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Students, Faculty and Staff can get involved in a variety of programs, as well as access service initiatives for the classroom. Our current programs and services include:
Bonner Leaders Program/NJ AmeriCorps
The Bonner Leader Program is a campus-based community service program, through which students can work directly with local non-profit organizations in an intensive, sustained manner. Each Bonner Leader serves a minimum of 10 hours a week, with the ultimate goal of completing 300 hours of service by the end of the academic year. Bonner Leaders also participate in national student conferences and weekly leadership trainings workshops.
Middlesex County College is one of only two community colleges in the national AmeriCorps/Bonner network. Bonner Leaders perform three hundred hours of direct service in local community programs, while also participating in National Student conferences and leadership Training workshops.
Benefits of acceptance into the MCC Bonner Leader Program include compensation through Federal Work Study (if applicable) as well as an AmeriCorps Education Award, granted once 300 hours of service are completed. Additionally, Bonner Leaders benefit through professional and personal development, exclusive leadership training, and life-long friendships!
Democracy House Club
Founded in September 2010, the Democracy House Club is one of Democracy House’s newest initiatives. Due to enormous student interest in civic engagement and community service, the Center created a student club dedicated to providing services for the community, as well as promoting student leadership and public service. The Democracy House Club will also participate in bi-weekly/monthly meetings focused on training, service reflection and student development.
Campus-Wide Days of Service
Throughout the academic year, Democracy House provides one-day opportunities to participate in service for MCC students, faculty and staff. “Days of Service” may include a guest speakers, as well as reflective panels or workshops to provide an educational component to all service events.
Democracy House provides services and support for faculty interested in implementing a service component to their course. Support includes sample syllabus, class projects and connections to service opportunities in Middlesex County.
Throughout the year, Democracy House, in conjunction with the Department of History and Social Science, strives to sponsor a variety of awareness raising events. Recent events include the college’s first annual One Billion Rising and Take Back the Night initiatives, which both aim to raise awareness of sexual assault and gender violence on college campuses.