Courses

Project Community is the Sociology Department's principal community service learning opportunity. It is comprised of two courses: Sociology 225 is the entry level course available to all students (first-years through seniors); Sociology 325 is the course taken by the course’s Peer Facilitators (PFs), most of whom have been recruited from our SOC 225 students.

Participating students earn academic credit by reflecting with a sociological lens on service-learning experiences in education, criminal justice, public health, or community development settings. Students gain skills and perspective through a variety of experiences within these settings, including tutoring in a public elementary school, facilitating weekly debates or creative writing groups with jail inmates or prisoners, and community-organizing to help stop violence in Darfur. (A complete list of volunteer sites is available below and on the LSA Course Guide site, under SOC 225.)

Why Should I participate in Project Community?

Most students who participating in Project Community register for the course SOC 225. This course, known as a service-learning course, is an ideal experiential complement to the regular academic instruction provided by Department of Sociology faculty. It can be a useful tool for getting acquainted with the “real-life” applications of sociology or a meaningful capstone for an upper-level student who has already completed several SOC courses. Participants develop and hone communication skills and make meaningful connections and contributions to Ann Arbor and metro-Detroit communities.

Students interested in a more in-depth involvement in the program can apply to be a Peer Facilitator.  Peer Facilitators take Sociology 325 - a more in-depth course where students learn leadership and facilitation skills.  These students participate on-site with the other Project Community students, but the lead the weekly discussions connecting the courses readings to what students are experiencing in their community service placements.

How Does The Course Work?

In a typical academic year (Fall + Winter terms), about 300 students enroll in Sociology 225, and about 30 peer facilitators register for Sociology 325. 

Sociology 225 averages 18 sections in any given term, with most sections corresponding to one community partner. Students select a SOC 225 section based on their interest in working within a particular population. Each week, the students in each section volunteer with their community partner for 3-4 hours, and then meet with each other for 1.5 hours to discuss the readings assigned for that week, their experiences at site, and the relationship between the two. Students are guided in these discussions by their peers, other undergraduates who have volunteered before and are completing or have completed a semester-long facilitation training course (SOC 325). Peer facilitators shape weekly 90-minute seminars into interactive sociological discussions, encouraging participants to solve problems and build  networks within a particular community or population.

Typically, there is one peer facilitator per section, though sometimes two small sections at related sites (e.g., Men’s and Women’s Prison sections, which are each capped at 4 by the prison) will meet together with a single Peer Facilitator. Occasionally, a large section will be co-facilitated by two Peer Facilitators.

The sections are organized into four Program Areas: Education, Public Health, Criminal Justice, and Gender & Sexuality.  All Peer Facilitators in each program area meet once a week for 1.5 hours with the GSI responsible for that program area.

In addition to training, supporting, and grading the work of the Peer Facilitators, the GSIs grade and provide feed-back on the Soc 225 students' mid-term papers and grade their Community Action Projects. 

The faculty director of Project Community, Ian Robinson, is responsible for the academic content of both Soc 225 and Soc 325.  He works with the GSIs in order to coordinate the training of the Peer Facilitators and grades the Peer Facilitators mid-term and final papers.  He is responsible for assigning grades for Soc 225 and Soc 325 students.

Regular credit exclusions and limitations apply for sociology concentrators.

Email pcinfo@umich.edu for more information.

 

What's the Time Commitment for SOC 225?

The requirements for students in SOC 225 are as follows:

  • Do the readings for each week;
  • Go to site for 3-4 hours each week;
  • Meet with the other students in their section, and their PF, for 1.5 hours per week;
  • Send their PF a 2 page journal entry each week;
  • Write the mid-term paper / exam for their GSI;
  • Develop and implement a Community Action Project (CAP) in cooperation with other SOC 225 students in their section and with the support of their site contact;
  • Submit short individual and group reports on the CAP to their GSI; and
  • Fill out the on-line SOC 225 student entry and exit surveys.

Sociology 225 Course Information

Sociology 225: Practicum in Sociology (Experiential) is offered in Fall and Winter terms on a mandatory Credit/ No Credit basis. There are sections available for 2, 3, and 4 credit hours. However, please note that each section has a determined number of credits, which cannot be modified by the student. The course may be repeated for credit for a maximum of 8 credits. Up to 4 credits of SOC 225 may be included in a concentration plan in Sociology.

Students may choose from one of four program areas:

  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Criminal Justice

Requirements of the course include attending a 90-minute weekly seminar, participating in relevant community service at a designated site for approximately 4 hours each week, and completing all reading and writing assignments and/or projects. Each section has a different community service site with unique needs and possible service times. Descriptions of each section, including the community service times, are listed on this page. If a section requires an override, or permission to register, the description will indicate how to start that process.

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg staff.

There are no course prerequisites to SOC 225. A combined total of eight credits of SOC 321, 324, 389, 394, 395, and 396 may be counted toward a concentration in Sociology.

Waitlist Policy: People will be given permissions to join the class from the waitlist on a first come first serve basis.

If you have questions, contact Project Community (pcinfo@umich.edu or call 734.764-6324). In your email, please give the name and number of the section about which you are inquiring.

Fall 2014 Community Sites

Section 100 – ED: Thurston Elementary

In this section, students will meet during the school day to assist teachers and staff with students at Thurston Elementary School, a K-5 Ann Arbor public elementary school. Students will spend some of their time assisting lunch staff with elementary students during their lunch and recess. Students eat with the students at lunch and, then, accompany them to lunch recess, where they help engage the students in fun, healthy, and safe outside recess activities. Most of the students' time will be spent assisting teachers in the classrooms with specific students, small groups, or even circulating to assist the whole class with projects and work. Students may help with a variety of activities in the classrooms, such as reading, math, science experiments, and art projects. Students who have special interests or skills, such as sports and games, leadership, music, art, or foreign language abilities, are encouraged to share these with Thurston students. Students will be expected at site approximately 4 hours each week, (not including 10 minute drive time each way). Site times are from 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday-Friday.

 

NOTE: Students in this section will be required to complete a background check before they will be permitted on site.



Section 101 – ED: Pittsfield Elementary

In this section, students will work with children at Pittsfield Elementary School in Ann Arbor. Primarily students will be placed in a classroom, under the direction of that room’s teacher. Responsibilities may include: running reading groups, working with groups of children on class projects, math tutoring, and one-on-one instruction with children experiencing difficulty with the schoolwork. Opportunities are, also, available for students who want to utilize Spanish-speaking skills (Pittsfield Elementary is home to a significant Spanish-speaking population), work in the art room, teacher consultant room (with students with special needs) or to work in the media center with small groups of students on computers or media activities. Students interested in these specific opportunities should convey this information to their facilitator on the first day of class. Students will be required at site for 4 hours each week between 8:48am-3:42pm, Monday-Friday.

NOTE: Students in this section will be required to complete a background check before they will be permitted on site.



Section 102 – ED: America Reads

This section is intended for students earning work-study hours as America Reads (AR) tutors. It will explore the current dilemmas facing the U.S. educational system, teach students to critically reflect on their regular interactions with elementary youth, and relate site experiences to the text material. The tutors will be asked to assess what they observe in their community work, what could be improved to create more effective learning environments, and how these changes could be made.

NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is capped at 8 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Overrides are given by Erin Byrnes (ekbyrnes@umich.edu), Director of America Reads, when a tutor applicant is hired. Because America Reads tutors are also earning a wage for their time at their site placements, participation in SOC 389: 102 is for 2 credits as opposed to 3. However, students will paid for 12-13 hours of work a week.  Students have four blocks of times to choose from:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays from Noon - 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to Noon, or Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon - 4:00 p.m.  For more information on this site opportunity, and to apply to be a tutor, please visit http://ginsberg.umich.edu/americareads/.



