Approved Service Activities

  • Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Building Hope in the City @ Hope Alliance
  • Carroll Reads 
  • CHUH School District Options Program
  • Fatima Aftercare Tutoring
  • Fatima Boys and Girls Club
  • Griot Village Data Analysis
  • * JCU Lobo Learning Lab – Bio/Chem H.S. Tutoring
  • * JCU Lobo Learning Lab –Math Tutoring
  • Lake Erie Ink 6th Grade
  • Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men’s Shelter
  • Noble Elementary Tutoring
  • Roxboro Middle School Tutoring
  • * Seeds of Literacy 
  • St. Francis School Math Tutoring
  • St. Martin de Porres High School After School Tutoring
  • The Intergenerational School
  • The Saturday Tutoring Program

(*Denotes Virtual Opportunity)


Fall 2021 Weekly Service Activity Descriptions

Boys Hope Girls Hope

  • Only participants over the age of 18 may register for this activity. Service participants will work with Boys Hope Girls Hope Scholars from grades 7 through 12 to directly support academic programming led by Boys Hope Girls Hope educators. The Boys Hope Girls Hope staff will help to match JCU students and BHGH Scholars based on the areas of tutoring need, and the JCU student’s academic strengths. This service is highly structured, and participants should be comfortable with focusing on academic achievement with the students. During the second hour, students will support middle school students in recreation time in the gym, art studio, or maker’s space. 

Building Hope in the City

  • Service participants will tutor and mentor students in an after school tutoring program at Hope Alliance Bible Church. Participants will also share a snack to build community with students and other program volunteers.

Carroll Reads

  • Carroll Reads tutors virtually work one-on-one with elementary school students at Shoreview Elementary and St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary on teacher-directed literacy skills. Tutors complete an initial training course that includes basic tutoring strategies, early childhood pedagogical best practices, cultural competency, and information on specific populations served. Tutors are responsible for helping students process new information and refine their existing skills while providing them with positive encouragement. This program was developed by former JCU Professor, Dr. Cathy Rosemary, and research has shown it to be an effective early literacy program. 

CHUH School District Options Program 

  • Service participants assist teachers by providing individual tutoring for students who are completing high school through an online curriculum, and preparing for the Ohio State Test. (OST)

Eliza Bryant Village Adult Day Music & Memory

  • Service participants in this activity will build relationships and explore memories with seniors in Adult Day through assisting residents with their personalized music playlist and/or talking about music. Additionally, volunteers will be asked to assist Music Therapist with loading songs onto iTunes and completing listening logs.

Eliza Bryant Village Games and Fun

  • Service participants in this activity will build relationships with residents in Skilled Nursing of Eliza Bryant Village by assisting with transporting those in wheelchairs to and from the activity room and sharing with the seniors in structured recreational activities including bingo, arts and crafts, trivia games, and cards.

Eliza Bryant Village Skilled Nursing Nail Spa 

  • Service participants in this activity will build relationships with residents in Skilled Nursing at Eliza Bryant Village by painting the nails of interested residents as well as offering hand massages. Male and female participants are welcome!

 Esperanza Family ESL Class

  • JCU students must be proficient in Spanish in order to participate in this activity. JCU students will facilitate group lessons and teach English as a Second Language to families in Esperanza’s Family Engagement Program. JCU students should be comfortable communicating in Spanish and English (written, verbal, interpersonal). Class content is provided by Esperanza Inc. professionals. 

Evergreen Cooperative Green City Growers

  • Service participants in this activity will help Green City Grower employees with the tasks of operating an urban greenhouse, while learning about and experiencing Evergreen Cooperative’s business model.

Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation Data Analysis – On Campus

  • Service participants will work to analyze and conceptualize data sets from the U.S. census, and historical data from Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation past events and neighborhood demographics under the guidance of a Fairfax Renaissance Corporation staff person. Participants should be comfortable using Microsoft Excel. This event will meet weekly on campus.

