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Merritt Take Action Project

 

The Take Action Project through the Center for Civic Engagement helps students design and implement projects that will enhance people's lives. Projects will address the educational, social, psychological, and cultural well-being of individuals, families and groups in the Salt Lake Community. Students will learn valuable skills in the areas of leadership, communication, collaboration, and social responsibility.

The application process for the 2014-2015 school year is closed. Applications for the 2015-2016 school year will open in April 2015.

Project Activities and Criteria:

  • Involve a Westminster College student with a staff or faculty member and a community partner.
  • Address community identified needs and clearly state the significance of these needs, as supported by a review of the relevant literature.
  • Apply solutions to address problems facing individuals, families or groups in the Salt Lake Community.
  • Directed toward attainable, measurable outcomes and include a process for assessing outcomes.
  • Project procedures must be stated clearly.
  • The budget must be defensible and feasible in terms of the overall project purpose and within the endowment's budget constraints.
  • The student expenses cannot cover hours of paid work; it must be separate, unpaid work.

Project Submission Requirements:

  • Letter of support from the community partner and faculty/staff member mentor must be submitted with proposal.
  • Project begins at start of the academic year.
  • Funding is utilized within a one-year time frame. Extensions will be considered if necessary.

Fundable Expenses:

The following expenses are fundable, depending on the proposed project scope (NOTE: retroactive expenses will not be funded).

  • Student earnings of $1500 (working approximately 6 hours a week for 30 weeks during the academic year)
  • Faculty/staff mentor stipend of $500 (meeting bi-monthly with student and attending end of each semester presentation)
  • Budget money for project of $1200

2012-2013 Take Action Projects

- Volunteer support and enhanced education at The Living Planet Aquarium.
- Mentoring of high school students at Hser Ner Moo, a local refugee center.
- Weekly science lessons for Youth City.
- College preparation mentoring at East High.
- Math tutoring for East High School students
Between the 5 projects, 150 Westminster students volunteered for a total of 2,215 hours.

 

2013-2014 TAKE ACTION PROJECTS 

- Collecting/distrubting school supplies to Title 1 elementary schools.
- Mentoring of high school students at Hser Ner Moo, a local refugee center.
- Mentoring students at Granite Park Junior High.
- College preparation mentoring at East High with ESL students.
- Math tutoring for East High School students
 

2014-2015 TAKE ACTION PROJECTS 

- Mentoring students at Granite Park Junior High
- Evaluating and supporting the AWESUM Camp
- Computer Science education at a SSL STEM Center
- Tutoring at Bennion Elementary
- College preparedness mentoring at East High
- Mentoring at Hser Ner Moo
- Math tutoring for East High School students