The five Community Engagement Fellows and two Cook Community Engagement Fellows students will spend 35 hours each week working with an assigned not-for-profit organization. On Wednesday evenings they will gather for dinner and to discuss their experiences, as well as common readings. Friday afternoons will be spent as a group participating in other enrichment activities to strengthen their understanding of social issues in the Charlotte area.
The Ada Jenkins Center would like to make available a Spanish Literacy Program for clients because the ESL program is not helpful for people who have not learned to read or write in their native language. The Fellow will develop the program and will make recommendations for resources required to move the program forward. This will include materials, childcare, calendar scheduling and research into similar programs that are available to avoid duplication of services. The Fellow will also examine how to collaborate with OLAS, the student group already partnering with Ada on ESL classes.
Students enrolled in Inspire the Fire are challenged to take a social justice issue to champion through the arts. The Fellow will assist "Hope Coaches" with team builders and group discussions for the students who are ages 10-21. The Fellow will also organize community service activities and will collaborate with "Firelighters" to execute fundraisers. When not working in these roles, the Fellow will develop social media and videos for the organization.
Speak Up was founded in 2011 as Charlotte's only street magazine. The Fellow will fill a variety of roles including designing and distributing information about the magazine to homeless residents of Charlotte in order to advance the homeless vendor program and to connect vendors with needed social services. The Fellow will also be given an opportunity to develop an online version of the print magazine and to design social media, as well as grassroots marketing efforts. Finally, the Fellow will collaborate on a design for a 2014 social justice wall calendar.
Sow Much Good (SMG) was founded to eliminate socio-economic, racial, and ethnic health disparities that result from a lack of access to nutritionally dense food products in marginalized populations. The Fellow will be involved in all aspects of the organization's farm sites and production garden. The Fellow will be integral to established daily operations and new initiatives such as the formation of a seasonal, weekly CSA, community cooking and nutrition education events as well as donor and fund development activities such as Farm to Table and other special events.
CFCR provides intervention for protection of individual rights and expert research, policy and community planning for all children. The Fellow will manage newsletter communications and the development of the annual grant strategies plan. The Fellow will research and write relevant stories through interviews with staff and volunteers. The Fellow will use secondary data and their own perspective on creation of a plan to communicate with grantors.
Two students are intentionally placed with organizations that have Christian, faith-based missions. These positions were made possible through the generosity of the Cook Family.
The Urban Ministry Center is working to build the women's Street Soccer team. The Fellow will help in that process, as well as coaching team members as they join. This role will involve more than playing soccer and will including teambuilding exercises, relationship building and support for needs ranging from connection to services to resume writing and job searching.
Barium Springs runs a summer day treatment program in additional to their year-round residential programs. The Fellow will plan and run activities in the program using the Family Teaching Model and will assist in skill building and behavior modification. The Fellow will also complete aftercare documentation and detailed mental health notes at the end of each day.