Section 103 – ED: Latino Family Services

Latino Family Services (LFS) is a community agency that provides and coordinates comprehensive human services to residents of Wayne County with a particular emphasis on its Latino residents. Students in this section will be working with LFS in Detroit to assist students (K-11grade) in an after-school program focused on academic assistance, mentoring, and recreational activities. Students will be expected at site one day each week.

 

Site times are Tuesdays-Thursdays from 2:30-7:00pm (includes driving time), with some Friday options, as well. Please allow ample driving time (approximately 1 hour each way). For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.latinofamilyservices.com/.

NOTE: Students with Spanish Language skills are encouraged to register for this section.

Students enrolled in Project Community, who have valid driver’s licenses, are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.


Section 107 – ED: Burns Park Elementary

Students will work in Burns Park Elementary, a school very close to the UM campus, with students who have difficulties with reading, writing, and math due to at-risk factors, special education qualification, or cultural/language difficulties. They will work one-on-one, with small groups, or with whole classrooms of children from kindergarten to fifth grade on basic skills and school habits. Project Community students, in this setting, serve as role-models and mentors as well as being tutors to the students. There are also opportunities for students with bi-lingual skills. The school population is culturally diverse and has a large number of involved parents. Students will be expected at site for 4 hours each week. Site times are between 9:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday. The site would prefer students to do two 2-hour shifts, but one long shift can be accommodated. Also, the site would prefer not to have volunteers 11:30am-12:30pm daily, if avoidable. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://burnspark.a2schools.org/burnspark.home/home.

NOTE: Students in this section will be required to complete a background check before they will be permitted on site.


Section 108 – ED: Carrot Way Community Center

Students in this section will help to develop and implement children's programs at residentially-located community centers with Avalon Housing, an affordable housing organization in Ann Arbor. During the after-school program, students will help the young residents of the Avalon community (ranging K-8 grade) with homework and, then, participate in an outdoor walk or arts and crafts activity. Opportunities are also available for students to take initiative with other programming interests. The participating children go to school in the Ann Arbor Public School system.

Students in this section are expected to be at site once a week. The after-school program runs from 3:30-6:30pm Monday-Thursday, with priority given to having volunteer coverage on Tuesdays-Thursdays. Students will need to sign up for their regularly scheduled volunteer day on the first day of class. Additionally, students need to attend an initial orientation that will be scheduled at the beginning of the term when all or most of the students are able to come, so the date is flexible; however, it is likely to occur on a weeknight from about 6:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.  To allow time for traveling to and from site, students should be available 3:00-6:00pm on their selected day of service.

NOTE: There is no website available for this site option. Students enrolled in Project Community, who have valid driver's licenses, are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.


Section 111 – ED: Carpenter School

Participants in this section will work with Carpenter Elementary school students in classrooms. Students will primarily assist in school homework club with reading, arithmetic, and other assignments. Site visits occur Monday through Friday between 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in two to four hour shifts. Students are responsible for volunteering for completing up to four service hours each week.

NOTE: Students in this section will be required to complete a background check before they will be permitted on site.


Section 112 – ED: Peace Neighborhood Center

Students in this section will work with elementary age students as Afterschool Program Assistants for the Peace Neighborhood Center REACH Afterschool Tutoring Program located at the Maple Meadows Community Center in Ann Arbor. Peace Neighborhood Center is a local non-profit whose mission is to provide programs for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. Students will assist with tutoring, mentoring, and with other activities as determined by the Peace Center staff.

Students are responsible for volunteering on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Students should allow for driving time, beginning at 3:30 p.m. on the days they volunteer. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.peaceneighborhoodcenter.org/  

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.


Section 115 – ED: Urban Debate

Participants in this section will work with high school students and teachers to support and facilitate debate teams in Detroit schools. Currently debate teams in Detroit schools are experiencing difficulty with budget-cuts and short staffing, curtailing important educational opportunities for students to learn public speaking, taking both sides of an issue, and vital research skills. Students in this class will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of high school kids by allowing urban debate teams to compete and grow. Students with a strong interest in debate are encouraged to register. Prior debate experience is preferred but not required. Students will be expected at site once a week; the exact times and days to be determined at the beginning of the term. Most times are after the high school day (starting at 2:30 or 3 pm) on any weekday. Students will work out a specific meeting time and day of the week with their coordinating teacher shortly after registering for the class. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.detroitdebate.org/ Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.



Section 117 (NEW) - ED: 826michigan

826michigan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. With a variety of volunteer opportunities available to fit even the busiest of schedules, there is a place for everyone! Project Community students will be able to tutor at locations in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, work in our in-school programs in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit, or assist with our theatrical creative writing field trips held inside the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair shop located on Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor. This experience will offer students real-world, hands-on experience working with young people in the field of education, and they will assist students with cultivating their creativity and encouraging expression.

Student opportunities are as follows:

  • After-school tutoring in Ann Arbor runs M-Th from 3:30-5:30. Students could choose one or two days a week to consistently tutor.

  • After-school tutoring in Ypsilanti runs M-Th from 5:30-7:30. Students could choose one or two days a week to consistently tutor.

  • Creative Writing Field Trips, which take place at our Ann Arbor location, run Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am-12pm. Students could come to either or both.

  • In-school Residencies take place in at our partner schools in Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, and Detroit. Students would choose one particular residency which would last about two hours on a particular day of the week to participate in.

Students must to fill out the online volunteer application prior to registering for the course (http://www.826michigan.org/get-involved/volunteer/). Students should note in the application that they will be volunteering through Project Community. In addition to the online application, students are required to answer the following question in 1-2 paragraphs: Why do you want to volunteer at 826Michigan? Responses must be emailed to Frances Martin. Additional training for volunteering with 826 programs will be coordinated through the PC instructor. The application process also includes a background check.


Section 200 – PH: University Hospital/University of Michigan Health System

Students in this section will participate in community service learning within the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), with locations on and off campus. Medical experience is not needed, but students will need to be comfortable initiating interactions with patients. Students will assist patients and hospital staff as appropriate. On nursing floors, tasks might include visiting with patients, transporting patients, answering call lights, joining families in waiting areas, and responding to floor staff or patient needs. In special units such as the Emergency area, Rehab, Trauma Burn, the Cardiovascular Center and others, volunteer tasks will vary according to need. Some students may be placed within C.S. Mott Children's Hospital or the Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital, for example in Pediatric occupational/physical therapy, a cancer treatment playroom, and providing bedside visiting and comfort. Overall, the hospital staff is very supportive of the program and will provide orientation sessions to help you learn more about your individual placement. An important asset is a sense of ease and warmth with others, as well as the ability to initiate discussion and laughter. In addition, students should be prepared to observe and think critically about the experiences of patients within this health care system. Please note that this is not a doctor-shadowing program.

 

Students are required to complete 40 hours of service over the course of the term AND to continue to volunteer an additional term (the terms do not have to be consecutive) to meet standard requirements for volunteering at the UMHS.

 

Additionally, students are required to attend an Information Session and a General Orientation.

Information Sessions are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014                    10:00-11:00am

Tuesday, September 2, 2014                    4:30-5:30pm

Wednesday, September 3, 2014            6:30-7:30pm

 

General Orientation dates are listed on the Volunteer Services website at www.med.umich.edu/volunteer

General Orientation Sessions are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, September 11, 2014                4:00-6:00pm

Wednesday, September 17, 2014          4:00-6:00pm

Monday, September 22, 2014                  4:00-6:00pm

Thursday, September 25, 2014                4:00-6:00pm

 

After attending an Information Session, each student should contact Volunteer Services at 734-936-4327 NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 to set up his/her individual interview, stating that he/she is with the Project Community volunteer group. Any student with an incomplete application packet will be asked to re-schedule his/her appointment. Weekly site placements and times will be established at the interview with UMHS Volunteer Services.

 

NOTE: First-year students (freshmen) may not volunteer at the hospital during their first term because of Volunteer Services policy, so they may not enroll in this section of Project Community.

