"Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education."  
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

January 19, 2021
Spring 2021: What will service look like?
While our traditional service drives won’t be running this semester, our community engagement work will be continuing virtually. It is important now more than ever to think about how we can nurture a spirit of community, shared responsibility, hope, and connection so that we can truly be men and women with and for others - everyday.

There is much you can do to make a difference in the lives of others. Our community partners need you now more than ever - even virtually!

We have a host of virtual service opportunities available for you, including:
  • service-learning courses,
  • voluntary weekly service opportunities,
  • advocacy opportunities,
  • community-building projects,
  • weekly community engagement challenges.

Many of our service opportunities will be held through Zoom and other online platforms where you will be working directly with members of the community.

Be sure to also read our E-newsletter each week for all the latest news and opportunities from CSSA. Our weekly challenges and one-time opportunities are a good introduction to service for those who have never tried it before. These service activities are open to JCU students, staff, faculty, and administration.

Explore our online registration system, GivePulse, to explore and learn about opportunities that will keep you engaged and connected to the community this semester!
Get Ready to Register: Spring 2021
Service and GivePulse!
Get Involved! Weekly service is a ten-week commitment over a semester and works with your schedule! Engage in a wide range of activities serving children, youth, senior citizens, people experiencing homelessness, refugees, people with disabilities, and more.

For students in a service-learning course:
  • Registration opens on Tuesday, January 19 at 9:00 am
  • Registration closes on Tuesday, January 26 at 5:00 pm

For students interested in voluntary weekly service:
  • Registration opens on Wednesday, January 27 at 9:00 am 
  • Registration closes on Friday, January 29 at 5:00 pm

Do not miss your chance to register for service! To learn about, view, and register for available activities during these first two weeks, visit CSSA’s online registration system, GivePulse during your registration window!
Questions to Ask Yourself

  • Am I doing service for a course? If so, what is my professor’s requirement?
  • Why am I interested in doing service?
  • What issues/causes interest me? 
  • What population do I want to work with?
  • Do any service sites or activities relate to my career goals?
  • What is my availability?

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 virtual Service Advising Cafe!
Volunteers Needed!
Be a Part of CSSA's Online Lobo Learning Lab
As part of CSSA's virtual weekly service opportunities this semester, we are engaging with our community partners through our JCU Lobo Learning Lab, an after-school virtual hub for learning adventures & creative engagement for students grades K-12. The Lobo Learning Lab is a space for children to experience exciting and educational virtual after-school programming led by JCU students. JCU students will be developing engaging lesson plans and activities each week to keep children engaged and connected. Lend your time and creativity to this unique opportunity!

We are looking for JCU students to be weekly Lobo Learning Lab volunteer participants. Connect with, tutor, and engage with K-12 students in this weekly service opportunity! Grab a friend and be Lobo Lab leaders! Register now at our online registration system, GivePulse!
Need some help determining which weekly service placement will work best for you? Zoom in to one of our Virtual Service Advising Cafes this week or next week and meet with peer student advisors who can assist you and answer any questions!

Check the schedule below to speak to a peer service advisor and ask all of your questions about service!

Email service@jcu.edu with questions
Tuesday, January 19
Wednesday, January 20

Thursday, January 21

Monday, January 25
Wednesday, January 27
12:30 - 5:00 pm
2:00 - 5:00 pm
7:00 - 8:30 pm
10 am - 2:00 pm
4:45 - 6:00 pm
4:45 - 6:00 pm
2:00 - 3:00 pm
Zoom Meeting ID: 953 9480 0514  
Zoom Meeting ID: 920 4648 4217  
Zoom Meeting ID: 930 4970 7773 
Zoom Meeting ID: 926 9312 7200 
Zoom Meeting ID: 920 6881 6582  
Zoom Meeting ID: 910 4995 6826  
Zoom Meeting ID: 932 7244 7366  
Congratulations to the Fall 2020
Assessment Drawing Winners
We had a phenomenal response rate this year for our Fall Student Assessment of Service and Service-learning, and we would like to thank all students who provided their invaluable feedback to CSSA!

Four students who participated were randomly selected to receive a $25 Chipotle Gift Card. Congratulations to our winners:

  1. Sierra Taylor: TRS 337 51/52 (Globalization Theology & Justice) Stevens, Krista - LMM Current Events
  2. Angelo Pizzedaz: AR 150A 51/52 (Arrupe Scholars Social Action Intro) Tcheurekdjian, Sydnia,ER 120 1/51 (Poverty and Social Entrepreneurship) Grippen, Carl - Fatima Family Center and Famicos
  3. Julia Davis: PL 204 51 (Informal Logic) Kaye, Sharon - St. Francis Philosophy
  4. Mary Moran: PS 455 51 (Child and Adolescent Psychology) Masterson, Tracy - Building Hope in the City

Stop by CSSA in AD-32 between 8:30 am - 5:00 pm to claim your gift card, or provide us your mailing address and we can send you your gift card!
We are looking for applicants who embrace the JCU mission of being men and women for and with others! As a CSSA representative, Student Liaisons serve as peer service leaders as they facilitate a positive service experience for their fellow JCU students. This paid position allows you to do all this and gain professional experience! Federal Work Study eligibility is required. 

