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Connecting Students to Communities Program

Project files

Purpose

A partnership with UMM Center for Small Towns to place UMM students with communities to address short-term community projects including web site development, survey work, etc. In 2009, the focus of the funded CSC students tied to WCP focus areas of work--water, food, energy.

Partners

UMN-Morris Center for Small Towns

Activities

  • News releases and announcements sent out in local newspapers and to local government and non-profits announcing the program.
  • CST and WCRSDP staff developed an application, reviewed proposals, and made selections.
  • CST administered the program, matched students to community projects.
  • Students wrote refection papers following their experience.

Outcomes

  • First year, 20 applicants, 16 were awarded. Ones that weren't awarded were referred to other resources.
  • Second year, application timeline was shorter and before the Holidays so the number of applications were less.
  • Next year, planning to have an "on going" application process due to CST receiving a Faculty and student Fellow's grant from Bremer Foundation.

Funding

In-Kind 0.00
Outside 13,000.00
Volunteer 0.00
State Special 45,000.00
Total 58,000.00

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