 

NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is capped at 7 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Students who are interested in this section should send an email to pcinfo@umich.edu for permission to register no later than August 25, 2014 in order to be approved and sign up for the required information session and orientations. After permission has been given, names will be sent to UMHS Volunteer Services, so please be sure of your commitment to taking this course when requesting an override.

 

After you receive this verification, you must go online to www.med.umich.edu/volunteer to download and print the Volunteer Application and Interview Checklist. Any questions about these forms and requirements should be directed to UMHS Volunteer Services at umhs.volunteer@umich.edu. All of the materials must be assembled and completed before your interview appointment with UMHS

 

NOTE: Proof of a measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination and a varicella (chicken pox) vaccination MUST be provided at the time of the interview.

 

NOTE: If the above procedures for contacting the hospital are not followed BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, you will be asked to drop the class. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.med.umich.edu/volunteer.



Section 203 – PH: HIV/AIDS Resource Center

Students in this section will focus on HIV/AIDS education through community outreach, bar outreach, testing, and office coverage, coordinated by the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) in Ypsilanti (representing all of Washtenaw, Jackson, Lenawee, and Livingston counties). Students will have a choice to volunteer with an outreach van that is located throughout the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community several times a week, in the office, or at the testing clinic. Please note: Students who volunteer with the outreach van are responsible for meeting it at its locations. Students will be expected at site for at least 4 hours each week. Site times are generally 9am-5pm Monday-Friday with additional evening and weekend hours available to be negotiated with the site.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will be screened to determine their level of commitment by the facility during training. Any student who is not serious about their interest in volunteering at HARC is strongly encouraged to select another section.

NOTE: Students are encouraged to get a TB and Hepatitis B vaccination, but it is not required.

NOTE: Students participating in this section MUST attend a 1-day HARC volunteer orientation and training on a Saturday TBD from 8am-5pm. Students who are unable to attend this training will be unable to participate in this section. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://hivaidsresource.org/.



Section 204 – PH: Shelter Association of Washtenaw County

The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC), located in Ann Arbor and housed in the Robert J. Delonis Center, is dedicated to serving adult individuals experiencing homelessness by addressing basic human needs — such as emergency shelter, food, healthcare and clothing while assisting them in their effort to establish or increase income, save money and find sustainable housing. Over 1300 individuals are served at the SAWC each year.

Students in this section will work with the Shelter Association in nearly every aspect of the Shelter's services, including serving breakfast to residents, offering resources and information to clients,  assisting staff with laundry, answering the phone in the service center (our 24 hour floor), etc. More importantly, as student volunteers you will help to create a safe and caring environment where listening empathetically and talking to the clients are at the core of the clients' and volunteer experience alike.

Students will be expected to volunteer on site for an average of four hours each week. Shift lengths vary (1-1 ½ hours, 1-2 hours, 2-4 hours, 2-5 hours). All shifts run between 6:00am-11:00pm seven days a week. Times can be arranged according to the students' schedules.

NOTE: In order to participate in the program, students must attend mandatory volunteer orientation on a date TBD, though, historically, on a Saturday morning. You must also give the facilitator your email address on the first day of class in order to receive training information. Students who are unable to attend the training will be unable to participate in this section. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.annarborshelter.org/.

NOTE: Prior to volunteering, all students will be required to sign a Pledge of Confidentiality and completed screening form.

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.


Section 300 – PH: It’s Great to be a Girl – FEMTORS

It's Great To Be a Girl (IGTBAG): FEMTORS is a University of Michigan initiative. In this section, undergraduate women volunteer as feminist mentors (Femtors) to work with girls at local area middle schools as part of the IGTBAG program. The IGTBAG program was designed by Carole Lapidos and Sally Wisotzkey as a continuance of their "Raising Strong and Confident Daughters" workshop for parents. The co-founders' hope was to provide adolescent girls with positive women role models to help them through their tumultuous middle school years. Chosen femtors organize and facilitate workshops over the course of ten weeks to build the confidence and expand the knowledge of the girls.

The four major areas addressed are friendship, teasing and harassment, body image, and dream building. This program is a great opportunity for women interested in providing mentorship to a diverse population.

Students will be expected at site from 2:00-4:00pm on Tuesdays. (Please allow an additional 20 minutes each way for transportation.)

NOTE: Femtors will be required to attend training that will occur on campus during the first 3 meetings at the Student Activities Bldg. on the UM Campus. Training dates for winter semester for femtors are: Tuesday, January 14th, 21st, 28th from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. on each day. To meet the 4- hours per week requirement, students will be doing curriculum planning and developing resource materials for adolescent girls and their families. Volunteers will start in the school on February 4th.

NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is capped at 6 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Students should contact Carole Lapidos directly at (734) 936-1055 or email at lapidos@umich.edu  for permission to register, and for additional information about the Femtors program. A face-to-face interview is required. Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


Section 402 – CJ: Gus Harrison Prison (Men) Creative Writing

Students in this section will work in teams to lead creative writing workshops at the Gus Harrison South Correctional Facility, located in Adrian on a weekly basis. The facility is a minimum-security prison that houses adult male prisoners. At the prison, students will help inmates enhance their writing skills and creatively communicate their ideas. Students will be required to submit weekly creative writing assignments as well as fulfill other course requirements. In addition, the group will complete an anthology of inmate writing at the end of the semester that will be distributed to the participants at the prison. No previous experience is necessary. Students will be expected to go to site on Tuesday evenings 5:30-9:30pm (includes driving time).

NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another in a different program area. Email pcinfo@umich.edu in order to request an override for this section. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.

Section 404 – CJ: Washtenaw County Jail (M&W) Creative Writing

Students in this section will work at the Washtenaw County Jail, a facility for adult offenders, located in Ann Arbor approximately 10 minutes from campus. This section will be conducting creative writing seminars for male or female inmates in minimum-security blocks. No former creative writing experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and an open mind! Students will be expected to bring and share ideas to plan and facilitate the creative writing workshops.

MEN’S Section: Students will be expected at site 6:15-8:15pm on Mondays . Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:45pm on Mondays. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter. There are only four available seats in this section to attend site visits on Monday's.

WOMEN’S Section: Students will be expected at site 6:15-8:15pm on Tuesdays. Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:45pm on Tuesday. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter. There are only four available seats in this section to attend site visits on Tuesdays.

NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another section in a different program area. Email pcinfo@umich.edu in order to request an override for this section. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.



Section 406 – CJ: Washtenaw County Jail (Men & Women) Art Workshop

Students in this section work at the Washtenaw County Jail exploring art by creating and speaking about art and the artistic process with men or women that are facing imprisonment. This section is designed to use art, usually drawing, as a humanizing tool to stimulate dialogue with people that are experiencing incarceration. Students will use art to encourage self-reflection, self-expression, and hope. While students that sign up for this section are not required to have an extensive art background, students skilled in art are strongly encouraged to register for this course. An important component of this course includes mandatory  participation and facilitation of a weekly in-service class located at the Washtenaw County Jail.

MEN’S Section: Students will be expected at site 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesdays. Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:30pm on Tuesdays. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter.

WOMEN’S Section: Students will be expected at site 6:00-8:00pm on Monday's. Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:30pm on Monday. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter.

NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another section in a different program area. Email pcinfo@umich.edu in order to request an override for this section. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.

 

 

Section 409 (NEW) - CJ: Washtenaw County Youth Center

Students in this section will work with the Youth Arts Alliance! (YAA!), a five-county collaborative arts project which serves youth who are in residential treatment and detention services at Jackson County Youth Center in Jackson, Maurice Spear Campus in Adrian, Washtenaw County Youth Center in Ann Arbor, Monroe County Youth Center in Monroe. Additionally, YAA! offers youth involved with the Livingston County Juvenile Court community-based workshops in Howell. YAA! offers vulnerable and marginalized youth creative workshop opportunities to encourage, support, and celebrate their artistic talents and social development. Students will be facilitating creative arts workshops, utilizing YAA!’s extensive hands-on curriculum of visual arts, creative writing and theater activities. They will be equipped with the essential tools in the initial training.

