FAU’s Center for Civic Engagement and Service to Initiate Civic Awareness and Leadership in Students
BOCA RATON, FL (October 16, 2007) – Florida Atlantic University has recently developed the Center for Civic Engagement and Service (CCES), a university-wide initiative that develops partnerships between the university and general community, providing service opportunities to faculty, staff and students. The center also promotes the link between curriculum and service, fostering civic awareness and future leaders through civic responsibility and community service. The CCES serves students on all of FAU’s campuses, with offices located at Boca Raton, Davie, Jupiter and the Treasure Coast campuses.
“We are excited about the future of the Center for Civic Engagement and Service,” said Dr. Charles Brown, FAU’s vice president of student affairs. “It provides coordinated opportunities for all FAU students to become engaged in civic and community service projects, providing our students with extensive experience in planning, organizing and leadership development.”
Formerly the Daniel Weppner Volunteer Center, the CCES was formed when FAU representatives went through an extensive strategic planning process in regards to community service and service-learning, a community-based curricular approach to link more nonprofit organizations with FAU students and expert faculty. Since 2004, more than 1,600 students have worked with the volunteer center, logging more than 100,000 hours of service, which translates into a dollar value of approximately $1.4 million. During the 2006-07 academic year, more than 600 students reported 42,449 hours of service, representing a dollar value of nearly $800,000.
“I believe our students have the potential to make an impact in our society, and we are glad to support and provide them with meaningful service opportunities in a joint effort with our community-based organizations and faculty,” said Monica Jara, assistant director of the CCES. “We look forward to building more partnerships and providing cutting edge service opportunities for our students in all campuses.”
The CCES plans to offer annual workshops to nonprofit organizations and faculty members. The center also will host many campus-based and university-wide programs throughout the year.
For more information on the Center for Civic Engagement and Service at FAU, visit www.fauvolunteer.org or contact the campus representative:
- Boca Raton Center: Monica Jara, 561-297-3607 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Broward Center: Freddie Frage, 954-236-1096 or email@example.com
- Jupiter Center: Heather Bishara, 561-799-8696 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Port St. Lucie Center: AJ Chase, 772-873-3305 or email@example.com