" Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.   ." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Interested in Voluntary Weekly Service? Registration Opens Tomorrow!
Weekly service is a great way to get involved, meet new people and make a difference ! Choose from a wide range of service opportunities including tutoring children, mentoring high school students, engaging with senior citizens and getting to know those experiencing homelessness. Weekly service is a ten-week commitment over a semester, works with your schedule, and transportation is provided!

For students interested in voluntary weekly service:
  • Registration opens on Wednesday, January 22 at 9:00 am 
  • Registration closes on Friday, January 24 at 5:00 pm

Do not miss your chance to register for voluntary weekly service! To learn about, view, and register for available activities during these first two weeks,  visit  CSSA’s online registration system , GivePulse f rom 1/22-1/24!
Service Advising Cafes - Last Chance to Attend
There are only  two more dates  to attend a  Service Advising Cafe!  Need some help determining which weekly service placement will work best for you? Meet with peer student advisors who can assist you and answer any questions!

Advising will be held in one of the following locations: 

  • AD-32 outside the CSSA Office, on the lower level of the Administration Building across from Einstein's Bagels
  • The LSC Atrium in the Lombardo Student Center
Check the  schedule below  and attend a cafe to speak to a peer service advisor, grab a snack, and ask all of your questions about service
Tuesday, January 21
Wednesday, January 22


10:00 am - 4:00 pm
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm* (LSC Atrium)
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Service-Learning Students, Check Your
Service Requirements!
Are you in a service-learning course this semester? Did you recently register for service?

Make sure to check your  JCU email  to find out how to  complete your service requirements . You received an email with details and instructions when you registered on   GivePulse.

All students doing weekly service must register for a Pre-Service or Service 2.0 Workshop.

Pre-Service Workshop - Students who are  new to service   at JCU  must attend a Pre-Service Workshop the week before service begins.

Service 2.0 Workshop - Students who  completed the Pre-Service Workshop in a previous semester  must attend a Service 2.0 Workshop. A wide variety of options are available to fulfill this requirement.
Still have questions? Stop by the CSSA Office, AD-32, on the ground floor of the Administration Building across from Einstein's Bagels, email   service@jcu.edu , or visit a Service Advising Cafe!
Deadline Extended for CSSA's 2020
Summer in the City Internship Program
The deadline to apply for the 2020 Summer in the City Internship has been extended to next Thursday, January 30!

The Summer in the City Internship  opportunities cover the topics of  homelessness, advocacy, service, solidarity and social change.  Nine internships will enable qualified students to explore the systems and structures behind many of the current social issues of our times.  This ten-week, full-time, immersive experience  will place students with a  community organization in Cleveland  involved in advocacy work to address these social issues. Students will use their internship experience to prepare a research project for the organization that promotes social change. Interns also receive a stipend for their work. Internships are open to all  undergraduate and graduate students.

Need more information? Contact  service@jcu.edu   or visit t he  Summer in the City webpage  HERE

Interested in applying?  CLICK HERE!
Tutor for Carroll Reads Early Literacy Program
Carroll Reads  is a federally-funded tutoring program aimed at helping children in grades K-3 develop reading skills. If you are looking for a  paid work-study position,  this is a great opportunity to work with young children in the community.  

Responsibilities Include:
  • Conducting one-on-one tutoring sessions with students using scripted STEP literacy materials provided by CSSA
  • Assisting children to improve their reading skills and abilities to reach grade level expectations
  • Documenting each students’ weekly progress
  • Regularly reviewing student data with the Carroll Reads Site Coordinator to gauge the effectiveness of the literacy intervention
Placements still available at: 

  • Marion-Sterling Elementary PM: M/W 11:50 am - 2:10 pm
  • Shoreview Elementary: T/R 9:00 am - 11:30 am

For more information, contact Blake Yoho at   carrollreads@jcu.edu , stop down to room  AD-32,  or call  216.397.4698!
Look for us on Handshake to apply! JCU students must be eligible for Federal Work Study to apply. Applications are open NOW !
Mark your calendars for Ignatian Heritage Week from January 26-31, 2020! The Office of Mission and Identity invites you to join the JCU community in celebrating Ignatian Heritage Week, January 26 – 31, 2020. We celebrate by “Imagining A More Just World”. Some events you may consider attending are listed below.

