In its first full year of existence, administrators with the Center for Civic & Urban Engagement have worked diligently to form community partnerships. The 13 interns in 2009 – twice the number from a year ago – have worked closely with those community partners on projects that directly relate to the center's strategic initiatives: renewing the core and the creek, strengthening after-school programs, preparing for Future Jobs, envisioning a greener Springfield, and improving housing quality.
The public is invited to attend this presentation, which is scheduled to last until approximately 11:30 a.m. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask specific questions about the projects and about the interns' experience living and working in Springfield at the conclusion of the presentation.
"This internship program was designed with two goals in mind: to immerse Wittenberg students in the Springfield community and to take part in projects that will both enhance their educational experience and provide valuable resources to our partners," said Stephanie McCuistion, administrative director of the center. "This presentation will demonstrate to Wittenberg's commitment to playing a key role in advancing community initiatives while showcasing the fine work of a dedicated group of young people."
The community partners involved in the projects included Project Jericho, GEAR-UP! and WorkPlus Center. The internship program was made possible by grants from the Virginia W. Kettering Foundation, Security National Bank, the Springfield Foundation, the Della Selsor Trust, the Walter S. Quinlan Foundation, and Wallace and Turner Insurance.
Written by: Ryan Maurer
Photo provided by the Center for Civic & Urban Engagement
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