 

Workshops will require students to dedicate 90 minutes per week for on-site time; additional responsibilities (such as administering online youth surveys) will require an additional 30 minutes-1 hour per week plus travel time.  The fall workshop schedule will be available in late summer before the semester starts.  Workshops take place in evening hours, typically 6:30-8pm.

 

The application process includes completion of this link: http://bit.ly/VO1DQe and students are required to go through the DHS clearance process as well as an iCHAT background check which is generated through the information provided in the application.  Students will be required to attend a three-hour initial YAA! training in September as well as an intermediate training (as needed).

Winter 2014 Community Sites

All sections of SOC 389
• 100 - Thurston Elementary School
• 101 - Pittsfield Elementary School
• 102 - America Reads: Issues in Literacy
• 103 – Latino Family Services
• 107 - Burns Park Elementary School
• 108 – Carrot Way Community Center
• 111 – Carpenter School
• 112 – Peace Neighborhood Center
• 115 - Detroit Urban Debate Education
• 116 – SOS After School Program
• 200 - Univeristy of Michigan Hospitals
• 203 - HIV/AIDS Education
• 204 – Shelter Association of Washtenaw County: Homeless Outreach
• 208 – Project Healthy School: Health Ambassadors
• 300 - It's Great To Be a Girl: Femtors
• 301 - MBODY
• 304 - Planned Parenthood
• 402 - Prison (Men): Creative Writing
• 404 - Jail (Men and Women): Creative Writing
• 406 - Jail (Men and Women): Art Workshop

100 - Thurston Elementary School 
In this section, students will meet during the school day to assist teachers and staff with students at Thurston Elementary School, a K-5 Ann Arbor public elementary school. Students will spend some of their time assisting lunch staff with elementary students during their lunch and recess. Students eat with the students at lunch and then accompany them to lunch recess where they help engage the students in fun, healthy, and safe outside recess activities. Most of the students' time will be spent assisting teachers in the classrooms with specific students, small groups, or even circulating to assist the whole class with projects and work. Students may help with a variety of activities in the classrooms, such as reading, math, science experiments, and art projects. Students who have special interests or skills, such as sports and games leadership, music, art or foreign language abilities, are encouraged to share these with Thurston students.

Students will be expected at site approximately 4 hours each week, (not including 10 minute drive time each way). Site times are from 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday. Students in this section will be required to complete a background check before they will be permitted on site. Updated:11/21/13

101 - Pittsfield Elementary School 
In this section, students will work with children at Pittsfield Elementary School in Ann Arbor. Primarily students will be placed in a classroom, under the direction of that room’s teacher. Responsibilities may include: running reading groups, working with groups of children on class projects, math tutoring, and one-on-one instruction with children experiencing difficulty with the schoolwork. Opportunities are also available for students who want to utilize Spanish-speaking skills (Pittsfield Elementary is home to a significant Spanish-speaking population), work in the art room, teacher consultant room (with students with special needs) or to work in the media center with small groups of students on computers or media activities. Students interested in these specific opportunities should convey this information to their facilitator on the first day of class.

Students will be required at site for 4 hours each week between 8:48am-3:42pm, Monday-Friday. Students in this section will be required to complete a background check before they will be permitted on site. Updated:11/21/13

102 - America Reads: Issues in Literacy (2 credits) 
This section is intended for students earning work-study hours as America Reads (AR) tutors. It will explore the current dilemmas facing the U.S. educational system, teach students to critically reflect on their regular interactions with elementary youth, and relate site experiences to the text material. The tutors will be asked to assess what they observe in their community work, what could be improved to create more effective learning environments, and how these changes could be made.

NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is capped at 8 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Overrides are given by Erin Byrnes (ekbyrnes@umich.edu), Director of America Reads, when a tutor applicant is hired. Because America Reads tutors are also earning a wage for their time at their site placements, participation in SOC 389: 102 is for 2 credits as opposed to 3. However, students will paid for 12-13 hours of work a week.

Students have four blocks of times to choose from: Mondays and Wednesdays from 8 a.m. - Noon, Mondays and Wednesdays from Noon - 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to Noon, or Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon - 4:00 p.m. For more information on this site opportunity, and to apply to be a tutor, please visit http://ginsberg.umich.edu/americareads/. Updated:11/21/13

103 – Latino Family Services 
Latino Family Services (LFS) is a community agency that provides and coordinates comprehensive human services to residents of Wayne County with a particular emphasis on its Latino residents. Students in this section will be working with LFS in Detroit to assist students (K-11grade) in an after-school program focused on academic assistance, mentoring, and recreational activities.

Students will be expected at site one day each week. Site times are Tuesdays-Thursdays from 2:30-7:00pm (includes driving time), with some Friday options, as well. Please allow ample driving time (approximately 1 hour each way). For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.latinofamilyservices.com/. Students with Spanish Language skills are encouraged to register for this section.

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver’s licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

107 - Burns Park Elementary School 
Students will work in Burns Park Elementary, a school very close to the UM campus, with students who have difficulties with reading, writing and math due to at-risk factors, special education qualification, or cultural/language difficulties. They will work one-on-one, with small groups, or with whole classrooms of children from kindergarten to fifth grade on basic skills and school habits. Project Community students in this setting serve as role-models and mentors as well as being tutors to the students. There are also opportunities for students with bi-lingual skills. The school population is culturally diverse and has a large number of involved parents.

Students will be expected at site for 4 hours each week. Site times are between 9:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday. The site would prefer students to do two 2-hour shifts, but one long shift can be accommodated. Also, the site would prefer not to have volunteers 11:30am-12:30pm daily, if avoidable. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://burnspark.a2schools.org/burnspark.home/home. Students in this section will be required to complete a background check before they will be permitted on site. Updated:11/21/13

108 – Carrot Way Community Center 
Students in this section will help to develop and implement children's programs at residentially-located community centers with Avalon Housing, an affordable housing organization in Ann Arbor. During the after-school program, students will help the young residents of the Avalon community (ranging K-8 grade) with homework, and then participate in an outdoor walk or arts and crafts activity. Opportunities are also available for students to take initiative with other programming interests. The participating children go to school in the Ann Arbor Public School system.

Students in this section are expected to be at site once a week. The after-school program runs from 3:30-6:30pm Monday-Thursday, with priority given to having volunteer coverage on Tuesdays-Thursdays. Students will need to sign up for their regularly scheduled volunteer day on the first day of class. Students may need to attend an initial orientation that will be scheduled at the beginning of the term when all or most of the students are able to come, so the date is flexible; however, it is likely to occur on a weeknight from about 6 to 7 PM. To allow time for traveling to and from site, students should be available 3:00-6:00pm on their selected day of service.

NOTE: There is no website available for this site option. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Students will be expected to complete a background check prior to volunteering at this site. Updated:11/21/13

111 – Carpenter School 
Participants in this section will work with Carpenter Elementary school students in classrooms. Students will primarily assist in school homework club with reading, arithmetic, and other assignments.

Site visits occur Monday through Friday between 9:00am-3:30pm in two to four hour shifts. Students are responsible for volunteering for completing up to four service hours each week. Students in this section will be required to complete a background check before they will be permitted on site. Updated:11/21/13

112 – Peace Neighborhood Center 
Students in this section will work with elementary age students as Afterschool Program Assistants for the Peace Neighborhood Center REACH Afterschool Tutoring Program located at the Maple Meadows Community Center in Ann Arbor. Peace Neighborhood Center is a local non-profit whose mission is to provide programs for children, families, and individuals who are affected by social and economic problems. Students will assist with tutoring, mentoring and with other activities as determined by the Peace Center staff.

