Outreach & Service Learning Center
Welcome to Outreach & Service Learning Center! We are a grant-funded program through Campus Compact with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Outreach & Service Learning Center recognizes the valuable resource of our students and utilizes them to provide peer-to-peer mentoring, advocacy and to plan and coordinate campus and community-based service learning opportunities to support students in their goals of achieving academic success and program completion.
Overview of Program
The Outreach & Service Learning Center project uses students who have been successful in college as Peer Advocates (PAs) or mentors for those students new to the college who have applied to the project. In conjunction with developmental education courses, C2C students participate in community-engaged learning activities through projects coordinated by PAs and campus community engagement offices.
PAs work with C2C student to:
- Support students in setting goals
- Help students make connections to college life
- Help students achieving academic success
- Help students navigate college systems
- Help students link to college services designed to help students be successful
Request a Mentor
Students eligible for being matched with a Peer Advocate in the C2C peer mentoring and service learning program are
- Domestic students who are new to the college (within one year of first day of attendance)
- Enrolled in developmental reading, writing, and math classes.
Note: Students who do not meet the above criteria, will still be provided a peer mentor through the Commencement Achievement Program (CAP) and the Master Achiever Center (MAC).
If you would like to request a Peer Advocate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
How to become a Peer Advocate
- Apply in SA-266
- Complete application paperwork
- Have at least one letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff that indicates confidence in their interpersonal skills
- Have cumulative GPA 2.5 or better
- Be in good standing with the college
- Have a screening interview
- Receive 4-6 hours of training before being matched with C2C students
What is the role of a Peer Advocate
- Provide mentoring to C2C students individually, in study tables and in developmental education classes
- Support C2C students in setting goals
- Help C2C students make connections to college life
- Help C2C students achieving academic success
- Help C2C students navigate college systems
- Help C2C students link to college services designed to help students be successful
- Plan and implement service learning activities with mentees
Certificates of Appreciation or Achievement
Volunteer PAs' hours will be monitored, and each PA will be eligible for Certificates of Appreciation or Achievement after a set number of hours have been tracked. These certificates clearly show the number of hours performed of commitment to civic or campus engagement. Such documentation can be very useful when students apply to transfer to 4-year institutions.