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SOURCE FAQs

Services

What populations does SOURCE serve?

Can any student, staff or faculty member at Johns Hopkins University utilize SOURCE?

I am not affiliated with Johns Hopkins University; does SOURCE have services I can utilize?

How can I stay updated on new service opportunities from SOURCE community-based partners?

I am interested in volunteering with a specific organization. Can SOURCE help?

I am a student interested in joining a service-based student group. Is there a list of groups for my school?

Which community-based organizations are SOURCE partners?

I found an organization that interests me. Now what?

Where can I find information about academic courses where I can earn credit for community involvement activities?

Are there internships available with community organizations?

Are there Federal Work-Study opportunities with SOURCE or partnering community-based organizations?

I’d like to volunteer in a clinical setting.  Do these experiences exist?

Are SOURCE services only for students?         

I am a faculty or staff member. What services does SOURCE offer me?

What is the difference between community service and service-learning?  What are they?

Programs

What programs/classes does SOURCE support?

What programs does SOURCE coordinate?

Are there any paid community involvement experiences?

How can I find a scholarly opportunity to work in the community (for my capstone, scholarly concentration, required internship, etc.)?

Structure

Who works for SOURCE?

Does SOURCE have a governing board?

Does SOURCE include community voices in their leadership structure?

Can I apply to be on SOURCE’s governing board?

Guidelines

Are there general recommendations SOURCE offers for community service engagement?

Can I take photos at my service site?

Are there requirements for working with specific populations, such as youth?

For Community-Based Organizations

I work with a community-based organization. How do we become a SOURCE partner?

What happens after the application deadline?

What makes a community-based organization a good candidate for SOURCE partnership?

Does SOURCE partner with organizations outside the City of Baltimore?

The Baltimore Community

How can I learn more about Baltimore?

Services

What populations does SOURCE serve?

Johns Hopkins University SOURCE (Student Outreach Resource Center) serves two essential populations: (1) Partnering community-based organizations located within Baltimore City and (2) students, faculty and staff at the JHU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

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Can any student, staff or faculty member at Johns Hopkins University utilize SOURCE?

While the SOURCE website is a resource for all, specific SOURCE services and programs are dedicated exclusively to students, faculty and staff in the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

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I am not affiliated with Johns Hopkins University; does SOURCE have services I can utilize?

SOURCE does not dedicate services or resources to populations outside of Johns Hopkins University and our community-based partner network.

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How can I stay updated on new service opportunities from SOURCE community-based partners?

The best way to stay updated on all manner of service-oriented opportunities and news is to subscribe to the Scoop, SOURCE’s weekly service newsletter.You can access the most recent Scoop by clicking here and subscribe to receive an email version by emailing source@jhsph.edu with the subject “Subscribe”. Note: For subscriptions, SOURCE is limited to relevant populations only. If your email address does not indicate your affiliation with Johns Hopkins University, please include your affiliation in the body of the email.

You can also view SOURCE’s roster of partner organizations here.

For more detailed inquiries, you are encouraged to contact SOURCE directly at source@jhsph.edu or (410) 955-3880.

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I am interested in volunteering with a specific organization. Can SOURCE help?

Yes, provided the organization with which you seek to volunteer is in SOURCE’s community-based organization partner network, we can be a valuable asset as you seek to connect to a specific organization. SOURCE works with over 100 community-based organizations and dozens of student groups.

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I am a student interested in joining a service-based student group. Is there a list of groups for my school?

Yes. SOURCE offers a roster of officially recognized student service groups by school. For School of Medicine service-based student groups, click here.

For School of Nursing service-based student groups, click here.

For Bloomberg School of Public Health service-based student groups, click here.

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Which community-based organizations are SOURCE partners?

View SOURCE’s updated roster of community-based partners here.

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I found an organization that interests me. Now what?

Depending on the nature of your interest, one of two directions could be your best next step.You could contact the organization directly and let them know you were referred by SOURCE or you could set an appointment with SOURCE to learn more about the organization and ways students have successfully worked with them in the past. To set a meeting, email source@jhsph.edu

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Where can I find information about academic courses where I can earn credit for community involvement activities?

For SOURCE-supported courses in the respective Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, click here.

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Are there internships available with community organizations?

Many SOURCE partner organizations offer internships throughout the year. The best way to stay updated on internships is to sign up to receive the Weekly Service Scoop by emailing source@jhsph.edu with the subject “Subscribe”. You can also learn more about internships by clicking here.

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Are there Federal Work-Study opportunities with SOURCE or partnering community-based organizations?

Many SOURCE partner organizations offer Federal Work-Study positions. These positions are advertised in our weekly service Scoop newsletter. You can also click here for more information. Most positions are filled between July and October. 