Students are responsible for volunteering on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm-6:30 pm. Students should allow for driving time, beginning at 3:30pm on the days they volunteer. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.peaceneighborhoodcenter.org/

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

115 - Detroit Urban Debate Education 
Participants in this section will work with high school students and teachers to support and facilitate debate teams in Detroit schools. Currently debate teams in Detroit schools are experiencing difficulty with budget-cuts and short staffing, curtailing important educational opportunities for students to learn public speaking, taking both sides of an issue, and vital research skills. Students in this class will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of high school kids by allowing urban debate teams to compete and grow.

Students with a strong interest in debate are encouraged to register. Prior debate experience is preferred but not required. Students will be expected at site once a week; the exact times and days to be determined at the beginning of the term. Most times are after the high school day (starting at 2:30 or 3:00 pm) on any week day. Students will work out a specific meeting time and day of the week with their coordinating teacher shortly after registering for the class. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.detroitdebate.org/.

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

116 – SOS After School Program 
Students in this section will assist with an After School Tutoring program offered by SOS Community Services. This program takes place on Thursdays from 2:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students will be tutors and mentors in an after-school program for children (ranging from 1 to 8 grade) who are homeless or whose families are participating in services for homeless families at agencies throughout Washtenaw County. Students will work with the participants on a one-to-one basis with homework and recreational activities. SOS Community Services provides the children participating in this program with transportation to and from the tutoring site. Students in this section will also serve as "van riders," and will supervise the children during the "pick up" and "drop off" routes.

NOTE: A SOS orientation and training is required for this course. The designated time for this is TBD.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a criminal background check and a DHS Child Abuse Registry background check run by the facility. Any student who believes he or she may not be eligible to participate is strongly encouraged to select another section. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.soscs.org/

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

200 - University of Michigan Hospitals 
Participation in this section is by override only and is also capped at 7 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Interested students should send an email to pcinfo@umich.edu for permission to register. Students who are interested in this section should contact pcinfo@umich.edu no later than DECEMBER 2ND in order to be approved and sign up for the required information session and orientations. After permission has been given, names will be sent to UMHS Volunteer Services, so please be sure of your commitment to taking this course when requesting an override.

Students in this section will participate in community service learning within the University of Michigan Health Systems (UMHS), with locations on and off campus. Medical experience is not needed, but students will need to be comfortable initiating interactions with patients. Students will assist patients and hospital staff as appropriate. On nursing floors, tasks might include visiting with patients, transporting patients, answering call lights, joining families in waiting areas, and responding to floor staff or patient needs. In special units such as the Emergency area, Rehab, Burn, the Cardiovascular Center and others, volunteer tasks will vary according to need. Some students may be placed within C.S. Mott Children's Hospital or the Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital. Pediatric occupational physical therapy, cancer treatment playroom, and bedside visiting and comfort. Overall, the hospital staff is very supportive of the program and will provide orientation sessions to help you learn more about your individual placement. An important asset is a sense of ease and warmth with others, as well as the ability to initiate discussion and laughter. In addition, students should be prepared to observe and think critically about the experiences of patients within this health care system. Please note that this is not a doctor shadowing program.

ELIGIBILITY: Students are required to complete 40 hours of service over the course of the term AND continue to volunteer an additional term (does not have to be consecutive) to meet standard requirements for volunteering at UMHS. Additionally, students are required to attend an Information Session in early December and a General Orientation in January.

Information Sessions are scheduled as follows: Wednesday, Dec. 4 – 7:00-8:00pm Thursday, Dec. 5 – 5:30-6:30pm Friday, Dec. 6 – 10:00-11:00am All information sessions take place in room 2A201 Ford Auditorium Dates for General Orientations in January are available on the Volunteer Services website: umhs.volunteer@umich.edu

After attending an Information Session, each student should contact Volunteer Services at 734-936-4327 NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 2013 to set up his or her individual interview stating that you are with the Project Community volunteer group. Any student with an incomplete application packet will be asked to reschedule his or her appointment. Weekly site times will be established at the interview with UMHS Volunteer Services.

NOTE: First-year students (freshmen) may not volunteer at the hospital during their first term because of Volunteer Services policy, so they also may not enroll in this section of Project Community. After you receive this verification, you must then go online to www.med.umich.edu/volunteer to complete the volunteer application and Interview Checklist. Any questions about this packet should be directed to UMHS Volunteer Services at umhs.volunteer@umich.edu. All of the materials must be assembled and completed before your interview appointment with UMHS.

NOTE: Proof of mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccination MUST be provided at the time of the interview. If students have received a flu shot prior to the interview, they should bring that documentation as well. Students who have not had a flu shot will receive one from UMHS.

NOTE: If the above procedures for contacting the Project Community offices and the hospital are not followed BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, you will be asked to drop the class. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.med.umich.edu/." Updated:11/21/13

203 - HIV/AIDS Resource Center 
Students in this section will focus on HIV/AIDS education through community outreach, bar outreach, testing, and office coverage, coordinated by the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) in Ypsilanti (representing all of Washtenaw, Jackson, Lenawee, and Livingston counties). Students will have a choice to volunteer with an outreach van that is located throughout the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community several times a week, in the office, or at the testing clinic.

Please note: Students who volunteer with the outreach van are responsible for meeting it at its locations. Students will be expected at site for at least 4 hours each week. Site times are generally 9am-5pm Monday-Friday with additional evening and weekend hours available to be negotiated with the site.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will be screened to determine their level of commitment by the facility during training. Any student who is not serious about their interest in volunteering at HARC is strongly encouraged to select another section.

NOTE: Students are encouraged to get a TB and Hepatitis B vaccination, but it is not required.

NOTE: Students participating in this section MUST attend a 1-day HARC volunteer orientation and training on a Saturday TBD from 8am-5pm. Students who are unable to attend this training will be unable to participate in this section. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://hivaidsresource.org/. Updated:11/21/13

204 – Shelter Association of Washtenaw County: Homeless Outreach 
The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (SAWC), located in Ann Arbor and housed in the Robert J. Delonis Center, is dedicated to serving adult individuals experiencing homelessness by addressing basic human needs — such as emergency shelter, food, healthcare and clothing while assisting them in their effort to establish or increase income, save money and find sustainable housing. Over 1300 individuals are served at the SAWC each year. Students in this section will work with the Shelter Association in nearly every aspect of the Shelter's services, including serving breakfast to residents, offering resources and information to clients, assisting staff with laundry, answering the phone in the service center (our 24 hour floor), etc. More importantly, as student volunteers you will help to create a safe and caring environment where listening empathetically and talking to the clients are at the core of the clients' and volunteer experience alike.

Students will be expected to volunteer on site for an average of four hours each week. Most shifts are scheduled in 4-hour blocks (except for the "Breakfast" and "Front Door" shifts, which are two 2 hours in length); all shifts run between 6:00am-11:00pm. Times can be arranged according to the students' schedules.

NOTE: In order to participate in the program, students must attend mandatory volunteer orientation on a date TBD, though, historically, on a Saturday morning. You must also give the facilitator your email address on the first day of class in order to receive training information. Students who are unable to attend the training will be unable to participate in this section. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.annarborshelter.org/.

NOTE: Prior to volunteering, all students will be required to sign a Pledge of Confidentiality and completed screening form. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

208 – Project Healthy Schools: Health Ambassadors 
This course will give interested students an opportunity to work as Health Ambassadors as part of the Project Healthy Schools (PHS) program. This will help students gain experience in a community program in the public health field. Project Healthy Schools, a community-University of Michigan collaborative, is an educational and environmental program that was created to reduce childhood obesity by increasing 6th grade students' awareness of healthy eating and the value of physical activity. The course service hours will come from teaching fun, hands-on activities in 6th grade classrooms. All activities are scripted and ready for you to teach!

Students are expected to complete 3-4 hours of site work each week. Students will need to be able to have TWO days (Tuesday through Friday) available every week from 11am-12:30pm to teach the PHS curriculum in two Ann Arbor public middle school 6th grade classrooms. Please note that you will need to leave campus by approximately 11:10 a.m. at the latest to get to the schools on time. If you have a class until 11am, please consider whether or not you will be able to get to your car or one from the Ginsberg Center to leave by that time. Students must also participate in a mandatory two hour training session from 5:45 – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver’s licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Enrollment in this class is by override only.

