River City Community Center Benefits from Purdue Grants!

2019-2020 fellowships awarded for Purdue-community partnerships

Purdue’s Office of Engagement in partnership with the United Way has selected five community agencies and 12 Purdue partners for its 2019-2020 Service-Learning Fellows and Sustaining Service-Learning Fellows programs. These fellowship programs foster the development and institutionalization of service-learning courses and curricula, projects, and scholarly pursuits at Purdue, strengthening collaborative efforts in our community.

To apply, Purdue faculty and graduate students propose service-learning courses responding to needs expressed by community partners. This process is innovative among community engagement programs, which often have faculty lead the program process; Purdue’s program puts community needs, as articulated by the community partners themselves, first.

Purdue and community partners will collaborate over the next year to connect student learning goals to desired community outcomes, set a course calendar, and assess student work. Each partnership receives up to $4000 grant to fund their project.

This year’s sponsored projects include a community health needs assessment, youth leadership program development, financial planning workshops for young professionals, community housing data analysis, and a marketing plan for local conservation efforts.

The 2019-2020 Service-Learning Fellow and Sustaining Fellow awardees are:

HomesteadCS’ Financial Planning Project, Marie Morse, Executive Director

In partnership with Bob Kenley, Associate Professor of Practice, Industrial Engineering

Northend Community Center’s Youth Educational Programming Project, Joey Wright, Pastor

In partnership with Alankrita Chhikara, Graduate Student, Curriculum and Instruction and Adegoke Adetunji, Graduate Student, Curriculum and Instruction

In partnership with Jason Ware, Clinical Assistant Professor, Honors College

River City Community Center’s Community Programs and Services Needs Assessment & 412 Leadership Academy Project, Terry Gilbert, Community Center Director

In partnership with Laura Schwab Reese, Assistant Professor, Health & Kinesiology and Andrea DeMaria, Assistant Professor, Consumer Science

In partnership with Susan Modlin, Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing and Tera Hornbeck, Continuing Lecturer, Nursing and Meg Sorg, Visiting Clinical Assistant Professor, Nursing

Wabash River Enhancement Corporation’s Marketing, Education and Outreach Project, Shannon Stanis, Watershed Coordinator

In partnership with Christi Eden, Continuing Lecturer, Communications

City of Lafayette Good Data, Good Decisions Project, Adam Murphy, Homeless and Community Outreach

In partnership with Elizabeth Geib, Graduate Student, English and Carrie Grant, Graduate Student, English.

River City Community Center is thrilled to be included in this grant. “We are so pleased to have the partnership of a world-renowned university working alongside us as we develop these community-focused initiatives,” said Robby Bradford,

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