in the betterment of our communities, the world would have a lot less problems than it does. There will always be problems in the world, and I feel that you can be a person who watches or a person who takes action, and if it’s something that’s important to you, you should take action!

    1. The Community Partner Spotlight Events are a great way to pick a community organization to get involved with. In October we will be hearing from Organizing for Action and The Utah Health Policy Project. Both of these organizations will present on volunteer opportunities within their organization and will give you the opportunity to network with students and community partners. These events also count as one of your Civically Engaged Scholar required events for the semester. You can find these events on Orgsync and RSVP. We Serve breakfast at the Redwood event (10/21) and Dinner at the South City event (10/9)

  6. I am still volunteering with the Maliheh clinic and Inspiration Hospice. The clinic's mission is to provide free medical care for the uninsured population of Salt Lake. At the clinic this month I was able to receive additional training, and will now be able to take my responsibilities one step farther. This gives me the opportunity to work more closely with the patients, and to have a better idea of how the clinic is helping the community. On top of that, beginning next month I get to assist with a special project.

    With Inspiration Hospice, I was finally placed with a patient, and was able to start visiting them! At first I was worried that my visits would be awkward, or that I wouldn't know what to do with my patient. But, much to my surprise they have worked out very organically, and sitting with them feels like visiting an old friend. By visiting I certainly see the need for hospice care and volunteers, and hope that more people find out about hospice services. Working with Inspiration continues to be a positive experience, and their mission to be "Where amazing care happens" is actually the reality.

    This month I also found Guadalupe School via a presentation given in one of my classes. I attended a training, and then the following week I began teaching adult ESL students. So far it has been a really great way to connect with another facet of the community, and meet new and interesting people. The language barrier with my students is sometimes a big challenge, but it forces all of us to be creative in the way that we communicate with one another to be sure everyone is understood. The mission of this partner is to teach non-English speaking adults and economically disadvantaged children the life and language skills needed in order to enrich their lives. This mission is so evident every time I visit. They are genuinely invested in the well-being of every person they serve.

    I believe that my dependability and resiliency are some of my best life skills, and hope that these continue to serve me and others while I volunteer. I believe that every person has their own story, and deserves respect, and I hope that always comes across in my interactions with others. I also hope that I am able to learn more from my patients and students, as they are always full of lessons. So far my biggest challenge is my schedule. Finding the time to fit my service work in with my busy life is interesting. There is so much I want to do, but only so much time to do it all.
    - L. A.

  7. I do not have a partner picked out yet. I'm deciding between a couple and want to make sure I pick the right one I'm happy with. I will be volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters soon for SLICE. I will be working one on one with a child either at a school based after school program or I will be spending time with a child and just give them my full and undivided attention so they can get the best out of the experience.

    I absolutely love volunteering and spent my whole high school career doing just that. I learned so many skills that I can bring to this organization and to even better my well being. I can bring diligence, good work ethics, positivity, and time management. I have been involved in numerous positions where I've learned at least some of these skills and even more. I was president of the Key Club at my high school and a Lieutenant Governor for the Utah-Idaho District of Key Club where I shaped and executed probably each and everyone of the skills. Now, as the Service Chair, I can begin to sharpen them even more and hopefully gain new skills in Civically Engaged Scholars

    The biggest challenge that I will face will have to be time. I have a lot on my plate and I'm trying to manage it the best I can. I already volunteer at numerous places, but, I just need to focus on the important parts.

    I'm mostly excited about gaining new relationships with everyone I come in touch with. Also, I'm excited about where I will go after Civically Engaged Scholars. It will open so many doors for me with my future career. Learning all of the skills and making those connections with people will be the best thing that could happen to my life.

