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"If you really want to stand out from the crowd and be recognized by society, then it is the quality of contribution which you make to others that counts.”  Wynona Lipman (Former NJ State Senator)

At NJIT, we are committed to fostering opportunities for students to share their skills, talents and enthusiasm through service for the benefit of our communities.  Through the civic engagement programs in CDS, our students have become an invaluable resource of both technical and non-technical help for local and regional agencies.  We link students, alumni, faculty, and staff directly to community service activities with non-profit organizations located in and around Newark, and throughout the state of New Jersey.

Through both volunteer and paid service opportunities, students assist public and non-profit agencies in meeting their objectives to help improve the quality of life in our communities.  Participants in these programs have become an invaluable resource of both technical and non-technical help for local and regional agencies.

View our upcoming Civic Engagement Calendar.
 

 

For more information, please contact the Office of Career Development Services
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NJIT Community of Caring Volunteers

NJIT's clearinghouse lists opportunities for students interested in providing volunteer service to community and public agencies. Students can also participate in organized, pre-planned events sponsored by the NJIT Service Corps.

The first NJIT “Community of Caring” campaign was launched in 2002, as a concerted outreach to promote the good work of NJIT students, faculty and staff and to challenge the campus community to provide at least 10,000 hours of service each year to the citizens of our communities.   Students, staff, and faculty are able to contribute hours through our Community Connections volunteer referral service or through specific CDS civic engagement programs.

Who Can Participate

The program is open to members of the NJIT community who are interested in giving their time and commitment to others.

What Volunteers Are Doing?

  • Help preparing and serve food at Eva's Soup Kitchen and Shelter.
  • Collect clothing for the homeless through the Bessie Green Foundation.
  • Help caring for babies with AIDS at St. Michael's Medical Center.
  • Preparing and bagging food for the needy at Project S.H.A.R.E.
  • Help building homes for those in need with Habitat for Humanity.

Why Participate?

Volunteerism provides opportunities for hands-on experience, networking and a chance for personal growth - all part of the educational experience. These linkages provide agencies with needed assistance and provide students, faculty, and staff with the sense that they have lent a helping hand to the community.

How To Participate?

 


Civic Engagement Computer Center at NJIT

The Civic Engagement Computer Center at NJIT is a student-staffed resource of technical computer support through virtual volunteer projects for community agencies.   Established in 2002 with a $10,000 donation from Lucent Technologies, Inc., the Center provides an avenue for NJIT students to connect their academics skills with civic engagement experience.

Over 60 NJIT students have volunteered or worked to produce technical solutions for web design, data management, and basic computer training needs for community organizations such as Newark Public Schools, Newark Literacy Campaign, Clinton Hill Weed and Seed, Council for Higher Education in Newark, and Somerset Children’s Choir.

NJIT Learn to End Hunger Program

Civic Engagement has partnered with other local NJ colleges, government agencies, and community partners to engage volunteers in the LEARN TO END HUNGER Campaign for New Jersey. Responsible and committed student volunteers assist community residents in food stamp enrollment, serving at local food pantries/shelters, and participating in community education workshops. Students eligible for Community Service Federal Work-Study awards may also apply.

Engineering Better Readers Program

Sponsored by the Engineering Leadership Foundation and Birdsall Services Group, NJIT students have the opportunity to network and partner with NJIT engineering alumni, engineering companies, and the NJIT Civil Engineering Department to volunteer as a Collaborative Reader.  Open to all NJIT engineering majors or any NJIT student who want to help improve children’s enthusiasm and comprehension of reading.

Civic Engagement Programs

Through both volunteer and paid service opportunities, students assist public and non-profit agencies in meeting their objectives to help improve the quality of life in our communities.  Participants in these programs have become an invaluable resource of both technical and non-technical help for local and regional agencies.

 

            NJIT Community of Caring Volunteers

NJIT “Community of Caring” campaign is a concerted outreach to promote the good work of NJIT students, faculty & staff and to challenge the campus community to provide over 45,000 hours of service each year to the citizens of our communities.   Volunteers are able to contribute hours through our community connection referral service or through specific CDS civic engagement program. Click for more info

NJIT Community Service Work-Study Program

This federally subsidized program offers eligible students the option of working in non-profit agencies, public schools, or governmental agencies to earn a work-study award.  CSWS provides students the opportunity to earn part of the funds needed to cover educational cost and offers organizations an economical way to meet short-term staffing needs. Click for more info

NJIT America Learns

NJIT Literacy Corps engage student tutors in local schools and after-school sites. We work to help ensure that children in the Greater Newark area will be able to understand math concepts and read well and independently by the end of the 8th grade.  Federal work-study eligible students and student volunteers provide one-on-one and group tutoring for over 350 children annually in Newark public schools and community agencies. Click for more info

Civic Engagement Computer Center @ NJIT

The Civic Engagement Computer Center @ NJIT is a student-supported resource of technical computer support through virtual volunteer projects for community agencies.  Our volunteer and work-study students produce webpage designs, data management, and basic computer training needs of community organizations such as Newark Public Schools, Newark Literacy Campaign, Donate a Toothbrush, Legal Aid of NJ, FOCUS, and the Zeuner Foundation. Click for more info

Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is intended to challenge participants to take a more active role in the local and global community through service, activism, and academia.  To provide opportunities for hands on experience, this facilitates critical thinking, exchanges of ideas and bringing academic concepts to real life experiences.  Students can contribute one day or their entire Spring break.

