Engaged Citizen Corps

Engaged Citizen Corps an intentionally designed curriculum and service year experience for entering first year students that exposes members to issues of social justice while providing them hands on experience to impact their community. Students dedicate themselves not only to weekly service hours, but to making connections between their community experiences and academic pursuits. The service project will be directly integrated in to the assignments and activities of 3 courses and a year-long seminar (11 credits) and still allow students the opportunity to take other courses towards the pursuit of their major. Building on the work of Capital Crossroads, the Tomorrow Plan and the Central Iowa Opportunity Community Plan, Engaged Citizen Corps students are expected to work on projects that help organizations build capacity while enhancing economic and community development goals.

 How to get your agency involved:

Drake University is seeking interested partner agencies for our 2018-2019 Engaged Citizen Corps service year program. Priority will be given to agencies working within the Drake Neighborhood, but all Greater Des Moines nonprofits, municipalities, schools, and government agencies are encouraged to apply! 

The Engaged Citizen Corps Program Overview 2018 will provide information in detail about the program. 

Ready to apply? Complete the ECC Agency Application 2018; applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and sites selected until all slots are filled.‌ Priority deadline is March 1.  An ECC MOA 2018 will need to be signed by all parties and payment received by June 15, 2017 unless other arrangements have been made.

Questions? We strongly encourage interested partner agencies to contact the Engaged Citizen Corps Coordinator Amanda Martin, amanda.martin@drake.edu or 515-271-2767 or Director Renee Sedlacek, renee.sedlacek@drake.edu or 271-2454, directly if they have questions or are uncertain about the funding and/or deadlines. 


This program was selected as the winner for the national Service + Higher Ed Innovation Challenge. Challenge and funding made possible by National Conference on CitizenshipThe Aspen Institute Franklin Project and Lumina Foundation. The 2017-2018 program will also be supported by Iowa Campus Compact ICAP (Iowa College AmeriCorps Program).


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