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Service Learning Examples at UMSL

Jody Miller; Criminology and Criminal Justice, Spring 2007

Community Partners: Women’s Eastern Reception, Diagnostic, and Correctional Center (WERDCC) and C.H.A.M.P. service dog training program

The Need: The CHAMPS prison-based service dog-training program was created to improve offenders’ transition back to society by helping them learn positive interaction, social, and job related skills. However, the organization did not have any data to support their endeavors.

The Project: Students were responsible for designing and executing all aspects of a qualitative research evaluation of the CHAMPS prison program at WERDCC. They researched, produced literature reviews, developed interview guides, conducted interviews with participants, shared feedback, and pooled data for analysis that they then compiled into a final report for CHAMP, WERDCC, and the Missouri Department of Corrections.

Deb Maltby; English 3100, 2009

Community Partners: Girls Inc.

The Need:  Many of the girls participating in the after-school program were struggling with homework and academic success. 

The Project:  Eight students were placed at Girls Inc. as tutors and a new “study hall” session was created as an after-school program option.  Three students also researched other literacy sites in St. Louis that could potentially partner with the organization.  

Kristi Tucciaroni; Media Studies, Fall 2009

Community Partner: Beyond Housing (BH)

The Need:  In response to the foreclosure crisis in Pagedale BH organized a series of foreclosure prevention and financial health workshops free for residents.  They were unsure as how best advertise these workshops in surrounding neighborhoods.

The Project:  Students decided to design a door hanger and used teams to tackle different aspects (design, graphics, and text writing).