Community Engagement Stories

Massage is beneficial to college students. Not only stress and anxiety and depression or relaxation, yet also the physical aspects of bodywork that is offered to students. The work we do contributes to the health, well-being, and, ultimately, success of our students by fostering better posture, relieving muscle tension in hands, back, neck shoulder and has many other positive benefits.

College is more than the knowledge from text books. It is also how to better your life. Massage affects health that will affect the life of the student as well.

“Many of the students participating in the Grant are Adults going to college for the first time and are on the academic deans list. A large number of Grant participants have started successful businesses, for example: Video production company producing car commercials and sporting events, video production creating social documentaries, several have started successful photography companies, and marketing companies.

One participant started his own company and has now hired 3 other Grant participants. One participant who had a degree in Marketing but no digital art skills was hired by a Marketing company because of the skills he obtained from the Certificate he received. The CBJT Grant is providing life changing opportunities to students that may have never had the chance to attend college, and are now working at jobs they thought would never be possible.”

“I've learned that my biggest weakness is procrastination & time management. Instead of not being stressed out with the work during the week, at the end of the week I'm cramming in everything at once causing more stress. I've found that my procrastination comes from my time management. If I better manage my time then there will be no need to procrastinate. I set myself up at the beginning of the week. I look over what I have to do for the week & then make aplan to break it all down & get it done well before.

I have applied a lot of what I have learned from this course into my everyday life. I set one of my goals as "get a better paying job". I read a section in our weekly readings about what makes a desirable employee. I took this info & applied it to not only how I acted in interviews, but also into updating the skills section of my resume. It really helped me because that next week I went to an interview, presented myself accordingly, & was offered an amazing job, which I took.

Many in the community recognize the need for extra help in Federally funded ‘Title I’ elementary schools. What many don’t recognize are the benefits that accrue to students who help fill this need by volunteering in such schools. Students acquire confidence and the kinds of subject mastery that equip them with the tools they’ll need to achieve success in their own programs.

Many Title I schools are begging for volunteers to work with all the children in their school that are below reading level. Not Title I Nibley Park Elementary School. Depending on the time of day you walk into Nibley Park’s Tutoring room you will find a SLCC student at each small round table working with a child that they tutor each week in reading. Sometimes it is so crowded that two tutors will be sharing the table with two children. The SLCC students are tutoring and earning their Title IV federal work-study award as part of the Thayne Center‘s America Reads Program.

Two quiet America Reads Tutors, Gabbe and Eh, sharing a table with a small boy playing a matching game with this week’s new reading words, and a little girl that has finished her reading assignment and is playing a spelling game with Gabbe. Hailey is letting her rambunctious boy she tutors read the latest copy of The Diary of a Whimpy Kid for his assignment. There are no books in his home so he watches the clock to make sure Hailey picks him up on time so he can read the next chapter on the days he goes to the reading room to build his reading comprehension. When Hailey missed two days due to illness he reprimanded her for leaving him for “ a whole year”, even though they both knew she missed two days.

The SLCC student volunteers are all different ages, getting degrees in various majors, what they have in common is they are SLCC students earning their Title IV federal work-study award by leaving campus, going to Nibley Park Elementary School to tutor and mentor children that cannot read at their school level. Sometimes the child can read really well in their first language that is not English. They are upset to go to the tutoring room until Alex comes to their class and picks them up. He tells them what they are going to do today with him and if they finish it all he will play a game with them. He tells them he will come and get them every Wednesday that there is school, which is for the next ten weeks. If he cannot come he will let them know. Soon all the children in the hallways are asking Eh, Gabbe, Alex and all the SLCC America Reads tutors to please choose them to take to the tutoring room. They all want to hang out with a college student twice a week too.

Michelle Vance is an incredible SLCC student. She came to SLCC as a non-traditional student. As she viewed the SLCC scholarship site she realized she needed more than financial help. She needed had the desire to learn leadership skills. Michelle applied for SLICE: Student Leaders in Civic Engagement. She was selected because of her experience in volunteering and civic engagement. Michelle has volunteered in over 20 non-profits in the past two years. She found her passion. She wanted to help others with mental illness. She became part of the non-profit, National Alliance on Mental Illness:NOMI. Here are some of her reflective words. “I learned how I can connect with others in recovery, what peer support is, how it is a billable service, what is being done around the nation with peer support and I learned a lot from others in a training on what helps them with their recovery.”

“This has to do with the SLICE mission and vision because I can use this training going forward when I am civically engaged to be able to connect with others and help them to do better with their own life. This issue relates to poverty and mental health, it has taught me that everyone operates differently and I can connect with them by using different methods. Going forward I will be able to relate to others in recovery to build cooperative relationships and make our community better.” These are the kind of students SLCC is sending out into the world.

Service-Learning students at SLCC are promoting High Impact Practices in order to help SLCC and the Thayne Center for Service & Learning engage in the community. Students in Jennifer Courtney’s English 2010 service-learning course created a fun, hip video promoting academic service-learning and involvement opportunities.

In addition, students gear their writing assignments toward specific real-world issues in community settings and learn about civic discourse. The video is used for promotional and educational purposes and supports the Thayne Center who is in need of contemporary stories demonstrate that we help SLCC meet our community development mission.