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Community Engagement Scholars Program:
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Balancing Commitment and Experience
In order to ensure that the Community Engagement Scholar and the host
organization receive the greatest benefit possible, participants in the
program are strongly encouraged to complete a minimum of 20 hours at
each community organization. Sustained commitments made by a student to
an organization over an extended period of time (6 months to a year)
will generate the greatest amount of learning and community benefit. We also encourage students to work with at least two different types of organizations throughout their participation in the
Unlimited and Restricted Hours
Students may record up to 400 unlimited community engagement hours, which may include:
* Community engagement in the campus community may be considered, subject to written request and approval from the Community Engagement Scholars Advisory Board.
- Engagement performed through a non-profit, public agency, or student organization that meets a need in the broader community (i.e. beyond the University
of Minnesota, Twin Cities).*
- Unpaid internships with non-profit or public agencies
through a faith-based organization that benefits the broader community
(e.g. working in an after-school program, food shelf, homeless shelter)
- Involvement through a non-partisan political organization (e.g. Progressive MN, Sierra Club)
- Meeting, planning, and set-up hours (indirect engagement), provided these preparations are for a service that will benefit the broader community, beyond the University.
Students may record up to 200 total hours in the restricted category:
- Community activities completed as part of a course or degree requirement, including engagement hours completed for designated service-learning courses (this includes service-learning courses taken to fulfill the 8-credit Scholars Program requirement).
- Paid service (through work-study, a paid internship, or a job with a nonprofit or public agency)
- Involvement through a partisan political organization (e.g., DFL, Republican party)
Students may not record:
- Work done as part of a for-profit organization.
- Court-mandated community service.
- Service completed independent of an established organization.
- More than 50 hours of community work completed prior to enrollment in the Scholars program. (Retroactive Recognition).