    1. The Community Partner Spotlight Events are a great way to pick a community organization to get involved with. In October we will be hearing from Organizing for Action and The Utah Health Policy Project. Both of these organizations will present on volunteer opportunities within their organization and will give you the opportunity to network with students and community partners. These events also count as one of your Civically Engaged Scholar required events for the semester. You can find these events on Orgsync and RSVP. We Serve breakfast at the Redwood event (10/21) and Dinner at the South City event (10/9)

  8. I have been working with a couple different organizations, getting them involved in the Community Partner Spotlight Events for this semester. In September TreeUtah and USEE presented at the CPS Events. We look forward to hearing from Organizing for Action and The Utah Health Policy Project in October.

    As a Civically Engaged Scholar I am able to contribute my organization skills, networking abilities, and marketing tactics.

    My biggest challenge with the Community Partner Spotlight Events is spreading the word about them and getting people involved. They are great and meaningful events that offer the opportunity for people to get involved in strong community organizations. These events will help students develop references and build relationships. (It's hard to fit all of that on the flyers, haha) Really they are great events- they count towards your required events as a Civically Engaged Scholar and we always serve breakfast or dinner at the events depending on the event you attend. These events also are a great way to find volunteer opportunities. I'm excited about getting more people involved in these events and look forward to connecting with wonderful community organizations.

  9. The community partner I have picked to learn about is the Head start program. They are about are comprehensive early childhood development programs serving low-income children from ages birth to five and their families. Head Start is a federally funded program they serve all over the valley from Salt Lake to Tooele Counties.
    I love that Head Start helps families become more self -sufficient as we all work together as a team to provide them with resources they may be in need of. It makes my day, to hear a child say, “Thank you, teacher,” understand what rhyming words are, develop language skills, observe and explore the world around them and then build on their ideas.
    The thing that can be my biggest challenge in the program. At-risk children, not afforded the opportunity to participate in a quality early childhood program. I also see that having the parents be involved with the children more at home will be a struggle.
    Finally What I’m most excited about in the program. Head Start aims to educate the entire family and to assist parents in their personal and family development. Head Start utilizes an individualized approach to parent education based on the identified interests, strengths and the needs of each family member. Case managers work intensely with parents to create goals and to build their capacity as individuals and as families on their path to living self-sufficient lives.

  10. Free time? what does that even mean? I practically have to schedule sleep into my schedule. With the fast paced life we all live it's so important to find time for your self to take care of your self to love and nurture your self. I have chosen HYRC as my partnership for a better community and my way of serving that community.

    Working with HYRC I have learned how quickly things change and how if a community tries they can rebuild safety nets that have been removed. Through the struggles of budgets cuts and funding issues HYRC hasn't stopped providing services to our at risk community. The Homeless Youth Resource Center provides a safe, low barrier facility in which homeless youth can find the resources and support necessary to improve their lives and gain independence. In protection of anonymity but in pride for the cause I have witnessed youth overcome homelessness and start classes here at SLCC. This is proof of success in every aspect of the word.

    Being Civicially engaged in my community gives me power to evoke change where I see fit. It teaches me how to teach and empower other members of my community. To engage in positive reinforcement and action allows me to see my community change around me.
    I like challenges but for some reason I can't tackle the task of logging my hours. I know it's important because it's how to track my effort and keep track of my service hours. The problem I have is when I sit down and log them I feel like its a form of payment. I don't find comfort in placing a value on my time spent serving others. The down fall here is that by not logging my hours I don't receive credit for the work done. Another side effect is my mentors aren't aware of what I'm doing or spending my time on. I also see a domino effect happening in how it effects my over all professional approach to service. Any advise or ideas on how to get over this minor hiccup would be welcome.
    My excitement comes and goes I feel like it humbles me more so then excites me. I'm humbled to have a home. warm bed, food heck even shoes on my feet. I'm more thankful each day I wake up warn and cozy with a roof over my head. One major thing I'm excited for is fill the pack. HYRC fills 100's of back packs with different items and provides them for their clients.