NOTE: You must be a sophomore, junior or senior to apply for this class. Interested students must type a short essay (no longer than one page) explaining why they wish to participate in this program. In addition, please include the following information in your email: Your class status (sophomore, etc.) Your student ID # Whether or not you have a driver's license What days of the week you can teach All essays should be emailed to Carole Durgy (beckca@med.umich.edu). The first round of essays is due no later than December 6, 2013 at 5:00pm. If seats are available additional essays will be considered on a rolling basis. Overrides will be given based on the quality of essays received.

For more information on Project Healthy Schools, visit www.projecthealthyschools.org. Students enrolled in SOC 389 are responsible for regular attendance in a weekly seminar as well as participation at a designated community service site each week. In addition, students will complete weekly readings and reflective journal assignments, a midterm assignment, and a final paper/project. If you have questions, contact Project Community (pcinfo@umich.edu). In your email, please give the name and number of the section about which you are inquiring.

NOTE: Enrollment in this class is by override only; based upon required essays and is capped at a total of 6 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

300 - It's Great To Be a Girl: Femtors 
It's Great To Be a Girl (IGTBAG): FEMTORS is a University of Michigan initiative. In this section, undergraduate women volunteer as feminist mentors (Femtors) to work with girls at local area middle schools as part of the IGTBAG program. The IGTBAG program was designed by Carole Lapidos and Sally Wisotzkey as a continuance of their "Raising Strong and Confident Daughters" workshop for parents. The co-founders' hope was to provide adolescent girls with positive women role models to help them through their tumultuous middle school years. Chosen femtors organize and facilitate workshops over the course of ten weeks to build the confidence and expand the knowledge of the girls. The four major areas addressed are friendship, teasing and harassment, body image, and dream building. This program is a great opportunity for women interested in providing mentorship to a diverse population.

Students will be expected at site from 2:00-4:00pm on Tuesdays. (Please allow an additional 20 minutes each way for transportation.)

NOTE: Femtors will be required to attend training that will occur on campus during the first 3 meetings at the Student Activities Bldg. on the UM Campus. Training dates for winter semester for femtors are: Tuesday, January 14th, 21st, 28th from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. on each day. To meet the 4- hours per week requirement, students will be doing curriculum planning and developing resource materials for adolescent girls and their families. Volunteers will start in the school on February 4th.

NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is capped at 6 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Students should contact Carole Lapidos directly at (734) 936-1055 or email at lapidos@umich.edu for permission to register, and for additional information about the Femtors program. A face-to-face interview is required. Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Updated:11/21/13

304 - Planned Parenthood
Students in this section will volunteer with Planned Parenthood's Public Advocacy department. Students will assist Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan staff in efforts to ensure broad access to reproductive healthcare information and services. Students will be involved in community outreach, grassroots organizing, and public affairs programs. Specific tasks will include assisting at visibility and awareness events, working with coalition partners, organizing the public around legislative issues and more. Educational objectives will include detailed knowledge of sexual health, community assessment, grassroots organizing techniques, and action planning. No previous experience is necessary, but students should be open-minded and enthusiastic about service that contributes to Planned Parenthood's mission and philosophy.

NOTE: Students will be expected at site every Thursday from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. as needed for a weekly check-in. Volunteer work will be done throughout the week depending on the events that week. Students should be aware that there will be many opportunities to participate in activities outside of the scheduled site times. While these outside activities are not required, they will enhance the students’ learning and will provide students with a more comprehensive grassroots organizing experience. Students who have flexible schedules and are interested in pursuing a career in organizing or public advocacy are encouraged to enroll in this section. In the past, students who have shown a great interest in Planned Parenthood’s mission and philosophy and who have participated in additional activities have joined the Planned Parenthood team in nationwide conferences, internship positions, and paid staff positions!

NOTE: Orientation and training will take place the first two weeks from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is capped at 12 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Students interested in enrolling should email Lauren Bacans, Field Organizer of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan, at: (lauren.bacans@ppmchoice.org) or call her at 616-550-5712. Students will be asked to participate in a short interview. If the section is a fit, an override request will be sent to Project Community giving student permission to enroll in the section. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit miplannedparenthood.org. Updated:11/21/13

402 - Prison (Men): Creative Writing 
Students in this section will work in teams to lead creative writing workshops at the Gus Harrison South Correctional Facility, located in Adrian on a weekly basis. The facility is a minimum-security prison that houses adult male prisoners. At the prison, students will help inmates enhance their writing skills and creatively communicate their ideas. Students will be required to submit weekly creative writing assignments as well as fulfill other course requirements. In addition, the group will complete an anthology of inmate writing at the end of the semester that will be distributed to the participants at the prison. No previous experience is necessary.

Students will be expected to go to site on Tuesday evenings 5:30-9:30pm (includes driving time).

NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another in a different program area. Email pcinfo@umich.edu in order to request an override for this section. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

404 - Jail (Men and Women): Creative Writing 
Students in this section will work at the Washtenaw County Jail, a facility for adult offenders, located in Ann Arbor approximately 10 minutes from campus. This section will be conducting creative writing seminars for male or female inmates in minimum-security blocks. No former creative writing experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and an open mind! Students will be expected to bring and share ideas to plan and facilitate the creative writing workshops.

MEN’S Section: Students will be expected at site 6:15-8:15pm on Mondays . Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:45pm on Mondays. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter. There are only four available seats in this section to attend site visits on Monday's.

WOMEN’S Section: Students will be expected at site 6:15-8:15pm on Tuesdays. Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:45pm on Tuesday. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter. There are only four available seats in this section to attend site visits on Tuesdays.

NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another section in a different program area. Email pcinfo@umich.edu in order to request an override for this section. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

406 - Jail (Men and Women): Art Workshop 
Students in this section work at the Washtenaw County Jail exploring art by creating and speaking about art and the artistic process with men or women that are facing imprisonment. This section is designed to use art, usually drawing, as a humanizing tool to stimulate dialogue with people that are experiencing incarceration. Students will use art to encourage self-reflection, self-expression, and hope. While students that sign up for this section are not required to have an extensive art background, students skilled in art are strongly encouraged to register for this course. An important component of this course includes mandatory participation and facilitation of a weekly in-service class located at the Washtenaw County Jail.

MEN’S Section: Students will be expected at site 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesdays. Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:30pm on Tuesdays. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter.

WOMEN’S Section: Students will be expected at site 6:00-8:00pm on Monday's. Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:30pm on Monday. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter.

NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site.

NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another section in a different program area. Email pcinfo@umich.edu in order to request an override for this section. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated:11/21/13

Fall 2013 Community Sites

All sections of SOC 389

 

 100 - Thurston Elementary School In this section, students will meet during the school day to assist teachers and staff with students at Thurston Elementary School, a K-5 Ann Arbor public elementary school. Students will spend some of their time assisting lunch staff with elementary students during their lunch and recess. Students eat with the students at lunch and then accompany them to lunch recess where they help engage the students in fun, healthy, and safe outside recess activities. Most of the students' time will be spent assisting teachers in the classrooms with specific students, small groups, or even circulating to assist the whole class with projects and work. Students may help with a variety of activities in the classrooms, such as reading, math, science experiments, and art projects. Students who have special interests or skills, such as sports and games leadership, music, art or foreign language abilities, are encouraged to share these with Thurston students. Students will be expected at site approximately 4 hours each week, (not including 10 minute drive time each way). Site times are from 9:00am-3:00pm, Monday-Friday. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.a2schools.org/thurston.home/thurston_home Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to and from site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the Peer Facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12 

