ERIC Number: ED338754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Building Better Communities with Student Volunteers. An Evaluation Report on the Student Community Service Program.
Enterprises for New Directions, Inc., Washington, DC.; ACTION, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Research and Evaluation.
As the first awardees in the Student Community Service (SCS) program conclude their third and final year of funding and as SCS becomes an established part of ACTION's system of volunteer opportunities, it seems a proper time to evaluate the program. This evaluation examines whether the SCS has made a difference in the host communities served, and whether it has met its basic goals to nourish student voluntarism through local projects. The SCS encourages full-time high school or college students to undertake community service in low-income communities. In 1987 ACTION, the Federal Domestic Volunteer Agency, funded 55 projects under the SCS, 44 of which received third-year grants in 1989. In all, ACTION has funded 138 projects in its 3-year history, with 121 of these projects active through 1989. This evaluation looks at 40 projects that, in 1989, enrolled 20,505 students (about 25% high school students), who provided 335,095 service hours during the year. Student volunteers are a valuable resource in their communities, making possible many services that could not otherwise be provided. The volunteers themselves gained a diversity of benefits from their service. Current volunteers are proving to be effective recruiters for the programs, and most project directors believe that their efforts will continue following the end of ACTION support. This paper includes 5 bar graphs and 10 tables. A reference list cites 21 sources. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Enterprises for New Directions, Inc., Washington, DC.; ACTION, Washington, DC. Office of Policy Research and Evaluation.