If you are a student at Seton Hall University, there are lots of opportunities for you to enhance your education experiences and expand your resume. Activities include service learning tutoring and mentoring programs, student fellowship opportunities, CCRE internships and experiential learning.
Service Learning at Tutoring and Mentoring Programs
The Community Renaissance Program offers students a wonderful opportunity to positively affect the lives of children, both academically and developmentally, and can result in much personal transformation as well.
The Community Renaissance Program is a Student-Community partnership program designed to address the needs of Seton Hall University’s neighboring urban communities. Using a comprehensive and interdisciplinary model, a steering committee of community and University representatives identifies community building projects and outlines implementation plans. Through service learning courses and volunteer programs, faculty, staff and students conduct projects with community partners. Selection of sites and training occurs at the beginning of the semester, with 10 weeks of programming following that, ending before final exams.
Freshmen taking the first University signature core course (CORE 1101) can select a section that incorporates the service learning tutoring and mentoring program. For fall 2008 service learning courses, check with online course listing under “CORE 1101” and look for the Service Learning designation.
To see a description of sites, the goals, and expectations of the partnership, click here to go to the sites.
As part of our Service Learning Career Ladder (SLCL), students may also look to be involved in the spring semester and beyond.
Community Renaissance Program Sites
As part of our Community Renaissance Program, CCRE offers multiple partner sites, and have increased the number of Seton Hall students that annually tutor and mentor to more than 200, while we serve more than 1,000 public school students. CCRE is currently partnering with the following programs:
Newton Street School
Ivy Hill Elementary School
Maplewood Recreation Department
To see the full assessment of our past programs, detailing how students and parents responded to questions about the quality of the program and the quality of the Seton Hall tutor/mentor, click here. Sample responses include:
Parents surveyed regarding the tutoring and mentoring program responded in the following manner, broken down statistically:
- 68% agreed that the mentor had a positive influence on their child.
- 69% agreed that the mentor had raised their child’s level of educational success.
- 70% agreed that the mentor was a positive role model for their child.
- 77% agreed that the mentor treated their child with sensitivity and respect.
- 85% agreed that the mentor had helped in preparing their child for NJASK/GEPA exams.
Children surveyed regarding the tutoring and mentoring program responded in the following way:
- 82% enjoyed working with the Seton Hall mentor
- 79% liked the mentor, with open responses orbiting around themes such as mentor’s knowledge, helpfulness, and the fun they had together.
- 72% said they could trust their mentor
- 63% said they looked up to their mentor
- 80% said they would recommend the mentors to other students.
There are opportunities to apply for an internship as a site leader for the CCRE tutoring programs if you have been involved in one of these tutoring and mentoring programs already. We are seeking six students with experience in service learning at tutoring/mentoring programs, particularly students who have completed Seton Hall courses that included a service learning component. Students will oversee the day-to-day activities at one of our tutoring and mentoring sites, while reporting to our Project Coordinator. The role will require you to be available for approximately 6-10 hours a week for 12 weeks during the semester. Please contact Tawayna Bailey, Project Coordinator, at email@example.com for details.
Service Learning Career Ladder (SLCL)
Many of our students have the passion and motivation to continue as community volunteers throughout their college career. In recognition of this, we are designing incentives for them to continue their development as community volunteers and leaders through the “Service Learning Career Ladder.” This career ladder will provide opportunities for students to be involved in service learning annually during their time on our campus, progressing from entry level service experiences to senior level experiences where they will assume a leadership role in our programs. CCRE will play an increasingly larger role in the development of our students as servant leaders who grow intellectually, experientially, and emotionally through their service experiences, assisting students in creating linkages between their academic and experiential activities.
Go to our service learning blog to read about our plans for the SLCL, and help us create this innovative component of CCRE programming.
Student Service Learning Advisory Panel (SSLAP)
At CCRE, we are always seeking to improve our programming in ways that are tailored to the unique needs of present and incoming students. SSLAP advises us how to advance our service learning programs in ways that meet students’ need for experience-based learning, recognition, and career reward. If you are interested in becoming a part of this innovative panel, please contact Dr. Laura Melendez Pallito, Director of CCRE, at (973) 275-5882 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is one CCRE internship offered annually, during which you will gain valuable experience helping in the planning, implementation and evaluation of an applied research center. You will work closely with the Director and Project Coordinator on a range of activities from planning, implementation and evaluation of programs. Please contact Dr. Laura Melendez Pallito, Director of CCRE, at (973) 275-5882 or by email at email@example.com.
Seton Hall Experiential Learning and Leadership through Service (SHELLS)
The Seton Hall Experiential Learning and Leadership through Service (SHELLS) program is designed to expose students to careers and opportunities to serve in the nonprofit sector by expanding the service-learning program at the university.
Service learning integrates academic and community based learning with the intellectual work at the university. Designed to introduce students to the complexity of social issues and community decision making, students participate both in class and on-site on projects in volunteerism, community development, and nonprofit management. Service learning affords the student the opportunity to explore the causes of community problems, to clarify his/her values, to consider social service as a career choice, and to become a better informed citizen and decision maker.
For details of past partners, faculty and students who have worked on SHELLS projects Please contact Dr. Laura Melendez Pallito, Director of CCRE, at (973) 275-5882 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.