28 April 2015

CES - APRIL REFLECTION



Over the last two semesters what has changed about your perspective and knowledge about your community partner? How did you use your skills & knowledge to benefit the organization?  What skills did you discover or improve that will benefit your future career?

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  1. I have been working with Friends for Sight this month and it has been wonderful to see how many people they have helped with better eye care. Most of the people they help are children and as a volunteer I was able to help with some of the basic screenings. I realized while I was doing it that many of these people probably get looked down on because they are poor, but they have the same basic needs that I do. I enjoyed working with them and helping them to find the resources they needed to have a better life.

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  2. I continue to involve myself with Phi Theta Kappa as the Chapter President. We have served the Ronald McDonald house every month since August of 2014. It is a great way for our members to serve the community and meet those who actually benefit from their service. I am taking a huge gamble in mid May; I will be running for Regional President of the Phi Theta Kappa Rocky Mountain Cascade Region. I am excited and my gut is twisted in anticipation... However, I look forward to the challenge of helping out an entire region of high achieving Phi Theta Kappa members. I will continue to work alongside Phi Theta Kappa as I continue to sharped my leadership skills and abilities.

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  3. I have volunteered with the Hope Clinic for over two years. The Hope Clinic provides free medical care to uninsured individuals that live at or below 150% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. It is staffed completely by volunteers and funded by private donations. Working originally as a surgical technologist, I learned so much about caring and advocating for patients. During this time the number of specialists volunteering at the clinic has increased so much that a coordinator for the specialty clinics was needed. Without having any experience in managing a clinic I was asked to take on this challenge. Through this experience, I have learned a whole new skill set and been able to help the clinic expand and improve the care given to our patients. I’ve learned how to interface with doctors and other medical professionals, recruited and trained volunteers and learned how to manage with limited resources and supplies. Most importantly I have learned to see each patient as an individual with unique needs. My goal is to continue to expand the number of specialists while improving our overall care of patients.

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  4. I have been working with USARA (among other community partners) for some time. I have learned that our voice can be heard and that we can make change in our society. It's amazing to make new friends who share similar goals. In early March, USARA and NAMI teamed up to conduct a rally for recovery at the Capitol. I was so happy to see the hundreds of faces determined to let our voice be heard to our legislators. We had incredible guest speakers for the March on the capitol. Moreover, the same day we held a walk to remember. This was a walk where those who were lost to mental illness or addiction were remembered. There were several posters of those who had past. Furthermore, I help with weekly meetings and I've seen people make changes in their life utilizing a cognitive based approach. One thing is certain, this work will continue. I have met with copious social workers and others who are interested in our local policies. Through such relationships, I have discovered a team of friends and colleagues who will support me, as I support them. I'm so glad to be apart of CES. We have made a difference in our society and we will continue to make positive change in the years to come.

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  5. I have been working with Junior Achievement (JA) since February. I have been involved with many different organizations, but did not know much about JA before joining civically engaged scholars. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to look into community partners I may not have considered before. This is a wonderful program where volunteers have the opportunity to enter all grades of elementary school classrooms to teach children work ethics, financial literacy, and how to be involved in a healthy community. Each grade level of JA builds off the previous. What better way to improve our community but to prepare the youth who are our future? It is amazing to see how quickly the children catch on and how enthusiastic they become. Since we are soon to be nurses, my classmates and I also decided to teach a health lesson in addition to the JA lessons. Since nurses are also teachers, it was a good experience to learn ways to communicate this information with a young audience. This will be useful when doing patient teaching for a pediatric population in a medical setting. In the future, I’d like to work in a variety of schools and a variety of grade levels. I am excited to continue working with Junior Achievement for years to come.

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  6. I have been working with the America Reads program as a tutor at a elementary school here in downtown Salt Lake City. I have learned that I really do enjoy being in a school and that I can make a lot of progress with students even as a tutor. My ultimate goal is to be a teacher so this is definitely something that is helping me to achieve that goal as well as to learn more about myself and what kind of teacher I want to be. I have mainly learned more about how to interact with the administration in a school and to how to run a service project for a school. I think the main things that I have brought to the school is to help other tutors, assist the school in accommodating the America Reads program and to bring my experience working with students to the classrooms that I am in now. I have enjoyed getting a chance to work with kids again to help me improve my understanding of the learning process and how to help a variety of students.

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    1. How often do you have to go in? How long do you stay? This sounds like an awesome volunteer opportunity.