Sunday, January 26th: Ignatian Heritage Week will begin with 9:00 PM Mass at the Church of the Gesu, followed by a dessert reception

Tuesday, January 28: Celebration of Service Award Ceremony - 4:00 pm, Dolan Center Muldoon Atrium

Wednesday, January 29: Ignatian Heritage Exhibit Scavenger Hunt - 3:30 pm, D.J. Lombardo Student Center Murphy Room

Wednesday, January 29: Murphy Mass and Pizza - 9:30 pm, D.J. Christi Ignaut Chapel of St. Peter Faber, S.J. - Murphy Hall

Thursday, January 30: Lunch and Lecture "Ignatian Imagination and the Call to Justice" - Noon, D.J. Lombardo Student Center LSC Conference Room

Registration is required for these events. To see the full schedule for the week and to register, click  HERE.
Applications Open for a CEEP Fellowship for 2020!
The Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP) is funding a fellow to assist with  voter engagement at JCU.  The fellow will work with JCU staff to lead voter registration, education, and engagement on campus in preparation for the 2020 elections. The fellow will receive a $500 stipend for the position. CEEP provides an orientation, training support and guidance. The position is for  spring 2020 with the potential of extending through Fall 2020.

To learn more or apply, click  HERE
Save the Date: Get LIT! A Lecture by Nic Stone
What is “literacy,” why do we need it, and how do we truly obtain it? Exploring the history of English literacy, and expanding on the simplified definition (“The ability to read and write.”) Nic explains how true literacy is about effective communication, and has the power to change an individual's life, while also creating a more equitable society. Nic Stone is the bestselling author of young adult novels that explore race, sexuality, and romance with powerful honesty and captivating storytelling. Her debut novel, the New York Times-bestselling Dear Martin, is inspired by a series of true events involving the shooting deaths of unarmed African American teenagers. Her second book, Odd One Out, is an honest and touching depiction of first love that explores gender and teenage friendship with tenderness and compassion.
Date: Wednesday, January 22
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: LSC Conference Room, Lombardo Student Center
Contact csdi@jcu.edu for more information
Save the Date: The 20th Annual IRTF
Social Justice Teach-In
Click HERE to view the 2020 flyer
The Interreligious Task Force in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University presents this day of workshops and speakers as an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical local, domestic, and global justice issues. Facilitators may not only present empirical data, but also engage community members through art and storytelling.

Date: Saturday, February 8
Time: 11:00am - 3:30 pm
Location: CWRU Tinkham Veale Center

Contact Heather Craigie for more information
Follow us on Instagram!
CSSA is excited to have a brand new  Instagram account! Follow us  to get the latest news from CSSA, hear about upcoming opportunities, get reminders about service, hear from our featured students about service, and to learn about all of the great things happening in the Center for Service and Social Action! 

Follow  @jcu_cssa  on  Instagram   NOW to join the fun!
Our #MYSERVICESTORY for the week comes from Delaney Burns, a junior Early Childhood Education major from Columbus, OH!

At which service sites / community partners have you served or been a student liaison?
I have served at Carroll Reads at St. Francis and St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary Schools, Youth for Justice at St. Thomas Aquinas, Urban Community School Social Entrepreneurship, and The Intergenerational School Tutoring.
Fun Fact! I want to write a book!
“In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know the chemical makeup of chemistry… Know what you know, and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.” –Maya Angelou

"At JCU, service often becomes a part of the schedule, written into the plans for a lot of students. As semesters go on, and busy weeks pass by, riding along to service in the John Carroll vans can become very routine. Serving at a site, which for me in this case was elementary school tutoring at The Intergenerational School, becomes normal. Myself and 6 other girls buzz into the doors on your average Monday morning. We enter through the hallways and almost always turn the wrong way or question which way to go to get to the rooms we need to in the building, even after weeks of coming there. Once we sign in and put on our name tags, then we are good to go select students to work with from our various assigned classrooms. We pull child after child into our little reading room, asking them about their day and what books they like to read, and where they’d like to sit during our time together. We ask if they’d like to have the book read to them or if they would like to read to us. We cater to them. Partially because they deserve the choice, but also because we don’t know. We don’t know who can read and what they can read and it’s unpredictable.