    The HYRC (homeless youth resource center) has changed my life and has allowed me an outreach directly into my community creating change from the ground up. If you are interested in volunteering you can find more information at www.voaut.org. Before volunteering, you will be asked to come in for a tour of the center. For a tour please contact Anna Stapley, Center Coordinator, at (801)364-0744 x.5 or email her at Anna.Stapley@voaut.org.

  11. My community partner is Wasatch Elementary. I adore helping the teachers and students there. Most days I read with students who need extra help. I have been doing this for a few years and it's rewarding to see the kids reading really take off. Books open up a whole new world of imagination and knowledge. I also help the teachers run the class. I do jobs that help free up their time. They have more time to use their talents and passions to teach! Being a parent in school is a good example for the kids because it emphasizes the importance of education and reading. I

  12. My community partner will be Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah. I will be working with their School-Based program. They also have a Community Based Program with after school activities.

    Part of the mission of this program is working with your "Little" to start a friendship, provide guidance, and inspire them to reach their potential.

    I feel that I will be able to contribute a lot to the CES program. I've been able to participate in several previous service learning opportunities and clubs, where I've learned how to plan projects, work in a team, and learn about community needs.

    I foresee my biggest challenge being managing time spent working with my project and time spent outside working with school and other obligations.

    I'm excited to meet my "little" and hope to be able to help provide the guidance and mentorship that they might need.

  13. I have not picked a community partner yet but I am hoping to start with the Hope Clinic in Murray. I am in the Student Nursing Association and I attend the events that they have. Some we just listen to but others we are able to participate in. The Make A Wish Foundation carnival is coming up in October and I am looking forward to it since participating last year was an awesome experience!

    I feel I will be able to bring the skills and knowledge that I have acquired while in nursing school to the Hope Clinic. I am willing to do whatever they need me to do and am able to do within the scope of what I have learned. I can do things such as take vital signs, make appointments, translate for spanish speaking patients, draw blood, and educate on different topics.
    The biggest challenge I foresee for me is being able to make time for it. I love helping my community and always find a way. But it does make it difficult with nursing school, family, and helping out at church.
    I am most excited about being able to put my skills to more practice. Learning from the clinic and meeting new people. I hope I am able to make a difference in the patients life and the Hope Clinic even if it is just a small one. And just having fun with it!

    Maria Marroquin

  14. Hello, this is my first post, I am currently searching for volunteer opportunities near me that will work around my school and work schedule. The skills I think will be most beneficial to a volunteer organization are my skills of strategy, initiative, organization, ability to focus on projects, work with people and creative problem solving. It would be most beneficial if I could find a volunteer opportunity that would actively allow me to gain experience, hone the skills I already have and acquire new skills. Some ideas for volunteer opportunities are: planning organizations, government or something similar. Thank you for reading.

  15. My community partner will be The Boys and Girls Club for their after school program. The skills needed in order to help out at The Boys and Girls Club is not only to help the children doing an after school activity but as a leader, to also helping them to become more responsible and care for others and be a good role model for them so in the future they can remember how we made an impact in their lives, they can make that impact with the children there in the future. Their mission is very clear, they want a after safe after school program to where the children can go to and can feel welcome and at the same time learn things there, keeping them away from negative influences. I am excited to help with this program because I can't wait to help them with their needs, and be a positive influence in their lives.

  16. I know I am a day late but I still think it's necessary to reflect on September. I didn't get a chance to volunteer at the Family Support and Treatment Center this past month due to family crises and getting things started and arranges with school as well as my position in Student Life. While I was away, I didn't feel whole. I felt useless because I missed the feeling that I had when I would play with these kids. I would know that I was helping them in the simplest way possible- being there for them! While going through troublesome family situations, I felt grateful that me nor my younger sisters ever had to go to a crisis nursery. It was kind of an eye opening experience thinking about all this. Most people take advantage of having a stable household and family to depend upon when you feel like your world is falling apart. I really missed those kids.