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I’d like to volunteer in a clinical setting.  Do these experiences exist?

Due to the fact that clinical opportunities are only available under direct JHU faculty supervision, SOURCE does not coordinate clinical opportunities to volunteer in the community. You are encouraged to communicate with a faculty supervisor regarding what, if any, opportunities exists within your school.

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Are SOURCE services only for students?              

SOURCE happily offers resources and support services for faculty and staff as well as students in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health.

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I am a faculty or staff member. What services does SOURCE offer me?

As a faculty or staff member, there are numerous reasons why you may reach out to SOURCE. For example, we coordinate Tri-School Days of Service in both October and April every year and welcome you to participate. For more information on these large days of service, you can click here. Note that the linked page is updated only twice a year, within two months of the scheduled Day of Service.

You may also reach out to SOURCE to identify a partner and project for a departmental day of service or for questions about days of service. The best way to do this is by contacting SOURCE directly at source@jhsph.edu or calling (410) 955-3880.

SOURCE also offers specific opportunities for faculty, including support for your service-based academic course. You can view ways SOURCE can help with your course here.

SOURCE also offers a unique program for the development or improvement of service-learning courses through the SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program (FFP) where faculty receive training about service-learning pedagogy as well as curricular support and a stipend. Learn more about the FFP here.

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What is the difference between community service and service-learning?  What are they?

Community service is part of service-learning, but the “learning” component makes service-learning distinct. The learning component implies an important pedagogical tie to the experience where the in-classroom discussion and focus is shaped by the community service experience and vice versa. The learning takes place through guided discussions and reflections about the experience with supporting text that pushes students to think critically about the work they are doing in the community and dive deeper into the root causes of the social issue. Community service takes different forms as it could be one-time activities (e.g., working in a soup kitchen) or on-going engagement (e.g., tutoring and mentoring children from a local school). If these activities do not have a reflective discussion and classroom structure, they are not considered service-learning.

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Programs

What programs/classes does SOURCE support?

For SOURCE-supported courses in the respective Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health, click here. SOURCE also supports the Baltimore Community Practicum course at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Community Outreach Program at the School of Nursing. 

What programs does SOURCE coordinate?

HIV Testing and Counseling Program

Each year, SOURCE recruits and coordinates HIV testing and counseling training for a limited number of students for placement at community sites. Recruitment for this highly competitive opportunity takes place annually in August. At that time, we will provide an active link to the online application here.

What should I know before applying for this program?

Before applying, you’ll want to take time to thoroughly review the Program Participation Requirements.

What community clinics does SOURCE work with for the HIV testing and counseling program?

Current SOURCE community partner sites for HIV testing and counseling are STAR (Sisters Together and Reaching) and the Johns Hopkins Hospital Emergency Department.

How are the two sites different?

STAR has a mobile testing unit they use to go to various community locations, including hard-to-reach populations, college campuses and health fairs. The Hopkins ED offers services to all patients that come into the Hospital. Testing is encouraged but not required. This primary difference guides the nature of the outreach work in these environments.

How in-depth is the counseling?

The depth of the counseling will vary for each individual client. Volunteers are expected to promote healthy lifestyles while engaging clients in conversation about risk factors and behaviors including sexual practices and drug use. The mandatory training provides multiple scenario rehearsals and thorough exposure to the topics that arise during counseling sessions.

What happens if someone is HIV positive?

Volunteers do not provide referrals or post-test counseling. There are articulated alert protocols at each site in case of a positive test result.

How many people will I test in a shift?

This varies greatly depending on time of shift and location.

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SOURCE Service Scholars

The SOURCE Service Scholars (SSS) program is a unique opportunity for health professional students to make a long-term (academic year) commitment to a SOURCE partnering Baltimore community-based organization (CBO) or service-based student group while receiving a $2,000 stipend. Funding for this program is provided by JHU President Daniels’ office.

Scholars receive training and guidance from SOURCE staff covering the following topics: service-learning theories and practices, project management, volunteer recruitment and management, and delivering and reporting on outcomes. These trainings are delivered through the SOURCE Service Academy as well as in one-to-one consultations with dedicated SOURCE advisors.

The opportunity to become a Scholar is open to any student in the JHU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health during the relevant academic year that has an interest in long-term service and community-based professional development.

SOURCE recruits Scholars every March for the approaching academic year. During active recruiting periods, an online application can be found here.

View a comprehensive list of SSS specific FAQs here.

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Faculty Fellows Program

The SOURCE Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program (FFP) engages up to nine faculty members from across the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health for a one-year term as they become part of a JHU community of faculty who utilize service-learning pedagogy. Funding for this program is provided by JHU President Daniels’ office.

