Student Projects

Students with a passion for service, or a great idea to improve our community can lead various student projects. Student projects include various levels of budgeting to achieve the student's service goals.

Wellness-Screening

Community Engaged Griffins (CEG) provides Westminster College students an opportunity to hold a "higher-level" volunteer position with a local non-profit organization. A "higher-level" position is defined as a volunteer position that requires critical thinking and work that is more than performing repetitive tasks, such as assistance with basic office functions. Participating students will be enrolled as Westminster employees to provide financial compensation for their work with the non-profit organization. The students will commit the designated number of hours (between 6-10 hours/week) that must be completed within an agreed upon time-frame. Students may choose between a minimum of 4 months of service and a maximum of 9 months of service. All service must be completed by mid-June at the latest.

Purpose

This program fosters the opportunity for students to become involved in the community at a deeper level of commitment. Financial assistance offers students the support to become more involved in the community and to create and/or complete a placement that fulfills meaningful service and learning. Students will be able to utilize multiple college-wide learning goals including, but not limited to, ethical awareness, global consciousness, leadership, teamwork, and communication.

Membership Requirements

Students must consistently commit to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 hours per week at the same local nonprofit for the entire duration of their time commitment between 4 and 9 months. Members will be required to complete an evaluation prior to starting at the local non-profit organization. Students will submit a time card to the Human Resources department every two weeks for payment.
In addition, students are required to document their hours and submit them to the CEG program coordinator(s) every two weeks with approval from the over-seeing contact at the non-profit organization; this will prove as recognition for the students' work with the non-profit. Students must also keep a personal hard copy record of the hours performed with the non-profit. Students will meet with the program coordinator(s) roughly once a month to discuss their progress with the organization.
The program coordinator(s) reserve the right to schedule meetings with any student involved in the program for any reason. Additional meetings will typically be scheduled whenever a student's commitment to the non-profit organization appears to be questionable. When the student signs their application, it will act as a contract stating that the student will frequently check their email and respond in a timely manner to the program coordinator(s).

Change Project

Program members will complete a "change project" sometime during their months of service (preferably towards the middle or end of their time commitment). The change project will address a need of the non-profit they are working with. If needed, members will be granted up to $300 in budget money to help facilitate the change project. Past examples of a change project are recruiting and organizing new volunteers, coordinating a winter clothing drive, or purchasing new art supplies for an elementary school classroom.
CEG members and the program coordinator(s) will meet to discuss change project ideas, details and logistics. Once the project is completed, a short reflective essay will be required.
Following completion of the required time commitment, the student will turn in a reflection of their service based on three of the college-wide learning goals. Students will also submit a post-evaluation. Lastly, a service reflection reception held at the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement will be held. All CEG members are required to participate in the reception.

Restrictions

This program can NOT be completed as part of a requirement for a class or club/organization.
This program can NOT be completed as an internship for class credit.
The hours must be in addition to any other funded involvement with the non-profit (such as Take Action or employment with the non-profit).

Applying

Students must fill out the below application to be considered for the program. Students may apply to the program anytime during the school year but must complete a minimum of 4 months of service by mid-end of June. Students will be interviewed after the application has been submitted, and invited into the program if meeting the program requirements. The student will be placed on payroll at a rate of $8.00/hour. The student must abide by the maximum of 20 hours per week between all campus job positions.

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The SLICE Program through the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement is designed for students who are passionate about a community issue and would like to take on a leadership role to address that issue. Participants create awareness related to the issue and can hold a service event. Participants develop partnerships with members of the community and other Westminster students and faculty. They will also develop leadership skills and reflect on their service. Funding will be issued to participants to help fund their initiatives.

Applications are accepted continuously throughout the year.

Requirements
  • Submit a SLICE application.
  • Carry out your project in conjunction with a nonprofit community organization.
  • Throughout your project, communicate with the coordinator(s).
  • Submit a budget outline at the beginning of your project and at the end of your project.
  • Submit a reflection paper along with your time sheet and any pictures at the end of your project.
Criteria
  • Identify an issue affecting your community.
  • Develop a project in order to address the issue and positively affect your community.
  • Create a plan, timeline, budget, and set goals for your project.
  • Attend an orientation meeting the program directors.
  • Attend a reflection reception at the end of each semester you participate in SLICE.
  • Write a short reflection paper after completing your project.
Budget and Additional Information
  • A maximum of $500 can be provided to help fund you project.
  • The budget can only be spent on items relevant to the project.
  • You will have access to resources at the DCCE (campus wide emailing, networking, etc.).
  • You will gain a variety of skills in leadership, communication, collaboration, and social responsibility.
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How much money will I receive for my project?

