Drexel Community Scholars
Requesting Drexel Community Scholars
Through the Lindy Center's Drexel Community Scholar (DCS) program, Drexel student leaders are placed in long term positions to help build sustained relationships with community organizations to support community capacity building through student volunteer recruitment and retention. Community organizations that work with the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement are eligible to apply for a DCS. Approval depends on the type of public service opportunity available and the availability of an interested DCS who can commit to the partnership.
How does it work?
Too often, the needs of community organizations are such that a short-term service project can both hinder the programming of the organization and leave our students less empowered through their service. In order to lessen the burden on the community partner and provide a better experience for our students, we recruit and train experienced students to help build capacity of community partners while helping to recruit and orient additional Drexel University student volunteers to an organization, ultimately leading to a quality experience and greater student volunteer retention.
How do I request a Drexel Community Scholar?
The criteria for matching DCS with community partners include the demonstrated level of need, the proximity to our campus, and the volume of student volunteers that have served that organization over the course of the last school year. Our goal is to continue to identify organizations, especially those in the 19104 zip code, with a demonstrated need for a student leader to serve as a liaison. If this opportunity appeals to you or to discuss recruiting a site leader for your organization, contact Ryan O’Connor.
Do you offer any support to the Community Partner hosting a Drexel Community Scholar?
Yes. Each year the Lindy Center for Civic Engagement hosts an orientation to support all the DCS partner sites, and offers ongoing networking opportunities.
Meet some of the current DCS and learn more about the work that they do.