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Student Volunteer Fellowship Program

Bates College

Promising Approaches

(4) Encourage and support activities and student and community organizations that provide opportunities for students to be engaged in their campuses and communities.

(5) Encourage student participation in leadership and campus and community governance.

(8) Involve students in the development and sustaining of campus/community partnerships.


The Student Volunteer Fellow Program is now in its fourth year at Bates College. The goals of the program are twofold: to engage a larger and more diverse group of students in meaningful volunteer activities; and to develop student leadership abilities. The students each have their own areas of responsibility, (children's programming, one-time events, working with teams and student groups, and development and communication) but they work together to facilitate volunteer opportunities.They handle all calls from the community, gather information about specific requests, and formulate a plan to meet the needs. They then recruit students to participate. The Fellows are required to spend time each week in the Volunteer Office, to meet weekly with each other and monthly with the Volunteer Office Coordinator, and to maintain records of their work. In addition, they manage a fund that provides money for expenses related to volunteer activities. They review applications and track the use of funds. These students come to us with a background in volunteer work and a concern for others and this program strengthens those commitments while enhancing the students' leadership skills and broadening their understanding of community needs.

Special Features

Civic Learning Goals

  • Civic Knowledge: Identify and describe the community in which they live; identify, define, and describe local problems and their connections to problems on the state and national levels; discuss and explore the variety of ways an individual can help solve societal problems
  • Civic Skills: Apply information to effective efforts to help solve social problems; work cooperatively with others and develop effective team building practices; effectively advocate individual and shared interests; organize people to address social issues
  • Civic Attitudes/Dispositions: Develop a sense of personal efficacy; an affective or emotional attachment to the community or polity i.e. a feeling that one matters, has a voice and a stake in public affairs, and therefore wants to be a contributing member of the community; concern for the greater good; concerned for the rights and welfare of others

Contact Information

Bates College Center for Service-Learning

Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools: Education for Democracy