One thing the other tutors and I are always astounded by is the unknown of what each child is capable of. Sometimes the smallest one reads us the chapter book. Or the one who was misbehaving in class is snuggled up next to us just soaking in the time where they get to have someone read to them. And I think.. And I reflect.. And I question.. Just like the other girls and I question our route to the classrooms each week. I question how these children got here. How they each have their own journey. How they learn. How they function. Who they are. It’s beautiful that we’re all a little different, that there is no predictability. It keeps us on our toes and gives us the capacity to keep growing and growing AND growing (even when and especially if we don’t want to). It challenges us to think outside of what our typical thoughts might lead us to believe. I think this is what it means to be a mentor, a tutor, or a participant in service. It doesn’t mean you have all the answers. But it means you care. You think of that individual you are with and you are open to the surprises that they bring and the joy that the two of you can share. And you keep questioning. You think about how they have gotten to where they are, but you savor the moment you are in. You pay attention to what you can do for them, but you are also open to the lessons they may teach you in the process. You stay aware of what you know about each person and how they struggle but you challenge yourself to not put limits on what they can accomplish. It’s a balancing act.. as are most things in life. But the most important part is that you care. And that you love. Love is so important. And as we drive away from another semester of service and we close out our time, I still reflect on this. On how different each child was. On the questions and the surprises. And I let myself be in awe of this experience. I let myself be in awe of the fact that I simply just care -- and that’s enough."
Each week  we feature stories of students who have made service a cornerstone of their JCU experience. Complete the form below to show us how you #ServeCLE!
We’ll share your story  on social media and in our weekly e-newsletter. If you’re a CSSA student liaison, you’ll earn points for your mentor group!

Submit your service story at  https://jcu.edu/myservicestory
Tuesday, January 21 .... Registration Closes for Service-Learning Courses | 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 22 .... Registration Opens for Voluntary Weekly Service | 9:00 am
Friday, January 24 .... Spring Service Registration Closes for All Students  | 5:00 pm
Friday, January 24 .... Background Check Fair #1 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
January 26 - 31 .... Ignatian Heritage Week
Monday, January 27 .... Pre-Service Workshop #1 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm
Monday, January 27 .... Tutor Training Tips Workshop #1 | 3:00 - 3:30 pm
Monday, January 27 .... Pre-Service Workshop #2 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Tuesday, January 28  .... Celebration of Service Award Ceremony | 4:00 pm - Dolan Atrium
Wednesday, January 29 .... Pre-Service Workshop #3 | 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 29 .... Background Check Fair #2 | 1:00 - 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 30 .... Applications Due for the 2020 Summer in the City Internship Program
Thursday, January 30 .... Pre-Service Workshop #4 | 3:30 - 4:30 pm
Thursday, January 30 .... Tutor Training Tips Workshop #2 | 4:30 - 5:00 pm
Thursday, January 30 .... Pre-Service Workshop #5 | 5:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 1 .... First Day of Spring 2020 Service
Sr. Katherine Feely  |  Director |    kfeely@jcu.edu    | 216.397.1966
Maryellen Callanan  |  Associate Director |    mcallanan@jcu.edu   |  216.397.2022
Heather Craigie |  Assistant Director, Student Development & Logistics| hcraigie@jcu.edu  |216.397.6233
Lisa Morde |  Assistant Director, Student Engagement & Data Mgmt |  lmorde@jcu.edu  | 216.397.6227
John Jackson  |  Assistant Director, Community Partnerships |  jnjackson@jcu.edu   |  216.397.1662
Pam Zangara  |   Administrative Assistant |   pzangara@jcu.edu   |  216.397.4698
Carolina Kane |  Administrative Assistant & Marketing Specialist |   cxkane@jcu.edu  | 216.397.2024
Josefina Moreno '18, '21G  |  Graduate Assistant |   jmoreno18@jcu.edu  | 216.397.6283
Blake Yoho '22G  |  Graduate Assistant |   byoho22@jcu.edu  | 216.397.6283
JCU Center for Service and Social Action
Administration Building | AD-32
Monday-Thursday, 8 am - 8 pm | Friday 8 am - 5 pm
216.397.4698 |  (f) 216.397.1661

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