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  7. I have been teaching first aid to Scouts and Young Women. I have really enjoyed this opportunity. I hope to keep doing it in the future. I have learned that on occasion it's hard to hold young people's attention but there are lots of ways to make things fun and interesting.
    I have been considering on going through an actual first aid course to get certified to teach it.
    I have been trying to find some volunteer opportunities with the 4th Street Clinic to help the homeless population.
    I organized a clothing drive for Eye4Zimbabwe. This ended up being a much bigger project than I originally Thought it would but It ended up going really well. After filling up my second bedroom with donations the organizing part was quite daunting. I enlisted to help of some family and friends to help out. So I got some experience organizing a large project and then leading another group of people in the other half of that project. I got a such a great response from others It was really a great experience.
    I never had a desire to really volunteer in the community. I had before just as a part of other groups. I kind of fell into the CES program just because I can't seem to say no when opportunities come a knocking. I am so glad I got involved in this program. I have done things I never would have done otherwise and now I just can't get enough.

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  8. This year I have worked with Maliheh Free Clinic, Make A Wish Foundation and most recently Jr. Achievement of Utah. All were great experiences. Maliheh Free Clinic offers 100% free healthcare to people who meet certain financial requirements. I was able to work as a CNA, triaging patients, preforming physical assessments, taking blood sugars and assisting Dr’s with various tasks. Make A Wish Foundation is always amazing to work with, this year I helped organize the Easter Event held up at Ft. Douglas. This year the kids had over 5000 eggs to hunt, several crafts tables, face painting, treats and all the Disney characters you could ever want.
    For my service learning project this semester I worked with 2 other classmates with Jr. Achievement of Utah (JA) and Daybreak Elementary School. JA is a fantastic program that provides the skills kids need to prepare for the real world, to reach their goals and each year builds on curriculum from each preceding year. JA provides lessons as early as kindergarten which encourage school aged kids to explore future opportunities. JA City for example is a program for 5th graders that combines in-class lessons with a day-long visit to an interactive town located at the Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum. The town contains 20 storefronts where children operate banks, manage businesses and their own personal finances. We worked with first graders teaching them about needs vs. wants, money, starting businesses and jobs we can do to help in our neighborhoods. Daybreak also gave us time to do a health focused lesson where we taught the kids oral hygiene.

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    1. Cami! That's awesome. How did you start your work at Maliheh?

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    2. Thank you Michele! They are amazing to work with, contact Tami, the volunteer coordinator at the clinic if you are interested. Their phone # is 801-266-3700

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  9. The Utah AIDS Foundation and Cancer Wellness House are my community partners. They have helped changed my view on stigmas and learn to appreciate all types of lifestyles, beliefs, cultures, and new perceptions of life.
    At the AIDS foundation, I have met a lot of young and old sexually active individuals. When they come in, they have a hard time looking at me in the eye and telling me exactly why they are in. Some of clients that come in are homosexual and will not even admit that they are gay/lesbian. This made me sad because this is a part of their identity and they aren't willing to share honest information, even with someone who will be providing them care due to stigmas that come with being homosexual. I would rather have people coming in to get tested for STIs and being safe than feeling ashamed. I learned how important it is to be open with all individuals because if you are not, they tend to shut themselves out. Learning this helped me benefit the Utah AIDS Foundation because I know how to listen without making judgments. I also learned how to talk to people when I am nervous or thrown into a situation that I do not know much about. This will allow individuals to feel safe and welcome and let them know that I am only human, too. These skills will help me in my future career as a nurse practitioner because I am going to be dealing with people from all types of cultures, religions, ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, and lifestyles. I am so thankful for everything that I have learned at the Utah AIDS Foundation.
    At the Cancer Wellness House, I have been dealing a lot with families. Members are either children who have cancer, adults who have cancer, or children with a family member that has cancer. It has helped me appreciate my health and teach me that everyone goes through different struggles in life, but we are all in this life journey together. This will help me in my future career because I will know about some of the emotional affects of having cancer, as well as the physical affects.