  17. I think that in order to be a civically engaged scholar, you have to have an understanding heart. Being able to experience others' emotions or even just letting your guard down to hear them out, if life changing. Also you need to be aware. There is a difference between "beware" and "be aware". Sure there are scary and uncomfortable things going on in the world right now but that doesn't mean to shut it all out and pretend it never happened. I t also doesn't mean for you to be completely a part of it and change your values to fit in. Being aware is to know of the things that are going on, whether they matter to you or not. If they do then do something to change it. If it doesn't, at least you know that it is out there and that it matters to somebody else.

  18. My community partners have been Salt Lake County Animal Services and Bestfriends Animal Society ( until I was employed by them!!!!) I have been passionate and dedicated to helping animals for many years, however I really wanted to do something in my own community that would help animals, cats specifically. Through my local animal shelterI was able to directly effect the animals in my community and educate the public on spay & neuter programs, the importance of adopting, TNR or community cats programs and the need for more community involvement. People always want to think of shelters as bad places but in truth (though some are horrible in quality of care) they are given a community created problem, by people not spaying & neutering their pets, not properly caring for the animals and then they are destroyed at shelters which cause no act for accountability. Salt Lake County Animal Services is an AMAZING shelter, their quality of care and focus on the animals is upstanding. I was able to help this shelter and other by doing cat photos for kennel cards, I worked with Salt Lake County up until the end of July.

    The biggest challenges are remaining calm and non-emothional when people speak of abuse or harming animals. You have to know the laws, statues, be able to problem solve and address the root of these issues with out reacting to what you hear. I have learned after many years of advocacy that getting mad or upset gets you no where. You have to be able to educate people and address their issues to get anywhere.

    The biggest challenge for me has been MATH!!! Having to retake my math classes has put me behind in graduation.. Time is always a challenge, working FT++ and going to school is not easy.

    I am most excited about people giving service! I feel like giving service to people or animals is an experience that makes you a better human! Think of the impact we could make if everyone gave just 2 hours of service a week. Through my experiences of volunteering with animals, people, community projects, helping people in need the gifts I have gained are far more valuable than anything I have given, giving service is humbling and inspiring
    Jessica Vigos

  19. I'm currently talking with copious community partners. I have worked with different agencies; however, I'm going to limit my community to mainly one community partner. I will have this accomplished in the next week.

    As a CES, I hope to utilize my experience, knowledge, and acquired insights from Sean, Linnie, Lynn and other Thayne center employees, that I highly respect. Furthermore, patience and the ability to be objective and understanding are skills that will be required to fulfill my duties as a CES.

    My biggest challenge: Will I be able to properly utilize my skill and knowledge to help influence someone's life? The goal is to start a positive ripple in the community and with my partner- with the hope of the positive ripple will continue to travel through other communities and organizations...

    I'm very interested in meeting new people. I hope to attain relationships and the joy that comes through helping the community in which you work...

    Thanks - Austin Myslinski

  20. I have been volunteering at the Maliheh Free Clinic for awhile now. I have learned that what they really want is people to get the things that they deserve. Healthcare is something that everyone should have access to, and this is what they are trying to achieve. I feel that I am good at doing things that help other people regardless of whether they benefit me directly. I have had a lot of great opportunities in my life, and so I feel that giving back is something I need to do and love having the chance to do. I also feel like I have a lot of sympathy, so that would probably help to see the ways I can contribute the best. Another big thing is that I love to learn and I am very open minded, so I would imagine that would also help. I think my biggest challenge would be finding time, right now at least. Life gets so crazy, and unfortunately sometimes it is easy to put off the things that aren't so much of a priority as others. Such as school and work, those definitely get in the way of a lot of things, but are also pretty important. I love volunteering, it's always one of my favorite parts of my week, so any free time I can find, I take it. But sadly, that's not always a lot of time. I'm excited for everything in this program! It has really gotten me into a lot of new things that I probably wouldn't otherwise be involved in. I'm excited to continue on and see what else I can learn and contribute to society.

