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Monthly Archives: April 2011

Seed Grants

April 30, 2011
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Emerson students engage with Proyecto Boston-Medellín materials.

Every semester, the Emerson College Office of Service Learning and Community Action awards seed grants to professors. This funding (up to $700 per course) supports the creation of new service learning components within existing courses and fosters the development of existing service learning initiatives. Said associate director of the SLCA Suzanne Hinton, “While this funding…

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A “Service Superstar” Finds Her Calling

April 30, 2011
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Ashley Tarbet at the Cradles to Crayons Giving Factory.

When Ashley Tarbet arrived at Emerson College in fall 2005, the fresh-faced 18-year-old from Brockton wasn’t sure what she wanted to do. She flirted with the idea of becoming a lawyer in junior high but realized by the time she got to college that it wasn’t really for her. Tarbet picked Emerson because she loved…

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Alternative Spring Break 2011 – Boston

April 30, 2011
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Students on the 2011 ASB Boston Trip.

The Boston Alternative Spring Break (ASB) group served at the South Boston Boys and Girls Club and we spent our mornings volunteering either at 826 Boston or the Boston Food Bank, or visiting the St. Francis House. Although we had prepared prior to our trip, we were not sure what to expect, but once we got started it became clear that we would…

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Alternative Spring Break 2011 – NYC: A Reflection

April 30, 2011
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Students on 2011 ASB NYC trip.

After ASB NYC, I came away with one major realization: service needs to become a top priority in my life. Working with a number of soup kitchens, food pantries, and shelters in the city, I got to know the volunteers who have made service their entire lives and the people in need of their time.…

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Alternative Spring Break 2011 – Florida

April 30, 2011
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2011 ASB FL Participants at Henderson Beach in Pensacola, FL

It was nice stepping out of snowy Boston and into sunny Niceville, FL for our week of service— a week packed with volunteering that introduced us to issues in both the natural environment, and also in the community. Our week of service with Community Collaborations International took us in many directions. We began our trip by building…

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My Life in Jumpstart

April 30, 2011
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A Jumpstart Corps member works with a preschool student.

It’s 5:15 pm and a group of students walk into the Service Learning office. They have their hands full—mostly with posters, some artwork, and everyone has a meeting agenda. “Okay, let’s hear about the pluses and deltas from session today,” Meg Harwood says. She is the Team Leader for a Jumpstart team at Labouré Center in South…

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Washington DC: A Home Away From Home

April 30, 2011
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Group photo of students on the DC semester.

Washington DC is home to many things–a 19-foot marble statue of Abraham Lincoln, an extensive list of free Smithsonian museums, boutique shops that sell sweet potato cupcakes, the First Family, and, for every fall semester since 2007, a little more than a dozen Emerson juniors and seniors, testing out life as young professionals. Although Emerson’s DC…

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