MacCormick Literary Project
Park Scholars visit residents of the MacCormick Secure Center in Brooktondale, NY, to help them tell their stories. Park Scholars give writing lessons and help the residents compile their writing and drawing into a literary magazine. Park Scholars thus help these residents find their voices, as they also help them prepare for life outside the facility.
Art Club provides opportunities for Ithaca elementary school students to develop their creative talents and discover ways to express their feelings and share their experiences through the visual arts. Park Scholars design, organize, and carry out projects; they also solicit ideas from the elementary school students and help them to bring their ideas to fruition.
Through The Village, an organization focused on educational equity in Ithaca, Park Scholars work with school-aged members of the Ithaca community. Park Scholars have helped students develop a project to tell the stories of people who fought for civil rights, organized a clothing drive, worked together to empower minority students' voices, tutored students of all ages through the organization’s drop-in tutoring program, and helped students create social justice video content.
Park Scholars visit retirement communities in Ithaca to provide one-on-one technology assistance; this project was formerly known as the Connecting Elders with Technology (CET) initiative. Park Scholars not only provide residents of the retirement communities with practical tips and in-depth instruction on the use of specific devices; they also help to educate residents on the impact of communication technology and social media in the community.