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Metro Detroit Summer of Service
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7/15/2008 to 7/31/2008
When: July 15-17, 22-24, & 29-31
1 PM - 5 PM
Where: SE Oakland County
Contact: Casey Janowski


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Summer of Service 2008
 
AmeriCorps alumni who volunteer just 3 or 4 hours per day for three consecutive days will have a unique opportunity to share their service experiences with 8th graders.  Please RSVP to receive more information about becoming a volunteer in this project.
 
Summer of Service is a campaign to engage more young people in service during the summer months.  The Summer of Service initiative recognizes the potential of all youth to contribute in meaningful ways to the communities in which they live through volunteer service. According to recent research, youth who are involved in their communities through service do better in school, engage in fewer risky behaviors, have a better sense of themselves, and feel more empowered to make a difference in their own lives than youth who do not participate in volunteer activities.

 

Target Audience:  Young people who are transitioning from 8th grade (middle school) to 9th grade (high school) during the summer of 2008.  During the pilot project, up to 25 youth will be accepted into each program week.

 

Location:  Community-based organizations in Oakland County.  The program activities will take place in Royal Oak Township, Pontiac and White Lake, but young people and volunteers from across Metro Detroit are invited to participate.  Programming will be centered in school districts that require community service hours for high school graduation, and that commit to accept Summer of Service hours toward that requirement.

 

Structure:  The Summer of Service pilot project will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons (2 PM to 5 PM) for three weeks in July, 2008:

 

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

15

Week #1;

Day 1

Royal Oak Township

16

Week #1;

Day 2

Royal Oak Township

17

Week #1;

Day 3

Royal Oak Township

22

Week #2;

Day 1

Pontiac

23

Week #2;

Day 2

Pontiac

24

Week #2;

Day 3

Pontiac

29

Week #3;

Day 1

White Lake

30

Week #3;

Day 2

White Lake

31

Week #3;

Day 3

White Lake

 

Each week will be hosted by a different community organization, and will focus on a specific issue to be addressed through service.

 

Educational Approach:  Participants will explore these issues through an experiential learning process that emphasizes these key elements of service-learning:

·        engaging youth in planning the service activity;

·        having youth reflect in an organized way on their service in the context of the skills or concepts learned;

·        engaging youth directly with the recipients of service; and

·        ensuring that youth may serve up to 27 hours in direct service activities.

 

Volunteer Leadership:  AmeriCorps alumni and current corpsmembers will serve as program facilitators and project leaders.  Through these relationships, the program participants will gain additional knowledge about National Service opportunities and the AmeriCorps education award.

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