SOURCE Service Scholars Program
SOURCE is excited to announce the third year of the SOURCE Service Scholars (SSS) Program. SSS is a unique opportunity for students to make a long-term commitment to a Baltimore community-based organization (CBO) that is a SOURCE partner while receiving a $2,000 stipend. Scholars will receive training and guidance from SOURCE staff covering the following: service-learning theories and practices, project management, volunteer recruitment and management, and delivering and reporting on outcomes. Additionally, Scholars will engage in reflective practice throughout the program. These trainings will be delivered through the SOURCE Service Academy as well as one-on-one consultations with SOURCE staff. This opportunity is open to any student enrolled in the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health during the 2014-2015 academic year who has an interest in long-term service and community-based professional development.
SOURCE is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 SSS cohort! Applications are due by Wed, April 9th at 11:59pm (submission info found at the end of the application).
There are two ways that students can apply for acceptance into the SOURCE Service Scholars Program:
1. Apply for a SOURCE-identified project (recommended): Projects have been identified with SOURCE partners that are already approved to qualify as strong SOURCE Service Scholar projects. Applicants should review all pre-identified projects online and rank up to 5 top choices of interest. Applications will be reviewed, and top candidates for each project will be invited to interview with the CBOs.
2. Submit your own community project: We only recommend this option when a student has an existing partnership with a SOURCE partner CBO or officially recognized service-based student group. It is not advisable for students to cold call organizations with a project idea. The project must fulfill the criteria detailed here on our website (note: the timeline for student identified projects will differ from the pre-identified projects).
- Service Hour Requirement: Commitment to at least 150 service hours with partner organization over the course of the academic year.
- Summer Assignments: Scholars will be assigned readings and reflections throughout the summer leading up to their direct placement with community partners. Scholars are required to complete all readings and reflections by dates indicated throughout the summer.
- SOURCE Staff Advisor Meetings: Scholars must meet with their assigned SOURCE Advisor on a regular basis to discuss personal reflections, progress on their project and general experiences related to the service experience (the first meeting will take place at the completion of summer assignments).
- Scholar Reports: Scholars will be required to complete several written progress reports throughout the course of their service year.
- SOURCE Service Academy: Through a series of seminars and trainings, the SOURCE Service Academy will train Scholars in service project management, including: successful recruitment, retention and management of volunteers, principles of academic-community partnership, service-learning pedagogy and leadership for social change. Scholars will also be required to complete a variety of assignments and readings as part of the service academy. All Academy session dates are mandatory.
- Summer 2014: Remote online sessions
- Wed, August 27th, 2014: SOURCE Service Academy training #1
- Wed, Oct 8th, 2014: SOURCE Service Academy training #2
- Wed, Nov 19th, 2014: SOURCE Service Academy training #3
- Wed, Feb 18th, 2015: SOURCE Service Academy training #4
- Wed, April 22nd , 2015: SOURCE Service Scholars Celebration and Final Academy Session
- Volunteer Recruitment: Each Scholar will be required to recruit at least four additional JHU health professional students to work on the designated project throughout the year. The Scholar will act as the team leader and will implement volunteer management skills and service-learning pedagogy knowledge gained during Service Academy sessions.
- Final Presentations: Scholars will be required to present their projects and progress through a poster at the Year-End Celebration (Wed, Apr 22nd, 2015).
- $2,000 stipend
- Practical experience in service-learning theory and practice, project management, volunteer recruitment and management, fundraising, and program assessment and evaluation.
- Valuable professional development experience through the SOURCE Service Academy and mentorship with SOURCE staff.
- Community-based practical experience in the health field.
Potential project examples may include:
- Development and implementation of health-related curriculum or educational workshops
- Community outreach and public relations (e.g. building partnerships in the business community; developing social media outreach and marketing activities)
- Advocacy (e.g. designing/organizing awareness campaigns)
- Program design (If an organization has a new program that they would like to carry out, but don’t have the resources or time to do so, this could be their opportunity to get the ball rolling!).
- Service extension of the organization – This could be anything that is direct service where the organization would need volunteers for an extended period of time.
- Open to all students from the Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health who will be enrolled in courses for the duration of the 2014- 2015 academic year.
- Applications for current students will be due by Wed, April 9th at 11:59 pm to firstname.lastname@example.org (attach the application to an email with the subject reading SSS Application).
- Applicants should thoroughly review projects and rank their top 5 projects within the applications.
- An internal admissions team will review applications and will select the top 3-4 students to interview per project. Interviews will take place between Mon, April 14th–Fri, May 2nd. Applicants will be notified before April 7th about the organization with which they will interview.
- Final matching of projects will occur during the last week of April/the first week of May.
- Are you identifying your own project? Please note the following information:
- The project must be with a SOURCE partnering community-based organization or an officially recognized service-based student group. The list of SOURCE Partners can be found HERE.
- The application is the same document as for pre-identified project.
- The due date remains the same (Wed, April 2nd), but these students will not be required to interview with the organization as long as the CBO has signed off on the partnership and the project.
- SOURCE staff will follow up about the potential project and update the student and organization about the selection timeline.