Points of Engagement & Growth (PEG) 3:
Capacity for Leadership:
Providing significant and substantial engagement in the community that is based in a deep commitment to an issue and/or partner agency and involves initiative, communication and collaboration.
Overview of PEG 3: Includes Requirements and Deadlines.
Suggestions for Service Opportunities for PEG 3:
- Internships in the academic year or summer, including those required for majors.
- Community engaged research project, including capstone and work related projects.
- Leadership of break trip, issue workshop or weekly including education & reflection.
- Sustained project focused work with a community partner.
*Sustained projects: please meet with a SPO Staff member to talk about developing a new partnership or utilizing an existing partnership.
- Part of PEG 3 is sharing your experience and your learning with those in the community. Your reflection should include that element.
Considering your PEG 3 experience, please address the following:
1. Briefly describe your experience and any findings or information gained that will benefit the community.
2. Describe/demonstrate what you have learned
- about the agency or issue?
- about the community in which you served?
- about yourself?
3. Describe/demonstrate the elements within this service that enhanced your abilities/experience with communication and collaboration?
4. How do you think your service impacted the issue you were working with and what do you believe are the next steps to continue the work in addressing this issue.
Examples for PEG 3:
After submitting a proposal and having it accepted, completed the following experiences.
Student A – Internship for the major.
- Served 480 hours at the Family Mediation Center to complete her Social Work major requirement during her last semester.
- Her academic capstone project and presentation outlined her work there including research she did at the site and the community partner was invited.
Student B – Summer internship on your own.
- Served 220 hours with a sustainable farm near home to provide free education for the community and support donation of food to a food bank.
- Completed a weekly blog during the internship reflecting on the experience and gave access to the community partner.
Student C – International project through off campus study abroad program.
- Served 70 hours with community organization in Indonesia creating a film that would be used for fundraising.
- Submitted a paper as part of her class that reflected on her experience and was shared along with the film with her community partner.
Student D – Community based research capstone project through major.
- Spent 63 hours working on a research project that examined water quality in the Asheville area to inform local policy makers.
- Presented findings at the capstone carnival and shared them with the community partner.
Student E – Community based project on your own.
- Worked 150 hours with Just Economics to create a handbook allowing them to share their living wage certification program with economic justice organizations in other cities.
- Did an oral presentation to a WWC economics class and presented the work to the community partner.
Student F – Leadership of other students established on your own.
- Lead a weekly trip to support the Asheville Humane Society.
- Worked individually with the partner for 20 hours to create an orientation to present to student volunteers outlining local animal welfare issues and work out trip details.
- Lead the trip for 3 hours each week for one semester, providing training for the volunteers and including reflection on the service (39 hours).
- Submitted a photo essay with narrative reflecting on the experience and shared it online with the partner.
Student G – Leadership through the Service Program.
- Lead a break trip to New York focused on urban agriculture.
- Participated in trip planning and training sessions before the trip (20 hours).
- Lead the group in providing direct service and participating in educational experiences in New York (about 40 hours).
- Lead the group in reflection after the trip returns (about 6 hours).
- Presented to other potential break trip leaders about the trip and the experience of leading it (2 hours).