  21. My community partner is the Thayne Center’s America Reads program. Their vision is that SLCC students can help children in the community with their literacy needs and that SLCC students will have a service option for their work-study award. America Reads is a national literacy tutoring program whose mission is to provide training and a high-quality mentoring experience, which enrich both the college student and the child they tutor.
    I am an education major and have had experience in teaching and mentor as a mom, home schooler, volunteer teacher, Boys & Girls club summer school employee and Title 1 Teachers aid. All of these experiences have given me skills in working with students on reading and math deficiencies and the patience and empathy needed to work with struggling or unmotivated learners. I have also trained in early steps, which helps students work on learning pre-reading and reading skills and have assisted in Dibels and other testing procedures for reading. This makes me an ideal candidate to work with the children in this program.
    I think the biggest challenge in any kind of tutoring scenario is a lack of time and resources to do what is needed for each student. Recently, I was trying to work with an English Language learner, but our time overlapped with important Math instruction, so I didn’t get as much time with her as I would have liked. Giving a student tools they can use to practice literacy skills on their own is a way to supplement the time I do have with them. It always helps maximize my time when I have better supplies and lesson plans. If I go to a class where I am given blank paper and verbal instructions, it is not as beneficial as when I have a lesson plan ready and the supplies needed for it.
    I am excited to be back in the classroom, while I earn my teaching degree. I love working with students and seeing them succeed. Showing someone how silent “e” completely changes a word or watching them read words they couldn’t a month ago is so cool!

  22. I have not yet selected a community partner, but I have been volunteering with The Green Urban Lunch Box since July. That organization mainly needs help in spring - summer and Is not year round so I was thinking of choosing another organization. Time is the only thing holding me back because I can only volunteer 1 or 2 days a week and I have not been out there exploring more organizations. But I will be making a timeline for myself to learn about a few organizations which would help me choose my community partner.
    I have been working for the Trio program here on campus for 2 years now and I have gained a lot of knowledge like learning how to organize service projects, promoting the program and staying organized. I hope to incorporate these skills (and others) into other organizations that I will be volunteering for soon.
    My biggest challenge is being able to manage my time so I can stay on top of my school work, while volunteering and working. Although I am confident that I will over come this obstacle as soon as I find my community partner and have a set schedule.
    I am really excited about learning about more organizations and meeting new people.

  23. I have bee part of the CES program for some time and I am so happy to see the requirements are starting to truly take shape. Where to begin... I am currently a Chemical Engineering major, I work 40+ hours per week and I am currently completing 12 credit hours for the Fall 2014 semester. I am a single farther of two wonderful children. I am also the current Chapter President for Phi Theta Kappa, SLCC's two year college honor society. I have spent most of my time as a CES working closely with multiple organizations and community non-profits. The most notable is the University of Utah and the Utah First LEGO League. Over the last two years I personally took the steps to bring UTFLL to SLCC and served as the tournament director. This year I have handed this off to capable people in hopes of pursuing other avenues of enlightenment. I am currently in conversation with the Honors College to help create a bride between the CES program and the Honors College at the University of Utah. I am also trying to assist the engineering department in becoming a service learning department. I look forward to meeting any and all of you at the cohort meeting in October!

  24. The community partner I have choose is Comunidades Unidas ( Communities United). The mission of Comunidades Unidas is to empower the Latino community
    to recognize and achieve their own potential, and to be a positive force for change in the larger community. There are two places which I have been giving time and those are TRiO and Una Mano Amiga.
    The skills I have gain throughout college student had made a compromised person. As Civically Engaged, I have the opportunity to apply my skills gain at SLCC and work them out in my community.
    My biggest challenge is that sometimes I cannot find enough time to do volunteering hours! But I know, I will be able to make time and effort to do as much as possible.
    I am excited I was able to join the program over all. I will be finishing up at SLCC by this summer 2015 and transfer to the U of U.

