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Student Volunteer Fellowship Program
(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.
Civic Learning Goals
Bates College Center for Service-Learning
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