Social Justice Service Learning
Activate is a collaboration between the Social Justice Centers and the Community Service Learning Center. Online modules use an intersectional lens to explore the components of civic engagement and are available to all students as either a stand-alone experience or a precursor to participation in Days of Service and Activate Ambassador opportunities.
Activate online modules are available on Blackboard to help prepare students for civic engagement and understand the difference between volunteerism and engaging in meaningful, service-oriented, community-facing work.
Days of Service
Activate Days of Service provides opportunities to engage with the community and has three essential features: pre-engagement education and discussion, service learning experience, and post-engagement reflection.
Blackboard access to view opportunities is provided following online module completion. Space is limited based on the needs of host site partners. Those interested are encouraged to signup early! Experiences are typically scheduled for Friday or Saturday mornings, and students are required to use provided transportation. Examples of host site partnerships:
- Grand Rapids Red Project
- GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project
- Grand Rapids Pride Center
- Kid’s Food Basket
- Refugee Education Center
- Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities
Agency placements may be available on a limited bases. Students interested in an agency placement must attend an additional one-on-one meeting (after completing the online training) with a center representative to discuss interests, qualifications, and potential opportunities.
Using an intersectional lens, Activate Ambassadors serve as site leaders and peer educators. Ambassadors prepare their peers for civic engagement opportunities and provide structured opportunities for post-service reflection.