First Year Service Day

First Year Service Day brings together NJIT’s first year students to participate in service projects at community organizations and schools.  It is one of the hallmark events for Freshmen during their move-in weekend.  It is an urban expedition to new places and experiences that has quickly become a cherished NJIT tradition. 

Big Brother/Big Sister Partnership

The NJIT and Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) partnership focuses on a school-based mentoring program at University Heights Charter School (UHCS), with meetings at UHCS during student weekly or bi-weekly lunch periods for 4 hours per month.   BBBS’ existing partnership with UHCS was expanded to launch the NJIT/UHCS mentoring program.   

Newark Beautification Initiative (NBI)

The Newark Beautification Initiative is a locally funded initiative sponsored by the City of Newark in partnership with NJIT.   The summer program consists of the design, construction and planting of at least five community gardens placed within each ward in the City.  The goal is to provide 175 young people from Newark ages 16 – 19 with employment, technology, education and enrichment opportunities within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related college and career experiences. 

NJIT Service-Learning Program

NJIT students may complete a 30-hour community service activity or project for courses that include a service-related component or a faculty monitored senior project/independent study class.  Projects are designed to offer practical experience in a social service setting, that reinforces academic and career goals.  Successful involvement in community-based service experiences not only enhanced career preparation but also provides opportunities for students to hone leadership skills in a service environmentClick for more info

 

 


 


NJIT America Learns Literacy Corps

President Clinton announced the American Reads Challenge in 1996. This initiative calls on all Americans to support teachers and help ensure that every American child can read well and independently by the end of the third grade. The NJIT Literacy Corps allows eligible students the option of serving as tutors for children who need extra help to read well. NJIT students work with the Newark Literacy Campaign, elementary schools, and as part of the Greater Newark American Reads Program.

 

Who Can Participate

Students who have been awarded federal college work-study and are in good academic standing.

 

What Students Are Doing

Students are serving as academic and technology tutors in local schools, after-school programs, and community centers in Newark. 

 

How to Participate

Eligible students should contact Nadyrah Amin at amin@njit.edu or 973.596.3645.

 

The President's Volunteer Service Award

America has a long and proud tradition of volunteer service. Now more than ever, volunteers are renewing their commitment to helping others and making new connections that bring us closer together as families, as neighbors, as communities, and as a nation.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award program is a great way to thank and honor those who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation, and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families, and groups that have achieved a certain standard – measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.

Awards are given to youth ages 14 and under who have completed 50 or more hours of volunteer service; individuals 15 and older who have completed 100 or more hours; and families or groups who have completed 200 or more hours. Lifetime achievement is recognized with a special President's Call to Service Award, which honors those who have provided more than 4,000 hours of service over the course of their lifetime.

For more information about the President’s Volunteer Service Award, visit www.presidentialserviceawards.gov.

Service Learning Program

 Service Learning Program At NJIT, Service Learning offers a connection between technology-focused academics, and engagement-based experiences in the surrounding communities.  NJIT students complete a 30-hour community service activity or project for courses that include a service-related component, or a faculty monitored senior project/independent study class.  Projects are designed to offer practical experience in a social service setting that reinforces academic and career goals.
 

Who Can Participate

Eligible students must be enrolled in select courses.

 

What Students Are Doing

The Office of Civic Engagement has developed partnerships with many non-profit agencies and identifies projects and activities that students may choose. Students may also identify their own projects or community placements.

  • An architecture student developed a renovation plan for a senior citizen daycare facility at New Community Corporation.
  • Students designed and implemented needs assessment surveys for the Newark Museum and Project S.H.A.R.E.
  • A student interested in oral communication interviewed senior citizens who told the rich history of Newark on video.
  • Students trained the staff at St. Michael's Medical Center on various computer software packages.

 

Why Participate

The program provides students with opportunities to be actively involved in the community, learn about community needs, develop commitment to helping others, and test academic theory in a practical manner.

 

How to Participate

Students can register for courses that already include a community service component or can express an interest to their professor in incorporating a community service-related project or activity into their academic experience. Staff members from the NJIT Office of Civic Engagement can help students locate a project or activity.

 

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