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ECC Partner Agencies

Drake University is exploring partnerships with non-profit organizations to host an Engaged Citizen Corps student for the 2020-2021 academic year. Students are supported academically through the classroom, tying their service work with you into 9 credits throughout their first year at Drake. 

Engaged Citizen Corps Host Site Info Meeting - Feb. 19, 3:30pm at the Office of Community Engaged Learning. Potential host sites are invited to learn about the Engaged Citizen Corps program  and what hosting a student entails. Contact amanda.martin@drake.edu to register. 

Engaged Citizen Corps students serve approximately 8 hours a week throughout the academic year (250-300 hours total), and are expected to work on projects that help organizations build capacity.

Examples of past projects/tasks:

  • Create content for social media, newsletters, blogs, etc. to raise awareness of organization
  • Develop databases and analyze data
  • Conduct client profiles, conduct oral history projects
  • Develop streamlined processes
  • Create manuals and handbooks
  • Recruit volunteers for your organization (in 2018-2019, ECC members recruited more than 100 volunteers for their host agencies!)

Partner agencies also have the opportunity to participate in professional development and networking opportunities with other community agencies. 

Click here for the Engaged Citizen Corps Program Overview 2020-2021.

Who are the students?

ECC students are first-year students at Drake who have applied and been accepted to the program. The ECC attracts students of the highest academic and community accomplishments. Students who apply to the ECC have an average GPA of 3.86.  ECC applicants were leaders of high school service clubs and organizations such as National Honor Society, 4H clubs, Key clubs, Student Council and some even founded organizations at their schools, such as Junior Optimist clubs, Black Student Unions, and Students Promoting Justice and Equality. They’ve gone on service trips locally and abroad, and have attended national leadership conferences and summits. They are eager and ready to learn from you and support your organization!

How to get your agency involved:

Applications for 2020-2021 are now open. Priority deadline is March 15, 2020. Reach out to amanda.martin@drake.edu to set up a meeting to discuss more.  We expect to make all decisions no later than May 1, 2020, for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

The cost share for sites is $1,750 - an estimated value of $6,900 in human resources - which helps support student scholarships. 

Questions? We strongly encourage interested partner agencies to contact the Engaged Citizen Corps Coordinator Amanda Martin, amanda.martin@drake.edu or 515-271-2767 if they are interested or have questions.

What are agencies saying?

"Our ECC student had a big impact on the capacity of our staff. We were able to complete projects that have been on the back burner for years!"

"I am very grateful to Drake and its students for the opportunity to participate in ECC.  It has been extremely beneficial to HOME, Inc. I appreciate the opportunity of working with such bright, hard-working young people.  I also welcome the opportunity to introduce them to the non-profit world and the people we serve.  Both of our students have had made an impact on HOME, Inc."  

2019-2020 participating partner agencies: Anawim Housing, Home Inc., Children and Family Urban Movement, Iowa State Ext/Polk County 4H,  Impact Community Action, Evelyn K Davis Center, Center for Social Ministry, Grubb YMCA, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter, DMARC, Eat Greater Des Moines, Willkie House 

Examples of past participating agencies: DART, EMBARC, Community Housing Initiatives, Rebuilding Together, Des Moines Music Coalition, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, Iowa Radio Reading Information Service for the Blind and Print Handicapped, Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, Genesis Youth Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement

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