A maximum of $500 can be given. You are welcome to spend less than the max; our special small $100 projects are popular. The budget can only be spent on items relevant to the project.

  • How will I be reimbursed for my spending?

After you have bought supplies, etc., for your project, you can take the receipt and a check request form (found by searching "check request form" on the Westminster College website) to Julie Tille to be signed. You will receive your money in a few days time from the Cashiers Window.

  • Do I have a deadline or a time limit on my project?

    You must complete the project while you are still a student at Westminster College, but this is your project, your rules, and you are free to work at your pace.

Visit us in the Center for Civic Engagement in the Bassis Center or email us for more information at civicengagement@westminstercollege.edu.

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The Take Action Project through the Center for Civic Engagement helps students design and implement projects that will enhance people's lives. Projects will address the educational, social, psychological, and cultural well-being of individuals, families, and groups in the Salt Lake Community. Students will learn valuable skills in the areas of leadership, communication, collaboration, and social responsibility. Please see the project proposal form and the program requirements below for more information.

The application process for the 2017–18 school year is now open. The deadline for applications is April 26, 2017. Please email jtille@westminstercollege.edu if you’re in need of project guidance or have any questions.

Project Activities and Criteria
  • Involve a Westminster College student with a staff or faculty member and a community partner
  • Address community identified needs and clearly state the significance of these needs, as supported by a review of the relevant literature
  • Apply solutions to address problems facing individuals, families or groups in the Salt Lake Community
  • Directed toward attainable, measurable outcomes and include a process for assessing outcomes
  • Project procedures must be stated clearly
  • The budget must be defensible and feasible in terms of the overall project purpose and within the endowment's budget constraints
  • The student expenses cannot cover hours of paid work; it must be separate, unpaid work
Project Submission Requirements
  • Letter of support from the community partner and faculty/staff member mentor must be submitted with proposal
  • Project begins at start of the academic year
  • Funding is utilized within a one-year time frame. Extensions will be considered if necessary
Fundable Expenses

The following expenses are fundable, depending on the proposed project scope (NOTE: retroactive expenses will not be funded)

  • Student earnings of $1500 (working approximately 6 hours a week for 30 weeks during the academic year)
  • Faculty/staff mentor stipend of $500 (meeting bi-monthly with student and attending end of each semester presentation)
  • Budget money for project of $1200
2014–2015 Take Action Projects
  • Mentoring students at Granite Park Junior High
  • Evaluating and supporting the AWESUM Camp
  • Computer Science education at a SSL STEM Center
  • Tutoring at Bennion Elementary
  • College preparedness mentoring at East High
  • Mentoring at Hser Ner Moo
  • Math tutoring for East High School students
2013–2014 Take Action Projects
  • Collecting/distributing school supplies to Title 1 elementary schools
  • Mentoring of high school students at Hser Ner Moo, a local refugee center
  • Mentoring students at Granite Park Junior High
  • College preparation mentoring at East High with ESL students
  • Math tutoring for East High School students
2012–2013 Take Action Projects
  • Volunteer support and enhanced education at The Living Planet Aquarium
  • Mentoring of high school students at Hser Ner Moo, a local refugee center
  • Weekly science lessons for Youth City
  • College preparation mentoring at East High
  • Math tutoring for East High School students
  • Between the 5 projects, 150 Westminster students volunteered for a total of 2,215 hours

Recognition Programs

Westminster College has often been commended for its extraordinary levels of service. The Center sponsors Service Learning Scholars to recognize the individual students who excel in their service.

The Dumke Center's Service Learning Scholars program recognizes our exemplary students balancing a demonstrable dedication to service alongside their academic schedule. The program recognizes students who exhibit a strong commitment to service, particularly those who have taken leadership positions in areas of civic engagement. Service learning scholars will all receive a certificate and special cords upon graduation.

What's changed?

In previous years, eligibility in the Service Learning Scholars program has been based on an hourly commitment to service. In order to recognize a broader group of involved students, the Dumke Center will offer a new application system for Service Learning Scholars, beginning with the 2017 graduating class. Students should now apply for the award during their final semester at Westminster. The evaluation has moved towards a holistic rubric so students who have been accepted will no longer be required to track or submit hours on a regular basis.

Are there any other requirements?

After completing the application and being selected for the award, you will be expected to:
* Attend the Dumke Center's annual Reflection Reception, where you can discuss your service experience with your peers while enjoying free food and doing arts and crafts.
* Complete a WOW Project, a creative expression of your service experience (e.g. an art project, a song, or whatever other creative/reflexive piece you can think of). Note- a paper will not qualify as a WOW project, there must be an element of creative reflection involved.

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