Changebuilders Community Engagement Certificate
Location: Madison, NJ
The Changebuilder Community Engagement Certificate is a year-long immersive experience sponsored by Drew’s Center for Civic Engagement and the New Jersey Campus Compact AmeriCorps ChangeBuilder initiative. Through guided reflection, skill-building workshops, and direct service benefiting under-resourced communities, Drew Changebuilders fulfill their commitment to a more just and humane society. At the same time, they actively explore their own goals and increase their ability to make a positive impact on issues and communities they care about.
Places available: 25
Supervisor: NJCC Americorps Changebuilder Community Engagement Coordinator
To apply for the Certificate Program link HERE.
In completing this certificate students will accomplish the following:
- Gain experience and self-awareness in engaging with diverse communities
- Set and meet personal goals for community service
- Practice applying knowledge and skills to a real-world setting
- Work effectively as part of a team to accomplish a goal benefiting a community outside of Drew
Certificate Program Requirements
To earn a Changebuilder Certificate, you will complete the following activities in a single academic year:
- Attend Changebuilders meetings and one-on-one consultations with the Changebuilder Coordinator. (approximately 6 hours)
- Complete required intention/reflection essays and final portfolio submission for immersive experience requirement (approximately 6 hours)
- Participate in three skills workshops from an approved list and complete reflections for each (potential topics included below) (approximately 4 hours)
- Complete and document at least 30 hours of community service benefiting communities and organizations outside of Drew (exceptions will be made for selected Drew-focused volunteering that addresses the needs of lower-resourced students).
Total minimum time commitment: approximately 46 hours
- Required introductory meeting and organizational training – What is Drew Changebuilders? How does participating in this program help you meet your goals?
- Individual consultations:
- Introductory meeting with the Changebuilder Coordinator allows for discussion of interests and goals, questions about the program, and for the director to obtain necessary information to identify service opportunities appropriate for the student.
- Monthly check-ins with the Changebuilder Coordinator to track certificate completion progress and provide mentoring.
- Required Changebuilder trainings related to volunteer work: (for example: working with minors, teaching ESL, maintaining confidentiality)
- Final reflection: Small group meetings with the Changebuilder Coordinator will guide students through the reflection process and share insights. Students will complete a two or three-page reflection on the meaning and impact of their community service, focused on how it met learning outcomes for the program and their personal and career aspirations, and how it helped them clarify their commitment to future civic engagement.
- Completion Celebration– the Certificate Award Ceremony takes place at the Center for Civic Engagement’s Award ceremony, where those who have completed the certificate requirements will receive their certificates.
Required Reflection and Portfolio Submissions
Students are required to maintain an eportfolio to document their experience. This portfolio will include:
- Initial statement of intentionality (in application form–see below)
- Final reflections (see above, under meetings)
- Revision of the final reflection into a document, photo, or video narrative for an external audience that includes photos and/or other artifacts from the experience.
Complete three Civic Skills Workshops (total of 4-5 hours) and a 150-200 word reflection for each workshop connecting it to one or two of the following transferable skills: Collaboration, oral communication, interpersonal communication, engaging difference
Completion of these workshops and other training offered by Drew Changebuilders will allow you to identify and strengthen the skills necessary to effectively engage with communities within and outside of campus. Topics vary by semester but may include:
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Event planning/project management
- Professional communication
- Conflict Resolution
- Transferable skills: highlighting community service on your resume
- Post-graduate resources to lead civically engaged lives
Engage in a minimum of 30 hours of community service and document your activity. Examples of common service opportunities include:
- Tutor students from low income and immigrant communities.
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen, food pantry or other organization addressing food insecurity
- Participate in service activities sponsored by a Drew club such as the Drew Honduras Project, Volunteers Without Borders, or other campus service clubs/organizations
- Participate in Drew’s MLK Day of Service and/or 9/11 Day of Service
- Assist with Habitat for Humanity builds
- Join a park, trail, or beach cleanup
- Participate in an Alternative Break trip
NOTE: If you are unsure whether a particular activity will count toward the CB Certificate, request verification by the Changebuilder Coordinator and the Center for Civic Engagement. Email your request with a short description to email@example.com.
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