Food Pantry

A great thing about Mount Union is that they provide education not only in the classroom, but also through real life experiences. Whether it’s in the exercise science department and you have to act as their personal trainers or if you’re in my American Family course and you have to volunteer for a certain amount of hours throughout the semester. Tomorrow, I’m working at the food pantry downtown to help some needy families gather the food they need.

There’s a lot of ways to get involved in the community. And, not just in the city, but in the entire Northeastern Ohio region, including Youngstown and Cleveland. The faculty members at Mount hook you up by sending out weekly emails – Ennouncements – with information about opportunities to volunteer, available scholarships, internships and even chances to study abroad.Being a little smaller (in student population) than other schools allows for a greater concentration on the individual, and it’s really special here how professors get to know you and will personally help you get involved in whatever it is you’re trying to get involved in!

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  • kj says:

    At Kingsborough, I run a service-learning program for my students – something similar to what you do. They have to take what they learn in my course and apply it in the field. So, first we study how to do outreach, home visits, group presentations, group facilitation, legislative advocacy, built-environment change, educational materials development, etc. as ways to facilitate healthy behaviors. Then the students have to earn ten points – 20% of their grade – by going out into the real world and working in an organization where they do one or more of those activities. Then they reflect on the experiences and talk with their colleagues about what they learned in the real world that the books didn’t cover or what the books did cover, etc. At first they hate it because they have to find the places to do the work – though we have projects on campus – like a Healthy Homes/Healthy Families Expo for which they can do a little bit of everything – but afterward, they seem to love having done it. You can’t really tell until the end of the semester when they give their talks – the trick is to see through any BS and make sure they really did the work. 90% of the time they have and are glad they have.

    kj

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