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Service TREK 2014!

This week has flown by! Our Service TREK leaders and their fellow trekkies will be returning to UVM tomorrow morning - their minds filled to the brim with fun stories to share, no doubt. After everyone has unpacked, the leaders and their trekkies will begin a reflection process in which groups and individuals are able to share and process their thoughts, stories, and new experiences. To conclude the day, our Service TREK team will join the Wilderness TREK team to celebrate a job well done with a fun and relaxing BBQ. Way to go TREK! 


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Robots, the President, and AmeriCorps

As part of today’s White House Science Fair, we are announcing a major expansion of STEM AmeriCorps to spur student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math education. A new summer program will place 256 AmeriCorps VISTA members in six Southern states (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia) to connect 18.000 at-risk students in low-performing schools to STEM opportunities. We are also joining with US2020 and Citizen Schools to support 25 AmeriCorps VISTA members serving in seven cities to increase STEM opportunities for girls, underrepresented minorities, and children from low-income families. This expansion builds on existing STEM AmeriCorps partnerships with FIRST, Maker Education Initiative, Citizen Schools, Teach for America, and other organizations. Altogether, these efforts engage tens of thousands of students in STEM learning - building ladders of opportunity and helping our nation compete for the jobs and industries of the future.


Happy Last Day of Classes! Now Plan Ahead for Success!

Where did the year go? Seems like just yesterday we were sending our Service TREK participants out into the community, greeting our new students at the First Year Picnic, signing up for cool stuff at Activities Fest… and suddenly it’s our last day of classes! Congratulations everyone on a fantastic year. 

As we look forward to the next academic year, it’s important to plan ahead. Time flies - so we’ve developed a calendar to help student leaders select dates and plan ahead around major events, see the academic calendar, and reminders for each time of the academic year. 

Download our 2014-2015 planning calendar and other resources to help you manage your student organizations on our website.


Senior Week Catamounts Care Service Day


The Student Alumni Association and Leadership & Civic Engagement Programs in the Department of Student Life are excited for Senior Week Catamounts Care Service Day!

This year, graduating seniors can engage in service projects with the Office of Student and Community Relations and the Ronald McDonald House.  Whether you are helping with the Isham Street Garden Clean-Up, talking with community members and handing out flyers about the Spring Move-Out Project, or baking for families and cleaning up the grounds at the Ronald McDonald House, YOUR SERVICE WILL MAKE AN IMPACT!

Details for Senior Week Catamounts Care Service Day:

  • Monday, May 12th
  • Check in at 9:30AM in Livak Ballroom (Davis Center, 4th Floor)
  • Service projects 10AM - 1PM
  • Rain or Shine - wear weather-appropriate UVM apparel if you can!



Help Community Justice Center Green-Up BTV!

The Burlington Community Justice Center is looking for as many volunteers as possible for graffiti removal throughout the City of Burlington on Green-Up Day!

Date: Saturday, May 8th

Where: Volunteers will meet at several different Green-Up Day hubs and be provided with graffiti removal products and a brief tutorial. 

Questions?  Contact:

Storm Leland | Graffiti Removal Coordinator


Volunteer with Lake Champlain Land Trust

Come out with us for a day (or more than one if you want!) to Niquette Bay in Colchester. We are currently working on a project to help the regrowth of Pitch Pines which are trees that only grow in a rare natural area called Sandplain Forests in Vermont. We’ll be measuring plots and raking leaves off of the forest ground to allow Pitch Pine seedlings to grow. This is a new experiment and we’re very excited about it!

Questions?  Contact Blaise Sullivan, Intern for Lake Champlain Land Trust, at

The mission of the Lake Champlain Land Trust is to save the scenic beauty, natural communities, and recreational amenities of Lake Champlain.


Student Social Justice Training Institute

Colorado State University has the privilege to host the Student Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI) this upcoming summer in mid-July. 

Applications are due Thursday, May 1.

It genuinely is a great space for undergraduate students to build upon their own awareness and develop some skill to engage across differences or simply to engage in intentional ways related to identities, which can rather empowering.

To learn more about this summer’s Student Social Justice Training Institute hosted at Colorado State University, click here.


How Can Volunteering Improve Your Health?

Check out this article on GiveGab about the benefits of volunteering: How Can Volunteering Improve Your Health?

Here is a snipped of what the article states:

- Volunteers feel less depressed

- Volunteers feel healthier

- Volunteering can promote better life choices

- Volunteering promotes social and mental activity

What are your thoughts?


Intern with DREAM!

DREAM is currently looking for summer interns to provide summer programming to DREAM youth in Burlington, Bennington, Rutland, and White River Junction, as well as in the Boston area.

DREAM Summer Community Interns work with a young, passionate group of people to provide engaging summer programming to youth ages five to eighteen living in affordable housing neighborhoods throughout Vermont and in the Boston area. Each intern is responsible for creating a youth enrichment program for a housing community, and also collaborating with other interns and neighborhoods. In addition to developing and implementing activities for the youth, each intern also works closely with families to build and support strong relationships.

This internship is time-intensive and requires a serious level of personal commitment. Interns will be working five awesome days a week from the middle of June through the middle of August. Each week will be divided between time spent with youth and planning and reflection time, resulting in a comprehensive learning experience that will satisfy internship requirements. As a DREAM intern you will be collaborating with others to construct a summer of adventure and exploration for incredible youth…and you’ll have a rockin’ time doing it!

Please visit our website at for the full job description, information on how to apply, and more information about DREAM!


Volunteer … It Might Help You Land Your Next Job


By Greg Tucker


This is National Volunteer Week and we wanted to be sure to highlight one of the greatest benefits of volunteering – it might help you land your next job.

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