Student leadership, provided by Program Coordinators (PC), is central to all CPS programming. Students find voice and the power to find solutions for issues that are important to them -- educating, challenging, and encouraging their peers to continually explore community work, advocacy, and change.
THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR EXPERIENCE:
Program Coordinators are hired to work with specific agencies and/or projects, allowing for the development of strong partnerships. PCs have responsibility for providing ongoing student involvement to their partner agency through developing and implementing projects, and supporting volunteers through education and reflection.
Ongoing Dialogue and Training:
Through Fall Training, bi-weekly staff meetings, a mid-year retreat, and advisee meetings, PCs are able to continue learning about local and global issues as well as develop professional skills and personal direction.
FOUR AREAS OF LEARNING:
Community partnerships, the core of Center for Public Service programs, strive to be mutually beneficial - fulfilling both a community-identified goals and providing a learning experience for students. Program coordinators serve as liaisons between the Adams County and campus communities to ensure a solid partnership.
Program Coordinators are organized into Learning Circles, which provide the opportunity to share and draw on the knowledge and experience of fellow student leaders, engage in discussions, and develop a support network with one another.
Program Coordinators support student volunteers through education, training, reflection, communication, logistical coordination and the fostering of community/campus partnerships.
Program Coordinators have the opportunity to connect with community, develop professional skills, and find a supportive environment to discover their voice in social change.
Kate Sweetland-Lambird '10 came to Gettysburg knowing she would get involved with the College's Center for Public Service (CPS). What she didn't know was that community involvement would prove to be a transformational experience, both for her and for children in Gettysburg. Read the full story!