  25. This month I had the amazing experience of interpreting for a man who is deaf and blind. I've seen it done, but I've never done it myself before. One of the other woman I was working with, and who had worked with him before introduced the two of ask. He asked about my program and who my teachers were. To interpret for him I would sit to his left so that I could have his hand resting on my right hand. Then as I signed what was being said he would know what it meant by the motion and pattern. It's even more difficult due to the fact that to interpret for him not only requires signing what is being said, but also what is going on in the room. If something happens, like a specific person walks into the room, or everyone is turning to look at something, I needed to describe it all to him along with the dialog. It was really hard, but I'm really glad they allowed me to do it. Normally they have the more experienced interpreters work with him, but we were short people that night, and I was willing so they let me do it. I'm so glad that I was able to be there so that he could fully enjoy what was going on around him.

  26. Have you selected a Community Partner? If so, what have you learned about the organization's mission. Yes I have joined America Reads. There is a very big need for tutors to help these little ones learn how to read, learn their letters, sounds, numbers and shapes.
    If not, what are you waiting for?
    •What knowledge and skills do you feel you will be able to contribute to your work as a Civically Engaged Scholar? I think the talents I bring to being a CES and AR student are: I enjoy working with children and seeing the glow in their faces when they finally have learned something new. I have tutored since I was in High School. I went to an elementary school and helped children read. That was part of my high school schedule. Then as I became a parent, I taught my own son and then he entered school I would help out there and tutor the children that were struggling. So from K-6 grades I tutored children and found out that a 5th grader could not read at all and some 5th graders could not get the hang of math. So I tutored in those subjects and taught them secrets to being successful student in English and Math. These are two subjects I struggled with and found ways that seemed to work for me.
    •What do you foresee as being your biggest challenge in the program? I think the biggest challenge is that children are not being taught at home. Another challenge is that children do not believe in themselves enough to believe they can learn and know they are smart, They are questioning themselves all day. It is up to me to help them feel they learned something and to go home felling that they are smart and can do anything that comes their ways.
    •What are you most excited about in the program? I get to help children that are in K and I get to see them advance and know how far they have come from day one. I enjoy seeing the gleam in their own eyes every time I work with them.


  27. Justine TabliganSunday, October 12, 2014

    • My Community Partner is Discovery Gateway. I plan to add one more which is the Guadalupe School. Discovery Gateway provides an educational museum for children to have hands on experience with what is out there in the world. As a Civically Engaged Scholar, I believe that my interaction skills will benefit with the children the most. I am not shy to do role play with children. I will be as engaged I will be with them with a smile on my face. I can also share the knowledge and experience of mine and show them how the world works. I will keep it in a simple explanation. I can teach them valuable lessons that’s applicable in their life such as learning how to share, to care, to shop and more. The challenge I see with the organization is that I will be worn out by the children as soon as they can. I always have a positive outlook on it that I have impacted a child’s life someway or somehow. The challenge I see in the program is that I might have a hard time balancing everything else that is going on in my life. I am excited that I get to serve the community. It’s valuable to me that I want to keep pursuing. I am glad that I am in the program.

  28. •Have you selected a Community Partner? If so, what have you learned about the organization's mission. If not, what are you waiting for?
    Yes, I have been volunteering with the Maliheh Free Clinic. I have learned that they help to provide free health services to those who cannot afford health insurance or do not qualify for Medicare/Medicaid. I believe in this mission statement 100%. I think that everyone should feel like they can go to the doctor if they have something seriously wrong with them. Many do not go because of the cost and I think it is important to offer these programs, it restores faith in humanity and gives people hope.