 Fatima Family Center

  • Service participants in this activity work with Fatima’s after-school program for 1st – 8th grade students, assisting Fatima staff and providing one-on-one, drop-in tutoring tailored to the students’ academic needs. 

IMPACT Youth Enrichment Program

  • Service participants will assist with the IMPACT Youth Enrichment Program, an afterschool prevention program for Shaker Heights Middle School 7th and 8th graders in collaboration with UUCC and the Shaker Heights Youth Center. The program promotes leadership, service, wellness and academics.

Jennings Center Opening Minds through Art

  • Service participants in this activity participate in the Opening Minds through Art intergenerational art-making program at the Jennings Center for Older Adults. The program is designed to provide opportunities for creative self-expression and social engagement for people with Dementia and other forms of neurocognitive disorders. Participants will be paired with an older adult, and will be trained to provide guidance during the art-making process.

JCU LOBO L.A.B.

  • JCU CSSA and service-learning students will offer weekly virtual programming with the launch of a “Tutoring and Student Engagement Center” online. JCU’s LOBO L.A.B. (Learning and Beyond) programming includes:

JCU – Middle School Math Tutoring

  • JCU students virtually work one-on-one and in small groups with elementary students on math homework and enrichment. Tutors are responsible for helping students process new information and refine their existing skills while providing them with positive encouragement with the goal of making math fun!. NOTE: Strong personal math skills and comfort in the subject area is preferred.  

JCU – High School Science Tutoring

  • JCU students virtually work one-on-one and in small groups to tutor students from Cleveland Central Catholic in general high school science topics. 

Lake Erie Ink

  • JCU students will virtually assist 6th grade students in an in-class creative writing program run by Lake Erie Ink at Mary Bethune School in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The goal of the program is to foster creative expression and social-emotional learning, improve reading and writing, and build students’ self-confidence as writers.

L’Arche Community 

  • Service participants build relationships with adults with intellectual disabilities that are part of the L’Arche Community. L’Arche (A French word meaning “the ark” – as in Noah’s ark) is an international faith community where people with and without disabilities share their lives together. Service participants will be sharing in everyday activities such as helping to clean, cooking supper, setting the table, doing laundry, going for a walk, playing basketball or Frisbee, listening to music, or just “hanging out” and relaxing. Service participants will be invited to share a meal with the home each week and share in a time of prayer and reflection with them.  L’Arche invites participants to “be with” L’Arche members, not “do for” them; and service participants are encouraged to share their own ideas about ways and activities through which they can build community.

Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry Men’s Shelter

  • Art Workshop: Service participants will work on basic art projects alongside shelter residents.  No art experience needed. Projects include painting canvases with pictures already drawn in; simple coloring books for adults; vision board collages. The workshop is led by a volunteer facilitator open to students sharing their own ideas for very simple art projects. Requirements: interest in simple conversation with shelter residents.
  • Current Events Discussion: JCU students in this activity build relationships with LMM Men’s Shelter residents by participating in a weekly Current Events Discussion, facilitated by LMM’s Director of Advocacy, Margie Glick. Topics range from politics and global issues to celebrities and pop culture. In this activity, JCU students will be invited to bring in issues from the news that they would like to discuss. This activity involves comfortable interaction with men who are experiencing homelessness.  Participants must be able to initiate and engage in conversation with this population, in an ordered forum of discussion.
  • Poetry Group: JCU students build relationships with LMM Men’s Shelter residents by participating in a weekly poetry group. The group of volunteers and shelter residents begin by reading and discussing published poetry, and then are invited to write and share poetry of their own. This activity involves direct interaction with men who are experiencing homelessness. Students must be able to initiate and engage in conversation with this population. If you are uncomfortable with these requirements, please select a different activity.

Noble Elementary Tutoring 

  • Service participants assist students with homework and other enrichment activities during this after school program. This program serves many of the school’s English Language Learners.

Roxboro Middle School Connects Program

  • Service participants assist students with math homework and other enrichment and youth development activities in this after school program.

