Quotes from Students in Past Practicums

"The WG Practicum course has helped me a lot this summer at my internship in a non-profit. Experience with things like logic models, mission statements, and other concrete tools for community change has been really professionally useful to me in the non-profit world." ~Lily Elderkin '18

"The Waltham Group practicum course provided a unique opportunity to explore service in an academic setting. Through discussions and individual assignments, I learned how to write grants and community organize, among others. Most importantly, this course has given me the chance to develop my WG program into new directions." ~Sofia Lavrentyeva '17

Two Credit Waltham Group Practicum

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Course Format and Content: 

This two-credit experiential learning practicum course is designed to provide students with opportunities to think critically about their leadership in the Waltham Group as it relates to community engagement. Divided into four units-- Foundations of Service, Responsible Leadership, Theory and Policy, and Development-- the academic content will complement the work students are doing in their organizations and support their leadership roles. This course will also introduce students to a wide range of faculty, community partners, and guest speakers who will bring their expertise to various class topics. The hands-on volunteer work students perform each week will serve as the foundation for a project and presentation at the end of the semester.

There are four units which are further explained below:

1) Foundations of Service (Service-Learning History, Community Partnerships, Community Needs and Asset Mapping)

2) Responsible Leadership (Evaluation/Assessment, Risk Management, Leadership and Managing Volunteers)

3) Theory and Policy (Social Constructs and Context, Policy/Lobbying, and Community Organizing/Advocacy)

4)  Development (Philanthropy, Grant Writing, and Marketing). 

Learning Outcomes:
Students will be able to:

1.     Synthesize the history of service learning and community engagement in order to clearly articulate their own philosophy regarding their work in the Waltham Group.

2.     Assess and implement changes to their programs by drawing on topics presented in all four units.

3.     Exercise personal reflection techniques to examine connections between course material and experiences in their personal lives, careers, and world.

4.     Persuade and assess donors and development, evaluate leadership styles, strategically develop assessment tools, and provide examples of how marketing and advocacy impacts community engagement.

Who can Enroll: 
Currently only Waltham Group Coordinators can enroll in this two-credit practicum. There are no other pre-requisites. 

The class is capped at 15 students and is filled on a first-come, first-enroll basis.  

Course Information:
The course will be offered on Wednesdays from 2pm-3:30pm during the fall 2017 semester. If you are a current Waltham Group coordinator or coordinator-in-training, please email Lucas Malo and/or Lauren Soares for an access code.

Course Instructors:
Lucas Malo, Director of Community Service, and Lauren Soares, Community Service Specialist teach the course. Its important ot note that there will be  faculty and community partner guest speakers throughout the course. 

Can I still log my service hours in the Commitment to Service Award Program (CTSA) even if I receive course credit for them? Yes, students engaging in service, whether it be co-curricular or curricular can log volunteer hours. Meeting or class hours, however, cannot count unless the time
 was spent planning or completing a community service activity. Organized group reflection activities on one's service work can count under the reflection category when logging hours in Sage.