Group Service Partnerships
Park scholars share their communications talents across a variety of partnerships with local organizations. Upper-level Park scholars assume key leadership roles in these collaborations. For the 2015 - 2016 academic year, following are the Park scholar group service partnerships:
Collective impact occurs when organizations from different sectors agree to solve a specific social problem using a common agenda, aligning their efforts, and using common measures of success. In this new group service project, Park Scholars are working with Ithaca College's Office of Civic Engagement to compile a comprehensive summary of various local socioeconomic issues including education, structural poverty, racism, food systems, reducing waste, energy efficiency, renewable energy, transportation system, housing dignity, health promotion, grassroots leadership and youth planning. Scholars will research and evaluate local community groups as well as on campus groups involved in off campus advocacy or community service initiatives. This information will be available on the Office of Civic Engagement's website that will be accessible to students, faculty, and staff, and community partners as future knowledge of what is being done, what is not being done, and how one can get involved in those areas of public interest.
Holocaust Education Project:
This new group service project began this fall when Park Scholars paired with the Ithaca Area United Jewish Community IAUJC) to put together a curriculum for high school students using true stories told by Holocaust survivors in the Tompkins County area. Park Scholars are going out into the community to interview these survivors and document their stories. This footage, as well as pre-existing clips archived by the IAUJC, are being used to compile educational video segments that can be used in local high school classrooms or found online on the web platform that is being constructed to house the video curriculum.
Media Club exists to educate elementary, middle and high school students about media through various literacy and production based workshops. Park Scholars design and implement curriculum and lead students through a variety of interactive projects and assignments. This year, Scholars will be working with two elementary schools, one middle school, a high school, and two community organizations. They will teach classes on broadcast journalism, coding, photography, advertising, film, and/or other general media topics. This project allows the Park Scholars to share their passion and talent for media with community members.
Megaphone Media Productions:
Megaphone Media Productions is a student-run organization that provides free media support to non-profit organizations in the City of Ithaca. In the past, Megaphone has helped organizations utilize media outlets such as radio, television, print, and Internet services to successfully promote they to the local community. This year, Megaphone is working with the Ithaca College Natural Lands (ICNL) and the YMCA of Ithaca and Tompkins County. ICNL is both an organization and a physical space dedicated to promoting sustainability practices within the greater Ithaca community and provide opportunities for both recreation and hands on student learning in the natural areas surrounding the Ithaca College campus. Possible ICNL projects include creating a guided tour through the use of a web-based or app-based program, redesigning marketing materials, and providing marketing & social media proposals that can be used by ICNL staff and interns after this project is over. Work with the YMCA will likely include website and app development, along with other media projects yet to be determined.