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Community Service Blog

The autumn term is well underway, and the Scott/Ross Center is bustling. We have three new Graduate Liaisons in the office: Alex Mazariegos is our Promising Pals coordinator. He is a candidate for the M.A. in Children's Literature/M.F.A. in Writing for Children, and has been a research assistant in the School of Social Work. Promising Pals is a literacy/mentorship program that pairs students at the Timilty Middle School in Roxbury with an adult pen pal...

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This summer, Victoria Glover'15 spent part of her S/RC Fellowship at YW Boston. With an interest in finance and as a long time Bostonian she reports about her experience working at such a venerable organization. For years, I would walk past the YWCA building in the Back Bay and assume it was a gym facility exclusively for women. I pictured a similar set up as the many YMCAs in the Boston area. Without the opportunity...

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Natalie Lowell reflects on her experience with A2CE a multiyear service and leadership development opportunity for Simmons undergraduates through which she spent four years with the Women's Lunch Place. I roll over, turn off my alarm and realize it's a Friday, which means I'm on the T by 6:30am in order to get to Newbury Street. I get off at Arlington and walk to the basement door of the Church of the Covenant. The women...

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Students are back and the spring semester classes begin this week! As great it is to see them all, it is was also nice to have the chance to get caught up some reading over the extended break. I was lucky enough to have some thought provoking, informative and enjoyable reading materials shared with me and I am happy to share them with you. Check out One Billion Rising. Our own Marissa Johnson's '14 poem...

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Earlier this month, the S/RC Fellows finished their nine week immersion into the nonprofit and grant making worlds. This culminated with an inspirational final presentation at the Boston Foundation, where Marissa, Leah and Jen shared their transformative experiences. Beyond the access to motivational leaders, philanthropic staff and all areas of nonprofit management, the fellowship experience also included having the chance to do direct service at their community partner placements. This became an important piece to...

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Summer can be a quieter time on campus. There is a lot of planning, reflecting and anticipation for the coming fall and the welcome of new students and return of current students. For the Scott/Ross Center Fellows it is a time to build new skills, expand on experiences and really immerse themselves in exploring the nonprofit sector and the connection to philanthropy and grant making. I am excited to share an excerpt from a reflection...

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Simmons College was recently recognized as one of the top higher education institutions in the area of student community service in the country. This is the fifth time that the College has been named to the "Honor Roll with Distinction" level of the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Simmons has been recognized for it's community service programs for all seven of the years...

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Shauna Deleon, Simmons Girls LEAP student leader is the New England Patriot Charitable Foundation Volunteer of the Week! This huge honor recognizes Shauna for her 3 years of volunteerism and leadership in keeping girls safe! This week (November 11-17th) the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation is celebrating volunteers who give their time for organizations which focus on "Violence, Prevention & Bullying." The Celebrate Volunteerism campaign also encourages fans to personally go out into the community...

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This spring, Simmons undergraduate students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge about the grant-making process through a new hands-on course made possible by the Learning by Giving Foundation. In MGMT/SW 290 Learning by Giving: Philanthropy in Practice, Simmons students from all areas of the college will be able to participate in working with and distributing $10,000 to local nonprofit organizations that empower women and girls. Students are given full responsibility for deciding how...

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This summer, the Scott/Ross Center Fellowship in Nonprofit Management provided three Simmons students an opportunity to explore nonprofit management to learn if this was a potential career path for them. In addition to spending over two weeks at an intensive immersion in philanthropy and grant making at the Boston Foundation, the Fellows completed an additional six weeks with six Boston area nonprofits undertaking grant research and writing, program development and evaluation. They also had the...

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The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service facilitates and promotes community service and service-learning for Simmons College students, faculty and staff in Greater Boston and beyond. By developing reciprocal partnerships with community-based organizations, we enrich and expand students' educational and co-curricular experiences.

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