    •What knowledge and skills do you feel you will be able to contribute to your work as a Civcially Engaged Scholar?
    I am a hard-worker, I like to be on top of things and get tasks done. I know that I can me compassionate for others and try to put myself if their shoes, I definitely try to be understanding. I know that people struggle and sometimes they just need some simple help.
    •What do you foresee as being your biggest challenge in the program?
    Finding time to volunteer. I work full-time and also go to school full-time. The Maliheh Free Clinic is closed on weekends- so I definitely need to find a new place for the rest of the year.
    •What are you most excited about in the program?
    Feeling like you are helping others. You never really know how much you can make a difference until you volunteer for a long period of time. The coordinators at each non-profit appreciates all you do, even if you can only volunteer for an hour. There is no better feeling than making a difference. I hope I can find sometime over Christmas Break so I can volunteer some more!

  29. -I am volunteering at Salt Lake Metro Jail, Twelve Step Recovery Program. Their mission to to be available to anyone reaching out for help with their Addiction/Alcoholism.

    -I have extensive knowledge in the Twelve Step Recovery Program. I myself have been sober for 10 years, and can use my personal experience to relate to the men and women that suffer from this disease.

    -My biggest challenge is keeping myself humble and teachable. I forget at times where I have come from and I can can start to judge others behaviors. By doing this I can damage the fragile lines trust and communication.

    -I am most excited about being available to help others and potentially save lives. To be able to watch others recover from their disease and to take the steps necessary to change their lives. And watching these changes effect their families, friends, and children.

    ~Ryan Butler

  30. -I partnered with Art Access in August. Their mission is to provide equal opportunities to inclusive arts programming for Utahn's with disabilities and those with limited access to the arts.

    -I was part of the Artist Mentor program and art exhibit. I created an exhibit that focused on colorism. I have been asked to lead an artistic workshop for minority teen students. My classes in the Visual Art and Design program have worked well with my experience and classes in Race and Ethnicity.

    -My biggest challenge have been my health issues and my available time to volunteer and still fulfill family, work and school obligations.

    -I am most excited to acquire skills that help me feel comfortable with uncomfortable conversations that help heal racism within my community. I am a firm believer that all that stands between us and our dreams are the uncomfortable conversations we are unwilling to have. Over and over, I have learned that the ripple effect of these uncomfortable conversations change lives. I feel humbled and blessed to learn these truths at this time in my life.

    Terry Jackson-Mitchell

  31. I am back teaching the children a Wasatch Elementary School. It was lovely seeing them after Winter break. They told me all about their Christmas. Then we got down to business - working on their reading skills!

  32. My community partner is Mana Academy. Mana Academy Charter School's mission is dedicated to excellence and committed to closing the opportunity gap by nurturing life long learners who are rooted in their native cultures and preparing them to be leaders of tomorrow.

    My skill as being a hard worker is go to contribute to my work as an civically engaged scholar. I don't just do the minimum, I work till the job is done.

    The biggest challenge I foresee for myself in the program is learn how to keep a balance between school, life, and other important matters.

    The thing that I'm most excited about the program is to see the change I will make with the community pattern, and to see the change that the other scholars will make.

  33. I hope it works this time. I had my one on one with Sean today and found out about the Maliheh free health clinic. I'm excited to get started with them. It sounds like a great opportunity and an amazing service to the community.

  34. I am working with UAID: Utah Association for Intellectual Disabilities. Their main focus is on helping supplement activities and events for individuals with disabilities which are also low income.

    I feel that I will be able to help them expand and enhance their programs and also create new events which will serve the community. I have excellent planning and event skills which I will be able to bring to the table. The thing that I think will be the biggest challenge is finding time to volunteer. I'm very busy as a mom and full time student. I am hopeful that I will be able to work on projects from home as well as in their office in order to meet the hours that I need.

    The thing that I am most excited about is that I will be able to build my resume and expand my networking contacts to use throughout my future career.

  35. I will continue to work with The Hope Clinic which provides free medical care to uninsured individuals living at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Their mission is to provide heartfelt health care to those in need.

