MANSFIELD - Mansfield University has been selected to participate in the AmeriCorps Community Fellows program by PennSERVE: The Governor's Office of Citizen Service.
The program is for student leaders who are willing to volunteer to assist in college readiness, college access, or college success.
Twelve MU students are taking part in the program. They have one year to complete 300 service hours in exchange for an education award of $1,175. They also attend a bi-weekly meeting to log hours, discuss activities and share ideas and engage in professional development activities.
According to Jessica Trump, chair of the Department of Academic Initiatives and campus administrator of the program, the students will be volunteering at local schools and daycares to engage students in learning through the use of music, and through read-alouds, and volunteering as tutors and hosting workshops in local schools on a variety of topics related to college readiness and college success.
On campus, the Community Fellows will be serving as peer mentors for freshmen and other underclassmen within their majors and any students in need, as well as hosting workshops on a variety of topics related to college success.
"This is a great opportunity to get students involved in various service learning activities," Trump said. "It supports the local community's needs in the areas of college access and success; it supports the four values of the Mansfield University Creed, and it gives those students involved the opportunity to become better leaders."
For more information on the Community Fellows program, Americorp and PennSERVE, go to dli.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/ pennserve.