Seeds of Literacy

  • Service participants will work one on one under the direction of a Seeds of Literacy educator to tutor adults for GED preparation and work to break a root cause of poverty: illiteracy.

The Intergenerational School

  • Service participants in this activity work one-on-one and in small groups with K-2nd grade students on reading, elementary math skills, and homework help in all subject areas. Tutors are responsible for helping students process new information and refine their existing skills while providing them with positive encouragement. 

The Saturday Tutoring Program

  • JCU students in this activity are able to select the age-range of the children with whom they’d like to work with. Educational materials are provided and sessions are supervised by retired teachers. Participants work one-on-one or in small groups with children, clarifying information, guiding students through practice problems, checking for understanding, and providing encouragement.

St. Francis School 

  • Math Tutoring   JCU students work one-on-one and in small groups with 7th-grade students on math homework and enrichment. Tutors are responsible for helping students process new information and refine their existing skills while providing them with positive encouragement. NOTE: Math or Math Education majors are preferred for this activity. Otherwise, those registering for this activity must be strong in personal math skills and comfortable tutoring in math.

 St. Martin de Porres High School

  • After school tutoring: JCU students will provide guided tutoring for St. Martin de Porres High School students in an after school credit recovery program. JCU students will provide 1-1 or 1-2 assistance to St. Martin’s students who are studying help in specific course subjects. Answers and materials will be provided.

St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School

  • Philosophy class: JCU students will lead a philosophy discussion group with St. Thomas 6th graders as part of the PL 204 service-learning course.

Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy 

  • Service participants will be tutoring and providing one on one assistance to high school students at the Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, a unique school in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District System that provides a welcoming learning environment for students who have just arrived to Cleveland from other countries and Puerto Rico. The Pre K – 12 school is designed to help students find their way in a new country with a different language and different customs. The school provides rigorous English as a Second Language (ESL) intervention classes and a comprehensive academic program.

University Hospitals Rainbow Connects

  • Rainbow connects is a program at the new University Hospitals Rainbow Center for Women and Children that links patients and families to resources to address needs related to the social determinants of health such as: food insecurity; utility assistance; clothing; furniture; baby supplies etc. Rainbow Connects hosts two full-time employees and relies heavily on volunteers. Volunteers screen patients and families for resources to address those needs, and when possible, follow-up with screened participants to see if they were able to access the resource or have any additional needs. Volunteers work with each family to select 1-2 resources that are seen as a priority. This program requires a full academic year commitment, and involves a weekly commitment of 4 hours virtual hours from home. Students must apply for this opportunity.

US Together: Refugee Reception and Placement

  • Service participants will build relationships with refugees by helping to facilitate cultural orientations, and self-sufficiency workshops using training and materials provided.  

Yoga Reach

  • Service participants will participate in yoga sessions with Mayfield Village Adaptive Recreation individuals with disabilities, assisting Yoga Reach staff and, above all, “being” with the participants. This activity involves participation with individuals with physical, sensory, or developmental disabilities; service participants should be patient and understanding. But the main thing is to provide interaction with the participants and have fun! Service participants who are uncomfortable working with this population are encouraged to select a different activity.

YouthAbility

  • Conversation Club (Virtual):. JCU students partner with developmentally-challenged teens and young adults to practice social skills, professionalism, conversation starters, and have mentoring opportunities. This safe and fun group virtual setting allows participants to practice forming relationships.  
  • Fitness Fun: JCU students partner with developmentally-challenged and at-risk teens and young adults. Together, they participate in a group fitness class which includes stretching, cardio, strength, and balance. YouthAbility promotes health and wellness as a part of their empowerment mission. They teach their participants that if they want to help others, they must help themselves by being healthy.
  • Gardening:  Service participants partner with developmentally-challenged teens and young adults to garden in a horticulture club. The YouthAbility Ambassadors upkeep the gardens near the Jewish Community Center.  
  • Short Story Club (Virtual): JCU students partner with developmentally-challenged teens and young adults to share, listen, discuss, and write short stories in a virtual group setting.

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