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Service

The Honors Program is committed to getting involved in the community. We work in and around Philadelphia at various service sites to connect with our neighbors. There are also opportunities for students to engage in service within the Honors Program. 

Alternative Spring Break

The Honors Program Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a unique opportunity for students who would like to spend their break helping in their community and learn more about how to be civically engaged in the city they call home. During Drexel’s spring break, a small cohort of selected Honors Program students and staff work with multiple non-profit organizations in the Philadelphia area. Students will work together for a week-long in-depth service trip focused on issues such as poverty, homelessness and inequality. Students will reside together for this week and hold discussions and debriefs about their experiences. Prior to Alternative Spring Break, students will meet regularly to discuss and learn about various topics affected Philadelphia in order to prepare for the content they will face. The group is also responsible for fundraising for the cost of transportation, housing and other living expenses that come along with Alternative Spring Break. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who would like to learn more about their community, their Honors cohort, and the nature of civic engagement.

Commitment: Honors Alternative Spring Break students will meet weekly for 1 hour to prepare for their trip in the Spring. Each student is additionally given a fundraising goal and is responsible for fundraising during this time. Additionally, students are expected to commit to the full week of break (between winter and spring terms) for their service learning component of the experience. After completion of this experience and its requirements, students will receive one Honors credit.

Apply: Applications available in November. All updates available in the Honors Program newsletter!

Leadership

Honors Program students are not only academically talented and motivated, but are also have the ambition and drive to become active leaders within the Honors Program. All Honors Program Leaders contribute to the Honors Program Community and play an important role for Honors programming. Each leadership position has its own set of requirements and application processes.

Honors Program Ambassadors

The Honors Program Ambassadors Program is a unique leadership opportunity for engaged first-year Honors Program Students who are excited about sharing their experiences with others. Honors Ambassadors meet with prospective high school students thinking about attending Drexel and participate in other informational events including Prospective Student Days, New Dragon Days and Accepted Students Days.

Honors Program Ambassadors will additionally meet with approximately 2 prospective students per term and will speak extensively about the Program, give tours of Millennium Hall’s Honors LLC, take students to a class, and answer any questions about the Honors experience. An Honors Program Student Ambassador is a wonderful representative of the Program and its offerings.

Commitment: Honors Program Ambassadors will typically host 2 students over the Winter and Spring terms. Ambassadors will also be asked to volunteer at 3-4 informational sessions including Prospective Student Days, New Dragon Days and Accepted Students Days.

Apply: Applications available in late Fall or early Winter. All updates available in the Honors Program newsletter!

Honors Orientation Leaders

An Honors Orientation Leader is an upperclassmen Honors student who wants to assist incoming Honors Program students with their transition to Drexel during Honors Student Orientation yet cannot necessarily fulfill a larger time commitment like being an Honors Program Mentor. Honors Orientation Leaders facilitate ice-breakers, group activities, answer questions, and help their group move through the orientation schedule.

Each Honors Orientation Leader works with a group of 20-30 incoming Honors freshmen and should bring excitement and enthusiasm to their group, keeping them energized and interested throughout the day.

Commitment: Honors Orientation takes place during Welcome Week, often the week before classes start in the fall.

Apply: Applications available in June. All updates available in the Honors Program newsletter!

Honors Mentors

An Honors Mentor is an upperclassmen student who is interested in facilitating meaningful activities and events to a group of approximately 30-35 Honors Program first-year students. An Honors Mentor serves as a confidant and resource for their mentees and provides a safe space for their cohort to support one another throughout their first year at Drexel. Mentors act as a representative of the Honors Program and answers any questions or concerns their mentees might have, as well as being available via phone and email throughout the duration of their mentee’s first year.

During the year, Mentors are asked to plan 3 events per term that allow for their mentees to become acclimated to Drexel, the city of Philadelphia and their first-year experience. Please see below for Honors Mentor requirements:

  • 3 Events per Term- Team Building, Academic, Community Outreach 
  • 1 Group Mentor Event (for the year)- Mentor groups will be divided into separate committees based upon their desired group mentor event.
  • Monthly Mentor Meetings- 1 meeting per month where will be planning future events, discussing committee plans and talking next steps.
  • Commitment: This is a one-year commitment and Mentors will need to be accessible to campus Fall, Winter, and Spring terms. Students who are on co-op must have a co-op that allows them to be near campus.

Apply: Applications available in June. All updates available in the Honors Program newsletter!