Purchase College students are reaching out to community organizations as they work on building, beautification and after school programs.
Each month during the next year they will work on specific projects as part of a college service-learning program which places students as volunteers with community organizations. The program is run by the Office of Student Life.
For September, as part of Hispanic Heritage Month, students worked on projects that impacted the Latino community. Twelve students worked on landscaping projects at the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, a residential school for underprivileged children. Another group organized games and activities as part of the after school program at the Port Chester Carver Center.
In October, 50 students will work on renovation projects for a school in the Bronx. As participants in New York Cares Day they will paint a mural in various locations in the school, landscape an outdoor garden, renovate and clean the school library, paint classrooms and doorways, and organize school book rooms.
Service-learning is a teaching method that incorporates community work into the curriculum, thereby giving students real-world experience in their field while meeting pressing community needs.
The impact of service-learning is enormous. It improves academic achievement, workforce readiness, develops problem-solving skills, and helps students to become responsible leaders in their professions and their communities.
Purchase College is a participant in Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,000 college and university presidents dedicated to serving the public good. The organization has seen student service soar as campuses make service-learning and other forms of community engagement a priority. Last year students at Campus Compact schools contributed $7.1 billion in service through campus-organized programs.