Nine Case Western Reserve students will spend Wednesday, July 15, devoting a day of volunteer service to several nonprofit agencies in Cleveland. The overall objective is to help them become more intimately connected to the community's needs, which will hopefully encourage them to remain in town and become part of the region's revitalization efforts.
Ignite Internship Initiative: Day of Service 2009 includes the current Civic Engagement Fellows, as well as students from the Cleveland Foundation, the Cleveland Hillel Foundation, Summer on the Cuyahoga Cleveland, and City Year. They will work at various locations doing projects such as neighborhood beautification and food distribution at a local pantry. Afterward, all of the students will meet up to reflect on the day's activities.
"At the core, all of these programs are attempting to attract young people to the region by showing them Cleveland's assets and engaging them in the community," says Angela Schluchter, student service coordinator with the university's Center for Civic Engagement and Learning.
The Civic Engagement Fellows program, which runs through July 31, also includes weekly seminars on topics ranging from social justice to Cleveland's heritage and diversity. The nine fellows will write a paper and create a final presentation about a relevant community topic.
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