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ERIC Number: ED015399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 1
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HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS AND THE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT.
LOWE, GILBERT A., JR.
THIS REPORT DESCRIBES THE INVOLVEMENT OF HOWARD UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IN A FIVE-YEAR COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT IN THE SECOND PRECINCT IN WASHINGTON, D.C., BETWEEN 1961 AND 1966. THE PROJECT WAS PLANNED TO--(1) MOBILIZE AND ASSIST THE MORE THAN 160 CHURCHES IN THE AREA, (2) SURVEY THE NEEDS OF THE RESIDENTS AND HELP THEM SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS, (3) CONTRIBUTE TO FAMILY DEVELOPMENT, (4) INITIATE PROGRAMS OF SELF-HELP, (5) DEVELOP A MODEL FOR OTHER COMMUNITIES, AND (6) PROVIDE A TRAINING FACILITY FOR STUDENTS. MANY STUDENTS WORKED AS VOLUNTEERS IN RESEARCH OR IN ACTION PROGRAMS IN THE COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY THOSE INVOLVING YOUTH. OTHER STUDENTS WORKED AS PAID ASSISTANTS IN THE PROJECT. PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED REVOLVED AROUND MATCHING THE INTERESTS OF STUDENTS WITH PROGRAMS, MAINTAINING A HIGH LEVEL OF MOTIVATION, THE LENGTH OF TIME STUDENTS COULD CONTRIBUTE, AND THE ABSENCE OF A CONCRETE ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY GOVERNING FACULTY AND STUDENT INVOLVEMENT. THE PROJECT SHOWED THAT AN URBAN UNIVERSITY IN COLLABORATION WITH CHURCHES CAN EFFECT SOME POSITIVE CHANGES IN SOCIAL CONDITIONS AND THAT RESIDENTS CAN BE MOTIVATED TO HELP THEMSELVES. THE OBJECTIVE MOST RELEVANT TO STUDENTS WAS THE PROVISION OF A TRAINING FACILITY IN PROVIDING FIELD WORK EXPERIENCE AND SUBJECT MATTER FOR PAPERS AND THESES. THIS ARTICLE APPEARED IN THE JOURNAL OF NEGRO EDUCATION, VOLUME 36, NUMBER 4, FALL, 1967. (PT)
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Identifiers: Howard University DC; WASHINGTON