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Tuesday, May 31 • 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Taking Volunteering to the Next Level: Co-curricular Service Learning Programs Fostering a Community for Low-Income and First-Generation Students

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Studies have shown that first-generation and low- income students often struggle with the transition to college. Further, many students would like to participate in community engagement activities, but doing so may reduce their ability to earn a much needed income. To assist students in overcoming these obstacles, the Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning (OSEEL) at Northern Illinois University collaborates with a number of campus and community partners to offer two paid, co-curricular service-learning programs, Huskie Service Scholars (HSS) and NIU Service Leaders (NIUSL. These programs provide students with the opportunity to make a difference on campus or in the community, grow their academic, social, civic, and professional skills, and create a support network of peers and staff. Further, the financial support offered allows students to earn income while giving back. This session will present the strategies used while implementing programs for first-generation and low income students, the similarities and important differences between the two programs, and the learning and personal outcomes that students experience.

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Michaela Holtz

Associate Director and Coordinator for Community Engagement, NIU Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning
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Katlyn Luebke

Office Worker, NIU Office of Student Engagement & Experiential Learning

Tuesday May 31, 2016 4:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
Michigan Room 351