Do you embrace the JCU mission of being a "man or woman for others?" Do you enjoy participating in service and interacting with other students and the community? You can apply to be a student liaison too!

Responsibilities include:
  • Participating in the service activity
  • Serving as a CSSA ambassador for the community partner
  • Spring 2021: Hosting and facilitating service activities through Zoom

Click HERE to read more and apply!
Questions? Contact CSSA at service@jcu.edu
Looking for a Federal Work Study Opportunity this Spring? Tutor for Carroll Reads!
Carroll Reads is a federally-funded tutoring program aimed at helping children in elementary grades develop reading skills. If you are looking for a paid federal work-study position, this is a great opportunity to work with children in the community. This semester, all Carroll Reads tutoring will be held online through Zoom.

Responsibilities include:
  • Conducting virtual one-on-one tutoring sessions with students using educator-provided materials.
  • Building rapport and cultivating enthusiasm with the children.
  • Assisting children in developing their reading and writing skills to reach grade level expectations.
  • Weekly documenting and reviewing student data with the Carroll Reads Site Coordinators to gauge the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Regularly checking in with Carroll Reads Coordinators and Student Liaisons for continued training and assistance in tutoring.

Send Blake Yoho an email at carrollreads@jcu.edu or give him a call at 216.397.6283
to learn more.

Look for us on Handshake to apply! JCU students must be eligible for Federal Work Study to apply. Applications are open NOW!
Apply for a 2021 JCU Summer in the City Internship!
Build advocacy skills, engage in community-based research, and explore Cleveland through an internship with CSSA's 2021 JCU Summer in the City Internship Program!

  • Regular Application Deadline: Sunday, January 31, 2021 at midnight (informed of your status on February 19, 2021)

The JCU Summer in the City Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to engage the issues of homelessness, advocacy, service, solidarity, and social change through this internshipNine paid 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, paid immersive experience will place students with a nonprofit community organization in Cleveland involved in advocacy work addressing 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 $3,500 stipend for their work. Internships are open to all sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduates and graduate students.

Visit THIS LINK for more information about the JCU Summer in the City Internship!

Questions? Email service@jcu.edu
Should you apply? Find out why from past interns!

Explore our Summer in the City Internship Showcase website and hear from 2020 Summer Interns and explore their work, placement, and experience.
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Our #MyMagisMessage for the week comes from CSSA Student Liaison, Lilian Lebednick, a senior Supply Chain Management major and Psychology minor from Farmington Hills, MI! Lilian has served with Fatima Family Center for Afterschool Tutoring, St. Martin de Porres High School for Philosophy Tutoring, Eliza Bryant for Saturday Games Day and Spa Night, and YouthAbility for Exercise Class.

If you had to state your life mission off the top of your head, in one sentence, what would it be?
"To create the best version of tomorrow by being kind to myself and others today."

Service puts the Magis teaching into practice. Many find that painting a woman's nails or teaching a child how to subtract to be simple, basic, and not life-changing. But when you leave a service site, you've not only changed that person's life, but you've changed yours as well. The Magis is doing more for others so you can grow into yourself.

I've partaken in service every semester since freshman year and it has had the greatest impact on my John Carroll experience. Service has given me the opportunity to work with diverse groups of people, bond with other students, and take responsibility as a leader. I have learned something from every person I've met. Sometimes it's little lessons like be prepared, pay attention, and stay motivated. However, the biggest lessons hit harder - to take responsibility for your mistakes and become a better person through them.

If I made a mistake yesterday, yesterday's me is still me. I am who I am today with all my faults. The goal for tomorrow is to be a tiny bit wiser, and that's me too. I have many faults and I have many fears, but I am going to embrace every day as a challenge to use them for the better.
Tuesday, January 19 .... Spring 2021 Classes Begin
Tuesday, January 19 .... Registration Opens for Spring 2021 Service-Learning Courses | 9:00 am
Tuesday, January 26 .... Registration Closes for Service-Learning Courses | 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 27 .... Background Check Fair #1 | 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Wednesday, January 27 .... Registration Opens for Voluntary Weekly Service | 9:00 am
Friday, January 29 .... Background Check Fair #2 | 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Friday, January 29 .... Spring Service Registration Closes for All Students  | 5:00 pm
Sunday, January 31 .... Regular Application Deadline for 2021 Summer in the City Internships
February 1-5 .... Pre-Service Workshops and Orientations
Tuesday, February 2 .... Virtual Celebration of Service Awards Ceremony | 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 6 .... First Day of Spring 2021 Service
Sr. Katherine Feely, SND, Ed.D  | Director |   kfeely@jcu.edu   | 216.397.1966
Heather Craigie | Assistant Director, Student Development & Logistics|hcraigie@jcu.edu |216.397.6233
John Jackson  | Assistant Director, Community Partnerships | jnjackson@jcu.edu  |  216.397.1662
Carolina Kane |  Marketing Specialist |  cxkane@jcu.edu | 216.397.2024
Amy Bartter  |  Administrative Assistant |  abartter@jcu.edu  |  216.397.4698
Blake Yoho '22G  | Graduate Assistant |  byoho22@jcu.edu | 216.397.6283
JCU Center for Service and Social Action
Administration Building | AD-32
216.397.4698 |  (f) 216.397.1661

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