The Community Service Council’s is a mentorship program that provides John Jay College students with opportunities to participate in community service initiatives in the New York City area during the academic year. The Council will create events and opportunities that give students a valuable out-of-classroom experience that cultivate an awareness of community needs. The Council will strive to bridge John Jay students with their neighborhoods through service activities addressing local social issues. The Council acts as a resource for students and organizations to find and plan service initiatives. The Council represents the Office of Community Outreach & Service-Learning and promotes volunteerism and active citizenship on and off campus.
The Community Service Council is a student-run organization directly advised by professional staff in the Office of Community Outreach & Service-Learning, whose primary purpose is to develop, plan, and implement a variety of community service initiatives for the John Jay College community. The Community Service Council collectively works to plan and implement annual special events (Treats for Troops, Oxfam Hunger Banquet, National Volunteer Week), as well as various service projects (both on campus and at various community partners). The council is comprised of the College Relations Coordinators, Special Events Coordinators, Service Project Coordinators, Semester of Service Coordinators, and Public Relations/Marketing Coordinators.
- Become part of a tight-knit community of fellow student leaders
- Further develop leadership, teambuilding, public speaking, and event planning skills
- Make healthy choices about day-to-day life, from food to exercise and beyond
- Meet and work with community leaders, College staff, and administration
- Earning a stipend of $500 per semester
EXPECTATIONS OF THE COMMUNITY SERVICE COUNCIL MEMBERS
- Demonstrate a commitment to John Jay College, the Office of Community Outreach and the Community Service Council program.
- Serve as a representative of the College by engaging with fellow CSC members, advisors, faculty/staff, students, and community partners in a respectable and appropriate manner.
- Attend bi-weekly staff meetings during community hour
- Complete 10 office hours per week.
- Attend all CSC training dates (TBD)
- Check email on a regular basis to assure that you are informed of important announcements.
- Meet with assigned advisor at least once every two weeks.
- Meet with Co-Coordinators at least once a week.
LEARNING OUTCOMES & COMPETENCIES
- Personal competence (leadership skills and personal development)
- Charitable responsibility (understanding of service)
- Increased competency in the interpersonal skills required of students who serve as a peer resource to other students
- Social justice responsibility (understanding of social justice issues stemming from service work)
- 18+ years of age
- Full-time student (12+ credits)
- Min G.P.A of 2.5
- Completion of 250 hours of service during Community Service Council term (September to May)