Design for Change: Coming to an Afterschool Corps Near You

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Did you attend an NC Service-Learning Coalition Workshop in October?  If so, you are familiar with the Design for Change concept.  Design for Change is a project-based, service-learning curriculum that empowers young people to solve local programs through design-thinking and action. Design Thinking is a process of creating new and innovative ideas to solve a problem. Design for Change takes young people through 4 stages:

  • Feel – Young people observe and list the issues in their community that bother them.
  • Imagine – They interact with folks in their community to identify points of intervention and solutions.
  • Do – They develop and implement an action plan, keeping in mind resources, budget and time.
  • Share – They share their story of change and inspire others to get involved or do their own project.

The NC Afterschool Corps will strengthen afterschool programming in select communities by building the capacity of afterschool and expanded learning programs that serve low-income children, while developing these programs’ connection to local colleges and universities. Corps members will provide services that increase the number and training of volunteers serving with afterschool programs, increase funding and in-kind resources to these programs, and expand local awareness of the value of afterschool. Corps members will also enhance civic and community engagement by implementing Design for Change afterschool programming. Afterschool volunteers and especially Design for Change advisors will be recruited from local college and university students.

NC Campus Compact is partnering with AmeriCorps VISTA for this program, and they are accepting site applications now.  Campuses, school districts, and community-based non-profits can apply. The proposal deadline is March 10, but if organizations are interested and need more time, they should contact Chad Fogleman at cfogleman2@elon.edu.

More information is available here: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/org/nccc/VISTA/VISTA-hostCampus.xhtml