HSS is a program strives to develop a peer network and provide support that enables students to engage in service work on campus and in the community. First-generation or low income students entering NIU for the first time are placed into teams with an upper classmen mentor. Teams then work with a site supervisors to provide regular service to their campus partner. In addition, students will attend campus wide service events and collaborate to plan off campus service projects. Monthly meetings will provide collaboration, training and reflection opportunities for students. At minimum, students will dedicate 300 hours to service work, mentoring, reflection and training opportunities. Upon completion of 300 hours of service, students will receive a tuition waiver of $1,132.
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In addition to our campus partners, HSS will now also be paired up with community partners in the DeKalb and Sycamore area where they will regularly provide service to an assigned communty site.
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In order to receive the tuition waiver, students must meet the following criteria:
For more information on HSS and the community garden, please contact Kathryn Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-753-8154.
This year, there is an exciting project on board for HSS! Kathryn Olson, former HSS peer mentor learned about DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) from her supervisor and decided to attend a meeting to see if it was something she would be interested in. After that meeting, she thought of the idea of HSS adopting and taking care of their own garden as a project of civic engagement. "The plan is for HSS to have a continuous and sustainable opportunity for volunteerism and also to educate student on the importance and benefits of locally grown food."
Earlier this summer, DCCG volunteers joined Kathryn to build, fill and plant four garden beds, located at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with a variety of vegetables and herbs including cucumbers, carrots, summber squash, peppers and basil. The crops harvested from the garden will be donated to community sites in need of fresh produce.
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