    I will be able to contribute by giving of my compassion, time and skills to assist patients in achieving their healthcare goals. The experiences I have gained through my education will help me to understand and overcome my own personal biases, which will allow me to be a better patient advocate and caregiver to those I serve.

    Time will be my biggest challenge.

    I am excited to become an agent for change in providing care to those most at need. I will do this by continuing to work with the specialists at the clinic and recruiting more specialists to meet the growing need for care.

  36. David Mays:

    This month I had the opportunity to work with one of the Thayne Center’s community partners: The Road Home. The Road Home is most well-known for its shelter program. Another large part of the Road Home’s mission extends beyond the shelter to actual housing. There are two housing programs, “Rapid Rehousing,” and “Permanent Supportive Housing. The Rapid Rehousing program is designed to help families get back into a home as quickly as possible so that they don’t fall back into homelessness. The Permanent Supportive Housing program helps provide comprehensive services to those who need them in order to fully overcome homelessness. The Palmer Court apartments are one example of the Permanent Supportive Housing program.
    I had the opportunity to help at the Palmer Court housing complex. There were several shipping containers full of donations that I helped sort (along with other volunteers as part of Comcast Cares Day.) I also helped to repaint red curbing surrounding the entire complex.
    In order to continue as a civically engaged scholar you really need to be able to be in tune with needs in the community, and be willing to ask your community partners what their specific needs are. Sometimes we think we know all of the needs, but might be surprised to find out that what we guessed are needs aren’t as important as other things the organization might need. For example, when we asked the YWCA shelter about their needs we were surprised to find out that one real need that they had was actually toilet paper! We never would have guessed that toilet paper would be a big help. Turns out they spend close to three thousand dollars a month just on toilet paper.
    I think that the biggest challenge for me has always been time management. There is just so much going on between school, work, community service and everyday life. Learning how to manage time and fit the most important things in is very difficult.
    I’m excited about having the opportunity to better get to know and serve my community. I’m very thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to do this through the Thayne Center’s programs like Civically Engaged Scholars and Student Leaders in Civic Engagement.

    1. p.s. how do I change my name from "unknown" to my name?

  37. I selected Junior Achievement (JA) to work with as my community partner. JA’s mission is for volunteers from the community to serve role models in school classrooms, working to enhance students’ skills and knowledge, encourage them to prepare for success in life, and contribute to creating a better world. I am passionate about improving my community and guiding others to do the same, so I was excited for the opportunity to be a positive influence on the children I teach.

    I have had the opportunity in the past to teach health lessons to children at the Head Start program, and feel like it helped me prepare for the challenges faced in my JA classroom. One of the biggest of those challenges has been communication barriers. Getting twenty-three young children to focus and comprehend what is being taught to them is an art but is a lot of fun.

  38. I have been working with Boy Scouts of America and LDS Young Womens Groups. Both are preparing young people to be great members of society. I have had to opportunity to teach first aid to both groups. I have also organized a Clothing Drive with Eyes4Zimbabwe.
    Originally when I decided to join CES I was really worried about being outgoing enough to do meaningful community service outside school. It turns out, I really love it and I am continuing to look for more volunteer opportunities. I'm currently trying to get some opportunities with 4th Street Clinic.
    I think my nursing skills can help me a lot with being involved in the community and also just my general caring for people. LE 2920 has really opened my eyes to a lot of issues I can stand for and be involved in as well as how to be a good leader. I have learned a lot on how to lead others in a effort for positive change.

  39. I am so excited to see Humane Society of Utah is a community partner with Thayne Center. I selected Humane Society of Utah because I love animals. I want to utilize my passion to advocate for animals and educate the public. The biggest challenge I see is that a lot of people have social bias against homeless pet. Many people think an animal is in the shelter because they are "damage goods", because the animal might have behavior issues that's why they are in the shelter. The truth is animals ends up in the shelter for varieties of reasons. I hope to advocate for the animals because they deserve to have a good loving home with responsible owners.