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"The Engaged Citizen Corps has been one of the most influential programs I've been involved in. I have learned professional skills, learned about service learning, made amazing friends, and have received awesome experiences. This program has given me more than a first-year internship but a community surrounded by self improvement and community building." -Emily Hanna, 2018-2019 ECC cohort

"As I look back upon my first couple months of Engaged Citizen Corps I’m blown away with the opportunities I’ve been given to grow as a person and within a professional setting. Through Engaged Citizen Corps, I’ve met my best friends, developed a sense of professionalism, and grown my understanding of the world around me. At my site, I’ve learned several things about non-profit work, while having the opportunity to become more involved and knowledgeable in the Des Moines community. While ECC is a larger time commitment, I’ve loved having the opportunity to become involved within and outside the Drake community on such a large level as a first-year student. As a first-year student, I’m so thankful for the opportunities given to me by Engaged Citizen Corps, and I know the things I’m learning in the program will definitely be taken further into my college career." - Taylor Fisher, 2018-2019 ECC cohort

"The Engaged Citizen Corps has allowed me to give back to the Des Moines community while also working on my professional skills. I have been able to take what I've learned in the classroom and apply it to my internship. It has given me a head start for my career building." -Amber Guzzo, 2018-2019 ECC cohort

"Being a member of ECC has incredibly broadened my horizons. It allowed me to grow in so many ways - as a student, as a person, and especially as a community member. I understand what it means to truly belong to a community and give back to it. As a student from out of state, it was enlightening to create connections outside of Drake's campus and engage with the Des Moines community. In fact, due to my time with ECC, I am now employed by the nonprofit with which I interned. ECC is genuinely a life-changing experience." - Sabrina Uddin, 2017-2018 ECC cohort 

“The Engaged Citizen Corps offered me the opportunity to see the words “community” and “engaged citizen” in a new light. Now, they are no longer empty words. They hold memories of inspiring people, social action, and a diverse Des Moines.” - Brittany Freeman, 2017-2018 ECC cohort


Faculty Testimonials:

“First-year, Engaged Citizen Corps (ECC) students have been given seats in my SCSS 80 Social Problems class for several semesters. While the course ordinarily is limited to second-year students and above, the ECC students have both made important contributions to their classmates and benefitted in doing so. Discussions are lively and on point, the required reading and writing are a bit demanding, and ECC students, who are interested particularly in ways to turn their academic work toward social change, have been great additions to the class”. -Dr. Joseph Schneider, Ellis and Nelle Levitt Distinguished Professor of Sociology

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