Over the 2014-2015 academic year, the Thayne Center for Service & Learning worked with 5,305 students who contributed 122,082 hours of service in our community, a contribution valued at $2.81 million dollars. (www.independentsector.org).
Students interested in building their resume, leadership abilities, academic and professional references, networking, and job skills should explore the Thayne Center’s service leadership programs.
Students can graduate with distinction as a Civically Engaged Scholar, travel and serve on an Alternative Break trip — even lead a trip! — or earn financial aid making a difference as an elementary school literacy tutor in the America Reads program.
Service-learning classes take your education beyond the classroom and into the community.
In addition, there are limited grants available, up to $500 per project, to fund your work in the community. You can find a list of designated service-learning courses on the Thayne Center website.
The service-learning program itself is managed in Academic Affairs by Lucy Smith, Service-Learning Coordinator. Her office is temporarily in AAB 337 and will eventually be in TB 315.
The Thayne Center’s Alternative Break program, in partnership with the Disability Resource Center, offers fall and spring break service experiences.
Each trip focuses on a specific theme: Environmental justice in Seattle, Washington; Hunger and homelessness in San Francisco, California; Animal rights in Kanab, Utah; Indigenous rights in Hopi Nation, Arizona; and a local fall break in Salt Lake City centers around food insecurity.
The costs of the trips are partially subsidized by student fees.
Explore these opportunities online at www.slcc.edu/thaynecenter, or contact the Thayne Center at 801-957-4555.