 101 - Pittsfield Elementary School In this section, students will work with children at Pittsfield Elementary School in Ann Arbor. Primarily students will be placed in a classroom, under the direction of that rooms' teacher. Their responsibilities may include: running reading groups, working with groups of children on class projects, math tutoring, and one-on-one instruction with children experiencing difficulty with the schoolwork. Opportunities are also available for students who want to utilize Spanish-speaking skills (Pittsfield Elementary is home to a significant Spanish-speaking population), work in the art room, teacher consultant room (with students with special needs) or to work in the media center with small groups of students on computers or media activities. Students interested in these specific opportunities should convey this information to their facilitator on the first day of class. Students will be required at site for 4 hours each week between 8:48am-3:42pm, Monday-Friday. Two (2) or four (4) hour shifts can be accommodated, however the site prefers not to have volunteers solely over the students' 11:45-1:15 staggered lunch time. Specifically, students should plan to schedule their two (2) hour blocks between 11:30-1:30. The site would prefer students do two (2) hour shifts, but one (1) long shift of four (4) hours can be accommodated. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.a2schools.org/pittsfield.home/pittsfield_home Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to and from site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the Peer Facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12 

 102 - America Reads: Issues in Literacy (2 credits) This section is intended for students earning work-study hours as America Reads (AR) tutors. It will explore the current dilemmas facing the U.S. educational system, teach students to critically reflect on their regular interactions with elementary youth, and relate site experiences to the text material. The tutors will be asked to assess what they observe in their community work, what could be improved to create more effective learning environments, and how these changes could be made.

NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is capped at 8 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Overrides are given by Erin Byrnes (ekbyrnes@umich.edu), Director of America Reads, when a tutor applicant is hired.

Because America Reads tutors are also earning a wage for their time at their site placements, participation in SOC 389: 102 is for 2 credits as opposed to 3.

For more information on this site opportunity, and to apply to be a tutor, please visit http://ginsberg.umich.edu/americareads/.

Updated: 03.21.12

 107 - Burns Park Elementary School Students will work in Burns Park Elementary, a school very close to the UM campus, with students who have difficulties with reading, writing and math due to at-risk factors, special education qualification, or cultural/language difficulties. They will work one-on-one, with small groups, or with whole classrooms of children from kindergarten to fifth grade on basic skills and school habits. Project Community students in this setting serve as role-models and mentors as well as being tutors to the students. There are also opportunities for students with bi-lingual skills. The school population is culturally diverse and has a large number of involved parents. Students will be expected at site for 4 hours each week. Site times are between 9:00am-3:30pm, Monday-Friday. The site would prefer students to do two 2-hour shifts, but one long shift can be accommodated. Also, the site would prefer not to have volunteers 11:30am-12:30pm daily, if avoidable. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://burnspark.a2schools.org/burnspark.home/home Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Note: However, since the school is so close to UM central campus, many students in this section may choose to walk or bike to the site. Updated: 03.21.12

 111 - Ann Arbor Public School- Elementary After School Program Participants in this section will work with elementary school students at one of several schools in Ann Arbor. Students will primarily assist in facilitating after-school games, art activities and other recreational programs with the children. Students will also assist in the after-school homework club with reading, arithmetic, and other assignments. The Ann Arbor Public Schools (AAPS) afterschool child care operates from 3:15pm- 6:00pm (Ann Arbor Open @ Mack 2:30pm - 6:00pm) Monday-Friday. Students are responsible for volunteering once per week. Additionally, they will be expected to spend some time outside of their regularly scheduled shift planning an activity for the children, under the supervision of the site staff. This may include science projects, non-competitive gym games, and character-building activities. Students should allow for driving time, beginning at 3:00pm (2:15 Ann Arbor Open @ Mack) on the days they volunteer. NOTE: Students in this section must pass a State of Michigan background check run by the AAPS. Any student who believes he or she may not be eligible to participate is strongly encouraged to select another section. NOTE: There is no website available for this site opportunity. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12 

 115 - Detroit Urban Debate Education Participants in this section will work with high school students and teachers to support and facilitate debate teams in Detroit schools. Currently debate teams in Detroit schools are experiencing difficulty with budget-cuts and short staffing, curtailing important educational opportunities for students to learn public speaking, taking both sides of an issue, and vital research skills. Students in this class will have the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of high school kids by allowing urban debate teams compete and grow. Students with a strong interest in debate are encouraged to register. Students will be expected at site once a week; the exact times and days to be determined at the beginning of the term. Students will work out a specific meeting time and day of the week with their coordinating teacher shortly after registering for the class. For more information about this site opporunity, please visit http://www.detroitdebate.org/ Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12 

 200 - University of Michigan Hospitals Students in this section will participate in community service learning within the University of Michigan (UM) Health Systems, with locations on and off campus. Medical experience is not needed, but students will need to be comfortable initiating interactions with patients. Students will assist patients and hospital staff as appropriate. On nursing floors, tasks might include visiting with patients, transporting patients, answering call lights, joining families in waiting areas, and responding to floor staff or patient needs. In special units such as the Emergency area, Rehab, Burn, the Cardiovascular Center and others, volunteer tasks will vary according to need. Some students may be placed within C.S. Mott Children's Hospital or the Women's Hospital. Pediatric occupational physical therapy, cancer treatment playroom, and bedside visiting and comfort. Overall, the hospital staff is very supportive of the program and will provide orientation sessions to help you learn more about your individual placement. An important asset is a sense of ease and warmth with others, as well as the ability to initiate discussion and laughter. In addition, students should be prepared to observe and think critically about the experiences of patients within this health care system. Students will be expected at site for 40 hours of service over the course of the term and will also be expected to attend the necessary orientation(s) at the beginning of the semester. Weekly site times will be established at the interview with UMHS Volunteer Services. NOTE: First-year students (freshmen) may not volunteer at the hospital during their first semester because of Volunteer Services policy, so they also may not enroll in this section of Project Community. NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is also capped at 7 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Interested students should send an email to pcinfo@umich.edu for permission to register. After permission has been given, names will be sent to UMHS Volunteer Services, so please be sure of your commitment to taking this course when requesting an override.

After you receive this verification, you must then go online to www.med.umich.edu/volunteer to complete the volunteer application and checklist.

Any questions about this packet should be directed to UMHS Volunteer Services at umhs.volunteer@umich.edu. All of the materials must be completed before your interview with UMHS. Any student with an incomplete application packet will be asked to reschedule his or her appointment.

NOTE: Proof of mumps, measles and rubella (MMR) vaccination MUST be provided at the time of the interview. All interviews MUST be arranged between August 1st-19th.

NOTE: If the above procedures for contacting the hospital are not followed BEFORE THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS, you will be asked to drop the class. For more information about this site opportunity, please visithttp://www.med.umich.edu/ Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12 

 202 - Sunrise Senior Living Community (CLOSED WINTER 2013) Students in this section will work with elderly adults at the Sunrise Senior Living Community in Ann Arbor. Students may be matched with a resident in order to develop a relationship and identify a common area of interest to explore together. Students may also work as a group to set up and participate in activities with some of the residents at Sunrise. Students will be expected at site for 3 hours each week. Site time is flexible and can be arranged around the student's schedule. NOTE: Expected attire is casual or business casual. Jeans and sneakers are permissable ONLY ON FRIDAYS. Also, no workout clothing, spaghetti straps, low-cut tops, cut-offs, holes in pants or fringes, open-toed shoe shoes or stilettos (high heels).
For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.sunriseseniorliving.com/communities/sunrise-at-north-ann-arbor/Overview.aspx Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12 

