30 September 2015

CES - October Blog 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?

25 comments:

  1. I am working with the America Reads program as an assistant in the office this school year. I have learned that America Reads is a great way to be of service in the community while earning a workstudy award. The mission is to help improve the literacy of children in the community through college students that volunteer to earn their workstudy.
    I have really enjoyed sharing my love of learning with the student I tutored in this program. Now I get to use my organizational and office management skills to help the program run well and mentor other tutors. I think a challenge I will have this year is missing the experience of being in the classroom on a regular basis. I am excited that our current community partners are looking for ways to make their program better and utilize our tutors more effectively. I am also, excited that we are looking at having another community partner added to the program this year.
    Chanel S

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  2. I have been serving as the Phi Theta Kappa Rocky Mountain Cascade Regional President since May of this year. The majority of my efforts have been developing my personal leadership style and bringing Phi Theta Kappa to the attention of SLCC administration. I am working to have the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society moved from an extracurricular segment to a co-curricular venue for all SLCC Phi Theta Kappa members.

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  3. I have summited an volunteer application to United Communities(Comunidades Unidas) to voluntedr there and as a Hispanic I am willing to do what it takes to help my people know about their right in this country and state whether they are documented or not and that is one of the missions of United Communities. I am a great team player and have alot of backround in computers as well as planning strategies and my developed leadership skills therefore I believe thise will be some of the talents I can be able to bring as a CES. One of the things I forsee is actually having the time to put volunteer hours in especially with school, homework and work but where there is a will there will always be a way and that is why I got do small voluteer work when it comes up. The most excited thing in my personal view is that this program is teaching about the importance of giving back to my community even if its just a few hours a day or a week Iam giving back and that makes me feel awesone inside.

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  4. My community partner is the Utah Aids Foundation. I have learned that the organization wants to provide preventative services to keep those free of HIV and STDs healthy and to provide food to those who qualify in their program that have been diagnosed with HIV, AIDS, or are low-income. UAF holds multiple events and have a free test site every Monday and Thursday. The Food Bank is also open multiple times a week so that participants can come and get food.
    I feel that I will be able to contribute that I am judgement free and I am more able to work with others. I have become more understanding and I am more able to listen to peoples' stories.
    I know that my biggest challenge at the Utah Aids Foundation is seeing people that are not feeling well because of their financial situation or the fact that they are HIV positive. I like it when I see people that have become more comfortable with coming to the site because they know they we are there to help. It is really hard to see someone come in who gives off the vibe that they are embarrassed. I don't want anyone to feel that way. The part that I am most excited about is learning more about STDs, HIV, and AIDS and finding the best way to prevent these health struggles.

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  6. My community partner is the Utah Aids Foundation. I have learned that the organization wants to provide preventative services to keep those free of HIV and STDs healthy and to provide food to those who qualify in their program that have been diagnosed with HIV, AIDS, or are low-income. UAF holds multiple events and have a free test site every Monday and Thursday. The Food Bank is also open multiple times a week so that participants can come and get food.
    I feel that I will be able to contribute that I am judgement free and I am more able to work with others. I have become more understanding and I am more able to listen to peoples' stories.
    I know that my biggest challenge at the Utah Aids Foundation is seeing people that are not feeling well because of their financial situation or the fact that they are HIV positive. I like it when I see people that have become more comfortable with coming to the site because they know they we are there to help. It is really hard to see someone come in who gives off the vibe that they are embarrassed. I don't want anyone to feel that way. The part that I am most excited about is learning more about STDs, HIV, and AIDS and finding the best way to prevent these health struggles.

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  7. The community partner I have selected is America Reads. Kids have the incredible capacity to be influenced by the love and support they experience at their stage in life. Being able to support them in succeeding in a life long skill such as reading is amazing. Someday in the future, a person will look back on their childhood memories and maybe an America Reads tutor at the YMCA will be one of their fondest. As a Civically Engaged Scholar, we have the potential to make positive changes. As small as we might feel we are and how much we do, our impact on the world as one person and as a community is much larger than we realize. Being a Civically Engaged Scholar, I bring a willingness to learn, understand, and improve. I'm a naturally inclined problem solver constantly looking for better solutions. When I am committed into something I feel strongly about, I give nothing but my absolute 110%. The biggest challenge I foresee is the possibility in burning myself out. I have the tendency to run my tank on Empty until I go "ka-put". Being more aware of that now, I am ready to overcome that obstacle. I am so excited to get out there and learn about life and everyone in it. And to just DO.

