SOURCE Service Scholars Program
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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 recognized service-based student group. Scholars receive a $2,000 stipend.
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 one-on-one consultations with dedicated SOURCE advisors. This opportunity is open to any student enrolled in the JHU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Bloomberg School of Public Health during the relevant academic year who has an interest in long-term service and community-based professional development.
If you are interested in applying to be a SOURCE Service Scholar, please view supported projects here. You can also submit an application with a project of your own, so long as it is with a SOURCE community partner. For a full list of community partners, click here. If you plan to work with a partnering student group, select and click on one of the following: School of Medicine student groups, School of Nursing student groups or School of Public Health student groups.
Important Application Notes
- Full instructions for submission are included in the application.
- Be sure to read the information on the first page of the application prior to completing.
- Potential Scholars must reach out to the organization they wish to work with before submitting their application to SOURCE.
- When contacting an organization, Scholars should include a cover letter, updated resume and indication that they'd like to learn more about the SOURCE Service Scholar position. ***Scholars must arrange an interview with the organization/ student group before submitting a Scholar application.***
- Service Hour Requirement: Commitment to 150 hours of service to the identified CBO over the course of 8-10 months.
- 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 for Coffee Chats to discuss personal reflections, progress and general experiences related to the service experience (the first Coffee Chat will take place at the completion of summer assignments).
- 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.
- Volunteer Recruitment: Each Scholar will be required to recruit at least four additional students to work on the designated project throughout the term. The Scholar will act as the team leader and will implement volunteer management skills and service-learning pedagogy knowledge gained during SOURCE Service Academy sessions.
- Final Posters: Scholars will be required to present their projects and progress at the Year-End Showcase (April 2014).
- $2,000 stipend
- Practical experience in service-learning theory and practice, project management, volunteer recruitment and management, and program assessment and evaluation.
- Valuable professional development experience through the SOURCE Service Academy and mentorship with SOURCE advisors.
- Community-based practical experience in the health field.
Potential project examples
- Development and/or 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 JHU Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Public Health who will be enrolled in courses during the relevant academic year.
- Once potential Scholars have interviewed with their preferred organization(s), they can submit the SSS application to SOURCE at email@example.com.