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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 2021-2022 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 students serve approximately 8-10 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. 

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

Click here for the Engaged Citizen Corps Program Overview 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! If you would like to help mentor a first-year student in their engaged citizen journey, this program is for you! 

*While the site supervisors will have the opportunity to meet the students in advance and do a ranking process, they do not choose which student will serve at their site. 

How to get your agency involved:

Apply here. 

Questions? We strongly encourage interested partner agencies to contact the Engaged Citizen Corps Coordinator Amanda Martin, 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!"

"This program is incredibly fulfilling for both the organization and the Drake ECC student. It gives the student an opportunity to get real world experience at a nonprofit while simultaneously allowing the nonprofit to bring awareness to their organization. The opportunity to mold and shape the mind of a young student is also invaluable. We get to have an impact on the future leaders of our community!"

"I would absolutely recommend partnering with Drake's Engaged Citizen Corps program! They recruit and welcome a diverse group of students with a variety of strong skills. The perspective these students bring to organizations is impeccable. They approach tasks and situations with fresh perspective and the result is amazing!"

"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.  Our ECC students have had made an impact on HOME, Inc."  

2020-2021 participating partner agencies: Home Inc., Iowa State Ext/Polk County 4H,  Impact Community Action, Center for Social Ministry, Eat Greater Des Moines, Saint Vincent de Paul, Proteus, Inc., Children & Families of Iowa, Iowa Public Health Association, Drake University Community Engagement Office 

Examples of past participating agencies: Anawim Housing,Children and Family Urban Movement, DART, EMBARC, Grubb YMCA, Community Housing Initiatives, Evelyn K Davis Center, Youth Emergency Services and Shelter, DMARC, 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, Willkie House 

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