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  8. My community partner will now be Playworks. I will be volunteering at Moss elementary playing with the kids during recess, helping with sports and extracurricular activities and possibly helping with their school work. So far I have learned that they really focus on helping these students succeed and getting taught with the best material. The focus is specifically on the students and helping them succeed but I am still waiting to officially start and I am looking forward to what they really have to offer. I am looking forward to teaching and learning with the students and being apart of their growing and learning experiences. I also want to grow myself, find what I am good at and how can I can be an impact.
    As a Civically Engaged Scholar I know I can contribute the knowledge and skills I have gained being in college, being apart of Student Life and Leadership at SLCC, and doing volunteer work each semester. I have learned a lot of patience, learning how to communicate effectively, listening skills and how to become a better leader and I want to help these students do the same.
    One of the biggest challenges I see is possibly loosing patience or not being able to connect the way I would need to with the students.
    I am really excited to continue to learn more about myself and the new skills I can gain. I do need to keep learning to be patient and I think this will really help me. I am looking forward to the many more opportunities that will be available to me and what I can do for others while I am in this program.

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  9. Hurray! My community partner this year will be the Thayne Center! (As well as the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation and Revolution United). I'm super stoked to be the Alt Break leader for our spring trip to Seattle. (BTW applications are live on OrgSync). This week, however, is our Fall Break addressing hunger. Research in preparation for the break has been eye opening. I knew people go hungry, but I had no idea what it meant. I'm lucky enough to be engaging with the community to address this issue. I'm looking forward to this being a launch pad for me to become even more involved.

    This is my last year at SLCC and as a Civically Engaged Scholar. I'm happy to say that the program has been instrumental in my development. Really! Service is such an integral part of my life, and CES is now less of a motivator, and more of a reward. I no longer feel required to volunteer. And this is a great distinction that appreciates what we do. I'm excited to finish strong!

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  10. Over the Summer, I had volunteered lots of hours with Humane Society of Utah. One of their challenges is that when they have special event, they are in needed of volunteer that can commit to time to help with the event. I had communicated with Lisa (Volunteer coordinator) at HSU, telling her that she can partner up with SLCC to recruit volunteer for her facility. Humane Society of Utah had recently become partner with the Thayne center, hopefully all of us can spread the words and help HSU out.

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  11. Yes, I selected the YMCA because I’ve always wanted to work with children and have always been interested in the organization. I have been a mother for 25 years and it has given me an abundance of experience in this field. I think the biggest challenge for me is working alongside defiant children. It’s something I have never had to deal with and have little experience with. I am most excited about making a difference in the children’s lives. If I can help out in any little way then I believe I have done my job.

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  12. I'm working with Maliheh Free Clinic. Their mission is, "Maliheh Free Clinic seeks to improve the quality of life in the Greater Salt Lake Area by providing free medical services for uninsured and low-income individuals and families to help reverse the cycle of poverty and suffering created by poor health." I'm currently in Sean's class, Developing The Civically Engaged Leader. His class has helped me get off my rump and dive in. I've been really surprised by the need in our community. Maliheh is a very busy clinic. It serves a very important, needed purpose for a lot of individuals and families.

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  13. My primary community partner is The Road Home. For those that don't know, they serve as a shelter for the homeless and are located near the Gateway mall downtown. They are absolutely wonderful in accommodating those who are in need of a safe place to stay for the night and are especially welcoming to homeless families, as they give them a large room to themselves.

    I am very open-minded and am not anywhere near judgmental of those in need, however, I know it will be a challenge to not coddle them. I don't want them to feel that I pity them or have them get the impression that I feel I am above them. I want to treat them as equals and I believe that will be a challenge for me for a little while.

    I am very excited to learn all the ways they are helping Utah's homeless and to participate in their events.

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  14. I have selected a community partner, the YMCA. The knowledge I bring as a civically engaged scholar include a lot of experience teaching, observing teachers teach, and knowing how to interact with students. This knowledge has lead me to hone skills of patience, knowing the material, and knowing how to build relationships with students. My biggest challenge tends to be keeping my mouth shut when it comes to having different ideas on disciplinary actions. However, keeping my mouth shut thus far has increased my ability to be patient and helps me keep in mind that I don't always know the whole situation. I am most excited about getting to work with the America Reads program because I think it is necessary to attempt to achieve its vision.
    Nathan Nish.

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  15. I'm still with the Head Start program working with the children and helping the teachers. I volunteer at the program due to the fact it helps them gain funding for more children to be able to attend. I feel that the program has so much to offer the children learning so many skills before they are in school. I love being able to see the children grow and be able to teach me different things. I feel that we both learn something all the time and it's the best feeling knowing that I can help more children be able to attend school. The teachers are very good to me and will allow me to do things at home for them to be able to help get more activities done for the children to do while they are there and at home. We like to get the parents involved with there home work to keep the learning going while at home.

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  16. I have learned that my community partner, the America Reads program here at SLCC, is about helping students to use their work study or volunteering hours to make a difference in the lives of elementary-aged children through reading and literacy activities. The biggest challenge I have as the assist to the America Reads coordinator, is know everything I need to know to address any issue that comes my way at a moment's notice. The thing I am excited about, is being able to have more input on how to improve and alter the way we run the program to make everyone's efforts go farther and time spent more enjoyable.

