ERIC Number: ED040161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
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Overview of the Glassboro VISTA Student Volunteer Program.
Glassboro State Coll., NJ.
In late 1969, Glassboro State College initiated a VISTA volunteer program as a further extension of the community service commitment evidenced by its yearly admission of students from disadvantaged groups on special Martin Luther King Scholarships. Although any Glassboro student (most of whom are education majors) may volunteer for the program, only those whose family income meets New Jersey OEO poverty index criteria receive the $46.00 weekly stipend. The program is divided into a summer phase and a winter phase. During the summer the VISTA volunteer works full-time in the community and participates in a VISTA-related college course, receiving 6 semester hours of credit. During the winter the VISTA volunteer takes 9-12 semester hours of regular college classes and works in the community for the remainder of the time. He receives six credits for the VISTA work. The volunteers live in the community and serve with local community organizations. Some immediate results from the program have been the introduction of a public service elective for academic behavioral science majors, and expansion of community involvement in field experience for teacher trainees. VISTA volunteers have also provided feedback to the college on the relevance of their education. (RT)
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Authoring Institution: Glassboro State Coll., NJ.
Identifiers: VISTA; Volunteers in Service to America