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Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) 2015

 

The Summer Service Learning Program (SSLP) is a three-credit theology course (S/U) with an eight consecutive week immersion. The Center invites Notre Dame Alumni Clubs to sponsor students to work in an agency or parish in the local community of the Club. The Center recruits Notre Dame students who are interested in expanding their education by working with and learning from persons who are marginalized in society.

In 2014, 112 Notre Dame Alumni Clubs sponsored 217 Notre Dame students in sites across the country. Housing and food is provided by the Clubs or the site. Some students serve in their local communities and live at home. The Notre Dame Alumni Clubs, the James F. Andrews Scholarship Fund, and other special scholarship funds provide a $2,700 Social Concerns Scholarship to students at the completion of this eight-week summer experience and the academic requirements.

This course consists of classroom sessions in April, reading and writing during the eight-week immersion, and a follow-up classroom sessions in the fall. This course does not fulfill the University’s required theology courses, but it does count as an elective. This course fulfills a requirement for the Poverty Studies Interdisciplinary Minor and the Catholic Social Tradition Minor.

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SSLP INFORMATION SESSIONS

 

Tuesday November 11 5–6 PM B034 Geddes Hall
Wednesday November 12 6–7 PM 116 DeBartolo Hall
Thursday November 13 7–8 PM B034 Geddes Hall

 

SSLP APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Applications and the site directory for Summer 2015 will be available November 15, 2014.
  • The deadline for Health Care sites is December 15, 2014.
  • The deadline for all other sites is February 15, 2015.

 

CONTACT

Please contact Andrea Smith Shappell with any questions.

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SSLP INFORMATION SSLP COURSE INFORMATION
Application Information Checklist of Responsibilities
Directed Reading Guidelines Course Registration Information

Frequently Asked Questions

Final Paper Guidelines
Second-time Students Method of Reflection
SSLP Staff Syllabus
Student Contract  

 

NOTRE DAME CLUBS SITE SUPERVISORS
Promising Practices Video for ND Alumni Club Contacts  Promising Practices Video for SSLP Site Contacts
Arranging Housing for SSLP students Guide for Site Supervisors and Alumni Clubs
Transportation Arrangements to and from the SSLP site  
Notre Dame Clubs' Relationship with SSLP students
Host Family Guidelines  
Choosing a SSLP site  
Funding Ideas for the SSLP Scholarship  
Prepare an Emergency Plan  
Guide for Site Supervisors and Alumni Clubs  
SHORT VIDEOS FOR NOTRE DAME CLUBS:  
Getting started: Relationship with the Site  
Getting started: Finances  
Mentoring SSLP students during the 8-week immersion  
Becoming involved in the local community  
Increased service involvement today compared to many alums  
Reflections on 25 years of hosting SSLP students  

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Jerry Xiao was sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Los Angeles and the Andrews Scholarship Fund to work with the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

< Watch the video of Jerry's talk at the Andrews Dinner, September, 2014.

     
 

Megan Heeder served with the Robinson Community Learning Center, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley and the Andrews Scholarship Fund.

< Watch the video of Megan's talk at the Andrews Dinner, September, 2014.

 

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View the Legacy of James F. Andrews Video.

View the 2013 Andrews Annual SSLP Booklet.

View the Summer Service Learning Program Video.

James F. Andrews
 

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SSLP PUBLICATIONS
Smith Shappell, A. and S. Barbato, (2010). “Post-Immersion Reflective Practices,” Journal of College and Character,Vol. 11 Iss. 3.


Smith Shappell, A. (2010)., “Reflection as a Means of Discovery” in Transformations at the Edge of the World, Abilene Christian University Press.


Beckman, M., Brandenberger, J., Shappell, A., (2009). "Graduate Students and Community-Based Learning" Academic Exchange Quarterly, 13(3).


Smith Shappell, A. (2006). "Methods of Theological Reflection in the Summer Service Learning Program: Integrating Spirituality and Civic Engagement" Journal of College and Character, Volume VIII, No. 1.

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SUMMER SERVICE COLLABORATIVE

 

The Summer Service Collaborative (SSC) promotes the exchange of promising practices among colleges and universities who sponsor domestic and international summer service programs and courses. Members of the SSC meet at least twice a year through conference calls and every other year in a forum hosted on one of the member’s campuses. Resources are also exchanged through a shared web site. Members of the collaborative explore ways to work together on conference presentations and articles for publication.

The SSC is comprised of 16 colleges and universities who sponsor domestic and international summer service immersion programs and courses. This report highlights the development of a shared assessment rubric and preliminary findings from a corresponding survey which evaluates student learning across their programs. 

 

Summer Service Collaborative Report of the First Five Years

 


 

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