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  10. I propose to get the Early Head Start some nutrition and physical activity to help the children learn more about nutrition.Curiosity is natural to children, but they need help understanding how to make sense of what they see and to relate their observations to their existing ideas and understandings. There is a wide range of "normal" growth. Between the ages of 2 and 5, the average child grows about 2½ inches taller each year, and also gains 4 to 5 pounds each year. You and your children’s doctors are partners in maintaining your child's health. Your child’s growth over time is an important sign of good health and nutrition. Over time, the curve of the growth chart will show your child's growth pattern and whether height and weight growth are increasing at the same rate. Your doctor will monitor the growth chart to be sure your child continues to follow the same "curve" over time and the growth pattern does not unexpectedly change. I can't stress enough the importance of this program, and the necessity of all its services. As a group, children can achieve much more then on their own. Research shows that good nutrition and physical activity contributes to a child’s overall well-being, growth, development and ability to learn.

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  11. I just decided to join CES in the Spring semester this year. I choose to volunteer at Humane Society of Utah to work with homeless animals. I always wanted to volunteer at the shelter but didn't do it because I wasn't aware that HSU is a no kill shelter. I was afraid to get involve and become attach to animal. Once I gone through HSU's orientation, I was happy to learn that they are a no kill shelter and they make every effort to place the animal in a loving home. I help socializing and training dogs so they can be adopted and find their forever home. While volunteering at the Humane Society, I also started making social network to meet with other people who advocate for animal right. Since I wasn't always good with networking, this volunteer opportunity really pushes me to be more involve into the community.

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  12. When I started CES I wasn't sure which community partner to join with. There wasn't any groups that were jumping out at me. After talking with Sean I decide to find a group that would benefit most from the skills I could contribute. I decide to work with UAID: Utah Association for Intellectual Disabilities. It's actually an issues that is important to me as well. My nephew has cerebral palsy and learning disabilities because of the seizures he has. This group is the type of place that will help him when he is older. After working with them the past several months I've realized that you need to be willing to say no. I feel like I need to give more and more time to the non-profit, but have to realize that I'm not any good to anyone if I get burned out. I've also learned that things aren't always the way I want them to go. While I may have one vision for the way an event will go, the board of directors or those in charge ultimately have the final say.

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  13. I entered CES as of Fall 2014. I have been working with AR, I started working with an elementary school and then went totally to YMCA. I have enjoyed tutoring children and have been tutoring since i was in 12th grade. Then I tutored the whole time that my son went to school from Kindergarten through 6th grade. I enjoy helping children because I was one of those children that struggled with reading, math, and school. However I really loved and enjoyed school.
    What I have done for the YMCA is getting a reading program together with testing for each grade first through sixth. I also cataloged all their books that they have. We then got to start testing children on the testing we created. It was so cool. Some children are reading way above their grade level while others really struggle with just the basics and sounds. I made notes on each child and then met with Jamie and told her what I did. I sure enjoy making up programs for the children.
    As I serve the children they become more comfortable with me and are so fun and funny.

    BOO

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  14. Cierra ClevelandThursday, April 30, 2015

    With all the family drama of mine coming back around, I hadn't been to my community partner this past month. I tried to reach out this week but contact information had changed to unknown. I reached out to the Family Support Center in West Valley for opportunities. This would be great because its a lot closer than Orem. I had been with my previous partner for a little over a year and I loved it there. I loved helping and making a difference in those kids' lives. And next month when I start at one of the closer family support centers, I can't wait to spend time with new kid's and be able to impact them. Having experience in the crisis nursery has given me a different perspective with the drama/ issues that occur in my family: even though chaos is frequent in my family, I at least have somewhere safe to go. The kids that I worked with/ played with, for some of them the crisis nursery was their only option. So I'm so glad that I was able to make these kids feel special and I can't wait to make more experiences like that happen.

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  15. Over the last two semesters I was able to get to know Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. They good relationship with the grater community in the fight for no homeless pets and No Kill Utah NKU. They work directly with the community and have grown outside the sanctuary in Kanab UT. And have shelters in and around the salt lake area.
    SLCC has a great Alternative Break Program, during ASB I was selected among others to travel to Kanab and work up close and personal with the community partner and the animals. During my volunteer work I noticed that my passion for animals was shifting in to a passion for this non-profit. While in Kanab we worked on the acreage to clear tumble weeds and clean up the dog trails.
    The thing that hit home the hardest was the “Sleep over”. They have options for the animals up for adoption, to go on sleep overs. We had taken home a dog named Giles, for the evening. His main comfort was sleeping in one of the volunteer’s bed.
    We took him for a hike the following morning and he would not let the volunteer out of his sight. His bond with her was mysterious, he trusted her to keep him safe and wouldn’t leave her side. When we took him back to the sanctuary he didn’t seem phased by the departure almost as if he wasn’t expecting to stay with us. This temporary bond with this animal, tugged at my heart as we drove off away from dog town.
    My heart ached at the image of dog town and all these dogs that aren’t in a forever home or able to go on sleep overs. This adventure as really opened my eyes to the reckless breeding that takes place in America. I would like to create more awareness about NKU and homeless pets. I feel it’s vital for the future of homeless pets and animals alike.
    The greatest thing I took from this was the ability to look outside myself and see the root cause. We are the root cause as humans, and we can change the future of how animals are treated and housed.

