Immersion Dates: Friday, March 11 â€“ Saturday, March 19, 2011
Location: New York CityÂ
Size: 12 students
Program Director: Professor Jay Brandenberger
Seminar Assistant: Debbie Blasko
Course Instructors: KalseaÂ Koss, GaoliÂ Saedi, Susan Gundersen
Deadline: 11:59 p.m. EST, Thursday, January 20, 2011
This course involves community based learning, but is not a service learning course. While the opportunity for brief service may beÂ available, the primary emphasis during immersion will be to learn from individualsÂ that work with children living in poverty or those who work to address relevant issues facing these children.
The Children and Poverty Seminar is a unique opportunity for student participants to examineÂ important issues concerning children and youth challenged by urban poverty in the United States. The seminar will focus in particular on early intervention and prevention, education, public policy, and community outreach. Participants will begin their exploration during orientation sessions, where the current state of children in poverty will be examinedÂ from multiple perspectives and within different domains. The issues discussed during the orientation sessions will prepare students for visits in with various organizations in New York City who deal with these issues on a daily basis.
During a week of immersion in New York City, participants will learn from individualsÂ and community-based organizations. Visits with both children and program administrators will enable participants to experience first-hand the realities of growing up in poverty. In addition, the learning opportunities uniquely presented by New York City will be jointly utilizedÂ to enhance the experience. Each night, participants will have the opportunityÂ to reflectÂ upon their experiences through daily facilitated discussions centered on local childrenâ€™s organizations and solution-centered outcomes to the problems concerningÂ youth and poverty. Participants are encouragedÂ to examineÂ a particular interest or topics related to children living in poverty and examine this issue throughout the various organizations.
Upon return to Notre Dame/South Bend, follow-up meetings will be conductedÂ to integrate participantsâ€™ experiences during the immersion with the overarching course themes.
â€“Center for Social Concern
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