Service program seeks new leaders

The Linfield Office of Community Engagement and Service is presenting a new service program for the 2011-12 academic year called the Linfield Change Corps, and it is seeking student leaders to fulfill the five positions being offered.

The program will consist of two directors, who will coordinate, promote and recruit for various theme areas. One director will oversee the Alternative Spring Break program and first-year programs, and the other will oversee communications and special events. Both of these positions will be paid through federal work study, Jessica Wade, community service coordinator said.

Under the direction of these leaders, there will be three issue area service coordinators who will develop projects to help the Environment & Conservation Service, Youth Development & Literacy and Poverty: Hunger & Housing Service. These positions will be paid through a stipend and will make the student leaders eligible for the AmeriCorps Students in Service (SIS) Award, Wade said.

“We really want to cultivate more opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom, which means creating more leadership opportunities,” Wade said.

She said that the creation of this program started after Lizzie Martinez class of ’09 and vista student engagement coordinator, was hired. Martinez researched leadership structures at other schools and convened focus groups with student leaders to determine students’ areas of interest.

“We focused on developing service opportunities and programs that could be student run and led,” Wade said. “Student leaders are the best way to recruit other students.”

Wade said that the Office of Community Engagement and Service will hire a new Vista Student Engagement Coordinator because Martinez is going to graduate school.

“I’m excited for this program because it will build tremendous capacity for leadership opportunities and capacity for the community,” Wade said.

Martinez and Wade are accepting résumés and cover letters until 5 p.m. April 18. They are due to Walker 124 or to Interviews will take place April 22, 25 and 26 with the help of a panel of Wade, Martinez and outgoing student leaders.

After hiring, training will take place on May 7. For full descriptions of the available positions, visit

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