View a comprehensive list of FFP specific FAQs here.   

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Connection Community Consultant Project

The Connection exists to provide short-term consulting services to community-based organizations in Baltimore. Students with a range of experience work together for 4-8 weeks to prodcue specific deliverables for CBOs. To leanr more about the Connection, including a list of past projects, click here.

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Are there any paid community involvement experiences?

Most SOURCE-supported activities are unpaid. There are some opportunities that involve a stipend or other moderate compensation, including the SOURCE Service Scholars program and a range of scholarship opportunities. There are also occasional paid internships advertised from our partner network in our weekly service Scoop. To sign up for the Scoop, email source@jhsph.edu with the subject “Subscribe”.

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How can I find a scholarly opportunity to work in the community (for my capstone, scholarly concentration, required internship, etc.)?

Opportunities to engage in community-based scholarly work are organized by school here. This info is also carried in SOURCE’s Weekly Service Scoop. To add your email to the distribution list of this weekly newsletter, email source@jhsph.edu with the subject “subscribe”.

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Structure

Who works for SOURCE?

SOURCE’s full-time team consists of a Director, Associate Director, Assistant Director and Administrative Coordinator. Up to three Federal Work-Study students are also engaged at SOURCE over the course of an academic year. SOURCE also employs a Community Consultant on an as-needed basis. For a roster of current employees, click here.

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Does SOURCE have a governing board?

Yes, SOURCE is governed by a board consisting of faculty, staff and students from across the three Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health and the broader JHU network as well as representatives from SOURCE’s Community Council. For an updated roster of governing board members, click here.

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Does SOURCE include community voices in their leadership structure?

Yes, SOURCE partners with a representative Community Council to guide programs and initiatives. The Council is made up of 4-10 community-based organization leaders who meet regularly regarding SOURCE’s work in the community. Council members serve on a rotating basis.

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Can I apply to be on SOURCE’s governing board?

Yes, provided you are a student in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing or Public Health, you are eligible to be a SOURCE governing board member. Board positions are advertised in the health professional schools at the beginning of the academic year. As the academic year varies from one program to the next, our recruitment dates vary. The best way to stay updated on SOURCE’s board recruitment timeline is to watch for notices advertised through your school/class listserv. You may also contact SOURCE directly at source@jhsph.edu.

For faculty or staff inquiries, contact the SOURCE office directly.

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Guidelines

Are there general recommendations SOURCE offers for community service engagement?

Every community engagement opportunity is different and carries with it unique rewards and requirements. Even so, there are basic elements SOURCE has found to be valuable when volunteering. See these documents for some important items to bear in mind before you volunteer: Top Ten Tips for Volunteering Sensibly, Elements of Thoughtful Service, and The Do’s and Don’ts of Community Partnership.

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Can I take photos at my service site?

It depends. Every site is different in regard to whether they allow photos to be taken or not. If you plan to document your volunteer work at a site through photographs, talk to your community site contact in advance to ensure you are sensitive to their requirements and/ or prohibitions. If you are cleared to take pictures on site, visit this link to the JHU photo release waiver.  Note that all children being photographed must have a parent or guardian sign the release waiver.  If a parent is not able to sign the waiver, photos of the child’s face cannot be taken or used.  Volunteers should also be careful not to share unauthorized photos of children or clients on Facebook or other social media sites.

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Are there requirements for working with specific populations, such as youth?

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For Community Based Organizations

I work with a community-based organization. How do we become a SOURCE partner?

You are welcome to submit an application to be a SOURCE community-based partner at any time. Important information and an application can be found here.

Please note that we have two review deadlines every year: January 1st for all applications received between August 1st – December 31st and August 1st for all application received between January 1st – July 31st.

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What happens after the application deadline?

After submitting your application, SOURCE will contact you to learn more about your organization via a phone meeting. Once this meeting takes place, the governing board will vote on whether to coordinate a site visit. Info from the site visit will then be shared with the board again for voting on full partnership status. This process can take between 2-4 months total from the review of your application. Full details about the application and review process can be found here.

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What makes a community-based organization a good candidate for SOURCE partnership?

View SOURCE’s criteria for partnership here.

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Does SOURCE partner with organizations outside the City of Baltimore?

SOURCE maintains a focus on CBO partners in Baltimore City only.

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The Baltimore Community

How can I learn more about Baltimore?

Baltimore City provides a rich tapestry of challenges and solutions. From City data to maps to green services, you can get to know more about Baltimore by clicking here.

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*Do you have other questions? Email source@jhsph.edu or call (410) 955-3880 for answers.