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  18. I am working with the Neighborhood House Child Care Center in one of the 4 year olds classroom. Their mission is to provide a “fun, safe and loving environment at our Salt Lake daycare center where children receive the educational and developmental opportunities needed for a healthy start in life.”
    I don’t have much experience working with children however I do feel extremely comfortable around them, which is something I know they can pick up on. I treat them as if they are people and I communicate with them on their level so I create relationships with the children. The more I get to know the children in the community the more insight I will have to better the community for them and future children.
    My biggest challenge right now is just making time for everything. I think I took a little too much on this semester and so I don’t feel that I am as committed as I truly want to be. As for the program, I have only been able to work with them a few times so I am just getting familiar with it all. I love the children, the staff and the facility are amazing so I’m not sure what the challenges could even be but I will keep you posted.
    · With the program I am most excited about working with these amazing kids! They are all so funny and inviting and actually remembered me after just one visit. I love reading to them and asking them questions. I have always wanted to pick up Spanish and most of the children speak Spanish so maybe I’ll be able to learn a thing or two from them. Another thing I am excited about is working with one child in particular. This child is extremely distant and doesn’t seem to like authority so I am looking forward to seeing the journey that our relationship takes; hopefully we will become friends!
    Overall, I am already getting a glimpse into a different side of childcare that I have not yet experienced or been exposed to. I love the concept behind it all and am really looking forward to learning more about it and getting to know the kids.

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  19. Lenora Monge-RamirezFriday, November 06, 2015

    I am currently working with Utahns Against Hunger. They are not just giving to those in need they are educating them and advocating to increase access to food sources. Working with policymakers to ensure the choices made are a benefit to those in need. I was able to participate with the Fall Alternative break which focus was hunger in Utah. We worked with three different organization whose focus in food sources. Being able to see first hand the challenges they have and the great resources they have was an eye opening. This has helped me understand the process of utilizing the resources but as well as the need of more awareness.The guidance of CES program is providing me to learn more of the needs in many different aspects in peoples lives. My challenge is time, but also choosing one organization and being able to fully commit. I want to work with a different organization each semester. I want to get my feet wet in all different organizations to help as much and many people as I can. I am excited that there is an endless opportunities to work with such a variety of community partners. Being able to make connections and learn so much from each non-profit. And as well is meeting and working with other college students and that the program feel that it's age based.

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  20. I have partnered up with the Humane Society of Utah the mission is: “Dedicated to the elimination of pain, fear, and suffering in all animals.” Which is certainly a difficult mission. I do not have any particular skills that are very pertinent to the organization. Other than perhaps being somewhat knowledgeable about infection control and disease prevention. Also I am a capable learner so I suppose that is a good skill no matter where you are. My most valuable skill has probably been fast reflexes because sometimes a nice petting can turn into a nice slashing haha. My most difficult problem is definitely the social aspects. I find it very challenging to go and get out there. However, that is what I am most excited about. There is so much room to grow and improve myself which is one of the big reasons I decided on this path.

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  22. My community partner is the Utah Food Bank. Their mission is to get food to everyone in Utah who is struggling and needs it. The skills that I can contribute to my work as a Civically Engaged Scholar is dedication to finish tasks and loads of hard work. My biggest challenge in the program I think will be trying to get all the service hours I need just because the Food Bank gets lots of volunteers around the holidays. I'm most excited to learn about new skills and knowledge that can help me to achieve more throughout the rest of my life. Also, how to more effectively help others in need.

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  23. I volunteer at the Family Support and Treatment Center in the Crisis Nursery. The mission of this organization is basically to protect children and prevent abuse within the home. The skills that I am able to bring would mostly be listening and understanding. It's important to get down at each kids' level and to try to see life through their perspective as well as to make each one feel special and loved. Because you never know if they are or aren't getting the attention that they deserve

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  24. 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 volunteer with the Kearns High School color guard as their instructor, they don’t have a specific mission statement besides the schools mission statement and that’s mostly focused on the academic but in my view I see it applying to both academic and extracurricular activities such as being apart of color guard.
    What knowledge and skills do you feel you will be able to contribute to your work as a Civically Engaged Scholar?
    - I believe the biggest thing I can contribute is being a role model for these students, showing and exposing them to volunteer opportunities helping them develop leadership sills and start thinking about college and being involved in there lives.
    What do you foresee as being your biggest challenge in the program?

    What are you most excited about in the program?
    - We just finished our Fall marching show with the band and are soon going into Winter season where we will work on a show to one song separately as a guard. I am excited to start recruiting new students to the team and to get started on a show. I see a few challenges coming up such as having the amount of money needed to get into competition in time and keeping students on track academically to stay on the team

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