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  16. Since I joined CES I have been able to help different community partners. I did America Reads at Whittier Elementary, Make a Wish Foundation, Alternate Fall Break which included working with the Food Co-Op, Utah Food Bank and Real Food Rising.
    My Community partner that I was more focused on this semester though was with the Hope Clinic. I was able to use my translation skills and nursing background to come up with patient education handouts for those patient's with Diabetes Mellitus in English and Spanish with the help of another student. I learned through all these experiences that making a change does not mean you have to have power, money or popularity. I discovered in myself that I can help wherever I want to help and be capable of doing so. So long as I feel there needs to be change I just need a plan to do so. I learned that I don't have to have all the answers to something and that most of the time skills are learned on the way to the end goal.

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  17. Melissa CodellaMonday, May 04, 2015

    I spent the semester volunteering in my community through my church and through my kid's school. I volunteered for JA of Utah. This is where volunteers teach financial decisions to school age children. Being a part of the Junior Achievement program has been very rewarding for me. I felt like I was making a change for the better in the lives of the students I taught. I really enjoyed helping them figure out their own “needs” vs. “wants”, and also businesses that they use in their neighborhoods to help supply those needs and wants. The students were very excited to learn and willing to participate.

    I am so grateful that I took the Civically Engaged Scholar class. This class has opened my eyes to all the work that I can be doing to make our community a better place to live for everyone. I have also learned to think outside my own little bubble.

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  18. Sara SchildmeyerMonday, May 04, 2015

    Over the last two semesters what has changed about your perspective and knowledge about your community partner is that I've become more familiar in my role in helping them, and I have gained a further appreciation for their services in the community. The Maliheh Free Clinic helps people who can't afford health care. Each time I volunteer, I learn about different services they offer, and I learn new ways to help them achieve do this. I use my skills & knowledge to benefit the organization by using my training and licensed skills to provide health care to patients, and to assist doctors. The skills that I discovered or improved that will benefit my future career are: I gained more confidence in my interactions with patients, as well as with my licensed skills. When doing these things routinely, I became very comfortable with them.

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    1. Hi Sara! Thanks for sharing you experiences with Maliheh. I'm excited to start volunteering with them. I need to stop making excuses and putting my volunteering off more and more. It helps to hear how much it's helped with your confidence because that is definitely something I'll need help with too. Are you graduated and passed your NCLEX now?

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  19. Ryan Butler

    Over the last two semesters what has changed about your perspective and knowledge about your community partner?

    My community partner has changed. Last semester i volunteered at Salt Lake Metro Jail hosting Drug and Alcohol classes.

    This semester I logged twenty hours collecting data with iUtah, UofU, BYU, And Utah State. We were part of a sociological data collection of what Utahns thoughts were of water in Utah. Usage, water supplies and overall perception of water in the state. Also, do we have enough now, and will we have enough in the future.Gave me insight into data collection, and large scale group coordination.

    How did you use your skills & knowledge to benefit the organization? What skills did you discover or improve that will benefit your future career?

    My leadership skills were used. The SLCC group, most of the students were flaky and did not fulfill their commitments. I had to take over as lead, to make sure we held up to our end of the deal.

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  20. Over the past two semesters, my community partner has changed drastically. There are always constant changes and I think it's great! I'm learning stuff everyday even though I don't go every single day.

    The skills that helped benefit the organization are some that I've acquired through my years in leadership roles. I've used a wide range of skills for this community partner. The skills that I discovered is a love for the marine environment. I absolutely love being around all of the fishes and invertebrates. Being able to volunteer here makes me happy.

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  21. I intend to volunteer with Maliheh free clinic. I've had some upheavals and I know I'm dragging my feet.I haven't as yet gotten off the ground with actually volunteering but have gotten a new job and am feeling better about issues that have cropped up, I've also registered for the Civically Engaged Scholars class for Fall and am excited for that. I'm off to a slow start but am still committed.

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