Title of Session

Service-Learning for Georgia Southern's Public Health Students

Presentation Format

Poster

Intended Audience

All Audiences

Program Abstract

Dr. Moya Alfonso designed a service-learning project in her Public Health class that promotes education to students of a locally government funded community through the support of their hard working parents. As the project facilitator, I have organized Dr. Alfonso’s students to create a focus group for the parents of Cone Homes about ways to promote success in the classroom. The data we collect this semester will be used to create a parent involvement group next spring.

Presentation Description

Service-learning is trending across American universities, and it has enjoyed a pleasuring stay at Georgia Southern for the past few years. The ultimate goal of this service-learning project is to increase education. We want our Georgia Southern students to gain an extremely valuable experience that pertains to their field of study while benefitting the families of Cone Homes by putting a spotlight on educational success.

The operators of Cone Homes have been very open and supportive of our mission thus far. Another service-learning project has been put into place in Cone Homes for the past couple of years that provides tutoring to the young students after school. Therefore, our university has begun to establish a great deal of trust with the students and parents of the community. With that, we have been proving that we are there for long-term benefits for their children.

Dr. Alfonso’s students have been separated into several groups to make this project come to life. Each is responsible for collecting data for certain factors that will contribute to a successful outcome on the project.

Later this month we will be conducting a focus group with the parents of Cone Homes that will be based off of the research preciously conducted. We have advertised for the group and will be providing food for the parents that attend. The objective of this meeting will be to see what the parents are looking for and need in order to be the best support system for their child’s growing education. Based on what we collect, we will introduce an entire program made specifically for those parents in the spring of 2016.

Location

Embassy Suites Hotel

Start Date

4-13-2016 5:00 PM

End Date

4-13-2016 7:00 PM

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Service-Learning for Georgia Southern's Public Health Students

Embassy Suites Hotel

Service-learning is trending across American universities, and it has enjoyed a pleasuring stay at Georgia Southern for the past few years. The ultimate goal of this service-learning project is to increase education. We want our Georgia Southern students to gain an extremely valuable experience that pertains to their field of study while benefitting the families of Cone Homes by putting a spotlight on educational success.

The operators of Cone Homes have been very open and supportive of our mission thus far. Another service-learning project has been put into place in Cone Homes for the past couple of years that provides tutoring to the young students after school. Therefore, our university has begun to establish a great deal of trust with the students and parents of the community. With that, we have been proving that we are there for long-term benefits for their children.

Dr. Alfonso’s students have been separated into several groups to make this project come to life. Each is responsible for collecting data for certain factors that will contribute to a successful outcome on the project.

Later this month we will be conducting a focus group with the parents of Cone Homes that will be based off of the research preciously conducted. We have advertised for the group and will be providing food for the parents that attend. The objective of this meeting will be to see what the parents are looking for and need in order to be the best support system for their child’s growing education. Based on what we collect, we will introduce an entire program made specifically for those parents in the spring of 2016.