WMU Service-Learning

December Newsletter

What's in this issue?

  • Community Partner: The Ark
  • Last Month Highlight: Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Community Breakfast and Award Ceremony
  • Staycation Application

Community Partner: The Ark

The Ark Services for Youth is a crisis prevention center that helps youth and their families who struggle with developing strong and healthy relationships by creating positive and achievable goals for the future. With their 21-day program, The Ark is able to provide temporary shelter for runaway and at-risk youth while creating a hopeful future through their programs and services.

This year is the first year the Office of Service-Learning has worked with The Ark Shelter. Service-Learning students are able to help this shelter and make a direct impact on these youths. Partnering with The Ark gives them the opportunity to take personal action to make the Kalamazoo community a place where all people can live their lives with hope, confidence in themselves and a supportive community. Students have participated in several hands-on projects for The Ark and will continue to work with them until the end of the semester.

If you're interested in getting more involved with The Ark and their service, visit their website below.

Last Month Activity: Cheff Therapeutic riding Center

Community Breakfast & Award Ceremony

Friday, Jan. 29th 2016 at 10am-1pm

Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo, MI, United States

Kalamazoo, MI

The Service-Learning Community Breakfast and Award Ceremony for all current and potential Service-Learning students, faculty and community partners is coming up quick! This celebration is an opportunity for prospective service-learning students to get a better understanding of service-learning at WMU.

The ceremony will present Richard Szwaja, a dedicated faculty member, to explain the significance of service-learning at Western. Current and past service-learning students will share their personal experiences with a poster presentation of their projects. A light catered breakfast will be available while attendees share ideas with one another.

One student, faculty member and community partner will receive an award for their commitment and passion for service-learning. You decide who the award recipients will be. Who have you seen do an outstanding job for service-learning this year? Make sure to take a few minutes and nominate your dedicated peers on our website by December 1!

Spring Staycation!

Want to continue your service-learning experience at WMU? The Spring Staycation is a five-day program that provides an opportunity for WMU students to learn about social justices, such as mental illness and teen violence, and experience related service projects.

Each day will start with a focus on a social justice topic, including speakers, panelists, and interactive simulations. In the afternoon, students will interact with the Kalamazoo community and take part in related service-learning topics.

There is no cost to participate, and free breakfast and lunch are provided everyday. Registration is now open! Click here to go to our website and download the registration for today!