 203 - HIV/AIDS Education Students in this section will focus on HIV/AIDS education through community outreach, bar outreach, testing, and office coverage, coordinated by the HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) in Ypsilanti (representing all of Washtenaw, Jackson, Lenawee, and Livingston counties). Students will have a choice to volunteer with an outreach van that is located throughout the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti community several times a week, in the office, or at the testing clinic. Please note: Students who volunteer with the outreach van are responsible for meeting it at its locations. Students will be expected at site for at least 4 hours each week. Site times are generally 9am-5pm Monday-Friday with additional evening and weekend hours available to be negotiated with the site. NOTE: All students registering for this section will be screened to determine their level of commitment by the facility during training. Any student who is not serious about their interest in volunteering at HARC is strongly encouraged to select another section. NOTE: Students are encouraged to get a TB and Hepatitis B vaccination, but it is not required. NOTE: Students participating in this section MUST attend a 1-day HARC volunteer orientation and training on a Saturday TBD from 8am-5pm. Students who are unable to attend this training will be unable to participate in this section. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://hivaidsresource.org/ Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12 

 300 - It's Great To Be a Girl: Femtors It's Great To Be a Girl (IGTBAG): Femtors is a University of Michigan initiative. In this section, undergraduate women volunteer as feminist mentors (Femtors) to work with girls at local area middle schools as part of the IGTBAG program. The IGTBAG program was designed by Carole Lapidos and Sally Wisotzkey as a continuance of their "Raising Strong and Confident Daughters" workshop for parents. The co-founders' hope was to provide adolescent girls with positive women role models to help them through their tumultuous middle school years. Chosen femtors organize and facilitate workshops over the course of ten weeks to build the confidence and expand the knowledge of the girls. The four major areas addressed are friendship, teasing and harassment, body image, and dream building. This program is a great opportunity for women interested in providing mentorship to a diverse population. Students will be expected at site from 2:00-4:00pm on Tuesdays. (Please allow an additional 20 minutes each way for transportation.) NOTE: Femtors will be required to attend training that will occur on campus during the first 3 meetings at the Student Activities Bldg. on the UM Campus. Specifc dates TBD. There are 3 sessions and they are each 3-hours in length. The training sessions are on Tuesdays from 2-5pm. To meet the 4- hours per week requirement, students will be doing curriculum planning and developing resource materials for adolescent girls and 
their families. NOTE: Participation in this section is by override only and is capped at 7 students, including the Peer Facilitator. Students should contact Carole Lapidos directly at (734) 668-7402 or carolelap@aol.com for permission to register, and for additional information about the Femtors program. A face to face interview is required. Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.oami.umich.edu/programs/itsgreattobeagirl.html. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12 

 301 - MBODY Eating Disorder Prevention and Body Image Program: Students in this section will work within the Eating Disorder Prevention and Body Image program at University Health Service (UHS). This section will give interested students an opportunity to assist with the planning of several events sponsored by the Body Peace Corps, a student organization on campus that plans activities, awareness events, and media literacy campaigns to promote positive body image and preventing eating disorders. Students may help with a number of projects, including planning and producing the annual performance of the Body Monologues, Eating Disorder Awareness Month events, the National Eating Disorder Awareness Walk, documentary screenings, and speaker events. Students will learn about community building, media literacy, and how to engage in conversations that promote body image and body size as social justice issues.

NOTE: This placement is available for as many as 4 students. Students will work 3-4 hours a week and schedules are negotiable. Students may dress in casual attire. University Health Service is located on central campus, and students can access it on foot or via campus buses.

NOTE: No previous experience is necessary, but students should be committed to the mission of the Body-Peace Corps.
For more information, please visit and email Kellie Carbone at klcarb@med.umich.edu for more information.

 304 - Planned Parenthood

Students in this section will volunteer with Planned Parenthood's Public Advocacy department. Students will assist Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan staff in efforts to ensure broad access to reproductive health care information and services. Students will be involved in community outreach, grassroots organizing, and public affairs programs.

Specific tasks will include assisting at visibility and awareness events, working with coalition partners, organizing the public around legislative issues and more. Educational objectives will include detailed knowledge of sexual health, community assessment, grassroots organizing techniques, and action planning. No previous experience is necessary, but students should be open-minded and enthusiastic about service that contributes to Planned Parenthood's mission and philosophy.

NOTE: Students will be expected at site every Thursday from 1:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. as needed for a weekly check-in. Volunteer work will be done throughout the week depending on the events that week. Students should be aware that there will be many opportunities to participate in activities outside of the scheduled site times. While these outside activities are not required, they will enhance the students’ learning and will provide students with a more comprehensive grassroots organizing experience. Students who have flexible schedules and are interested in pursuing a career in organizing or public advocacy are encouraged to enroll in this section. In the past, students who have shown a great interest in Planned Parenthood’s mission and philosophy and who have participated in additional activities have joined the Planned Parenthood team in nationwide conferences, internship positions, and paid staff positions!

NOTE: Orientation and training will take place the first two weeks from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

NOTE: Participation in this section is by over ride only and is capped at 12 students, including the Peer Facilitator.

Students interested in enrolling should email Liz Ratzloff, Field Organizer of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of Michigan, at: (Liz.Ratzloff@ppmchoice.org) or call her at 248-231-0741. Students will be asked to participate in a short interview. If the section is a fit, an override request will be sent to Project Community giving student permission to enroll in the section.

For more information about this site opportunity, please visit http://www.plannedparenthood.org/health-center/centerDetails.asp?f=3296&a=90630&v=details

Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Public transportation is available to get to site, as well.

 402 - Prison (Men): Creative Writing Students in this section will work in teams to lead creative writing workshops at the Gus Harrison South Correctional Facility, located in Adrian on a weekly basis. The facility is a minimum-security prison that houses adult male prisoners. At the prison, students will help inmates enhance their writing skills and creatively communicate their ideas. Students will be required to submit weekly creative writing assignments as well as fulfill other course requirements. In addition, the group will complete an anthology of inmate writing at the end of the semester that will be distributed to the participants at the prison. No previous experience is necessary. Students will be expected to go to site on Tuesday evenings 5:30-9:30pm, (includes driving time). NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site. NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another in a different program area. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator. Updated: 03.21.12

 404 - Jail (Men and Women): Creative Writing Students in this section will work at the Washtenaw County Jail, a facility for adult offenders, located in Ann Arbor approximately 10 minutes from campus. This section will be conducting creative writing seminars for male inmates in minimum-security blocks. No former creative writing experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and an open mind! Students will be expected to bring and share ideas to plan and facilitate the creative writing workshops. Students will be expected at site 6:15-8:15pm on Mondays. Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:45pm on Mondays. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter. NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site. NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another section in a different program area. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.

Updated: 03.21.12

 406 - Jail (Men and Women): Dialogue on Multiculturalism Students in this section work at the Washtenaw County Jail examining the construction of race and class and how it is manifested in society through dialogue with inmates. This section is designed to take a look at Asian American, African American, European American, Hispanic/Latino(a), and Native American social groups present in the United States. Students will critically evaluate how racial groups are represented in American society and there intersection with socioeconomic class. Some questions we will address are: How was race and class constructed in the United States? How is the construction maintained? What can we do as individuals to combat inaccurate representations of cultural groups in this country? An important component of this course includes participation and facilitation of a weekly in-service class located at the Washtenaw County Jail. Students will be required to lead discussions on race and class with male inmates at the facility. We believe that issues of race and class are pertinent issues that affect everyone. It is the intention of this course to create an environment that will embrace various viewpoints and seek to provide a deeper understanding of ourselves and others. The success of the course depends upon each individual's participation and willingness to be open, honest, and engaged in course materials and discussion. Students will be expected at site 6:00-8:00pm on Tuesdays. Students must allow for driving time, beginning at 5:30pm on Tuesdays. Groups that arrive late to the facility may not be allowed to enter. NOTE: Students must be at least 18 years old to participate in this section, due to volunteer requirements at the site. NOTE: All students registering for this section will have a background check run by the facility. Any student who thinks he or she may not be eligible to participate are strongly encouraged to select another section in a different program area. Students enrolled in Project Community who have valid driver's licenses are able to check out vehicles through the Ginsberg Center in order to transport themselves to site. Carpooling among students in the same section is encouraged. Transportation is coordinated through the section facilitator and the Ginsberg Transportation Coordinator.

Updated: 03.21.12