Partnerships

On campus 

Faculty at WMU 

We are partnered with several Western Michigan University faculty members in the College of Education and Human Development as well as a faculty member in the Department of Spanish. Collaboration with faculty have centered around their course requirement that all their students complete a required amount of service hours (10 to 20 hours) with one of the service sites we are coordinating. We continue to look for additional faculty in need of a service-learning component to partner with.

Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs 

The MI GEAR UP Program provides staff members to supervise tutoring, snacks to youth, and bus tokens for rides home from tutoring at Hillside and Linden Grove Middle Schools. Also, MI GEAR UP staff collaborates with the service-learning program in planning and administrative duties that support the day-to-day operation of the program. 

Upward Bound Program 

The Upward Bound Program provides staff members to supervise tutoring, snacks to youth, and bus tokens for rides home from tutoring at Kalamazoo Central and Loy Norrix High Schools. Upward Bound staff also collaborates with the service-learning program in planning and administrative duties that support the day-to-day operation of the program.

Off campus 

Kalamazoo Public Schools 

Service learners are placed at each site to provide morning and after-school tutoring and mentorship to youth. Our service learners also assist with the daily advisory and NovaNET classes. In the advisory class, high school seniors prepare their final research papers and presentations and the service learners have an opportunity to assist these students with their assignments.