Kellogg Mini-Grant Awardees 2001
In 1998, Penn State and Cheyney University initiated a partnership that was funded by the Kellogg Foundation for the purpose of developing new leadership models that will allow land grant institutions to respond more effectively to the needs of their constituents. Known as the Leadership for Institutional Change Initiative (LINC), the project featured a national dialog among selected land grant universities about defining flexible and dynamic leadership models for the 21st century, and the creation of Leadership Learning Communities at Penn State and Cheyney.
A significant portion of Phase II activity will be the awarding of mini-grants
to diverse teams of campus and community members who are working on projects
that address recognized
Grants for the period of January 1, 2001 to August
31, 2001 have been awarded to the following:
GOALS: To complete a Strategic Plan
for Downtown State College. The plan, when
Youth Leadership Program
GOALS: To develop a leadership program
for the youth of Centre County to promote a better
Penn State York Early Awareness Program
GOALS: To increase the retention rate of high school students from York, Pennsylvania by their participation in a 15-hour summer project. Program activities will enhance student knowledge of postsecondary options including college, vocational training, and career trends. "Learning for life" workshops will include time management, goal setting, and citizenship, focusing on the importance of completing high school and preparing for the real world.
The Philadelphia Field Project
GOALS: To integrate teaching, research and service to the community through a year-round course where undergraduates live, work, and study in an inner-city neighborhood of West Philadelphia.
Leadership Roundtable: Developing Leadership
Skills in PSU's Undergraduate Population 2000 - 2001
GOALS: To identify the opportunities
available to undergraduates to learn about leadership in the Penn State/State
College community and to produce materials to facilitate the sensible
selection of progressively complex and challenging learning experiences
that prepare students for a dynamic future.
Developing an Intensive Leadership Honors Course
for Incoming Freshmen
GOALS: To develop and implement an intensive introductory course that prepares honors students for leadership roles in their communities.
The Upward Bound Math and Science Center
GOALS: To assist students, who are
from low-income families and/or will be the first their families to attend
college, to recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and
science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these
Youth Leadership Program
GOALS: To provide training modules to develop the leadership skills of high school students within the New Kensington region. The overall goal of the project is to inspire lifelong leadership service to school and community. Students who participate in the program will have the opportunity to learn and develop the ability to interact socially, to think creatively, to evaluate critically and to think systematically. They will also learn self-awareness and self-concern through participative decision-making and goal setting.
International Service LearningField Course for
Schreyer Scholars: Pilot Project
GOALS: To develop and implement a
field-based course in international service learning for 20 students on
a pilot basis. The project will engage participants in a meaningful community
development project; learning about the conditions, challenges, and prospects
of a specific world region. Participants will build leadership skills
through networking, fund-raising, and making presentations to school children
and civic groups in their home communities. If evaluations demonstrate
its success, the project will serve as a model for international service
learning projects offered under the auspices of the Schreyer Honors College.
Penn State Promise
To develop and implement a field-based course in international
service learning for 20 students on a pilot basis. The project will engage
participants in a meaningful community development project; learning about
the conditions, challenges, and prospects of a specific world region.
Participants will build leadership skills through networking, fund-raising,
and making presentations to school children and civic groups in their
home communities. If evaluations demonstrate its success, the project
will serve as a model for international service learning projects offered
under the auspices of the Schreyer Honors College.
The Victim to Victory Community Coalition
GOALS: To open dialogue with the leaders from the University and the community to foster improved relations among people of differing races and cultures, and to take action to educate the communities about multiculturalism.
Enhancing the Teaching of Science in Elementary
Schools through School-University Partnership
GOALS: To bring together a collaborative
team of teachers, scientists, and science educators to enhance elementary
science curricula and support the professional development of elementary
teachers. Curriculum enhancements will focus on science content, instructional
strategies, performance assessments, and technology integration.
Did You Know? (High Risk Drinking)
GOALS: To communicate to students
living off campus behavioral expectations and provide information about
healthy behaviors. To increase student awareness of policies and laws,
which govern living in a community, decrease the number of alcohol-related
arrests in the State College community, and decrease the number of off-campus
police and apartment owner reports of noise, violence, and vandalism.
GOALS: To improve health behaviors among rural and urban residents throughout Pennsylvania through coordination of public television, radio and internet health programming and develop relevant and accessible community-based health, wellness and educational activities.
GOALS: To build student leadership
skills in key non-technical areas such as communication skills, teamwork
and ethics. The program is a six-day event that places special emphasis
on diversity and developing and carrying out a personal vision for leadership.
The Institute is open to students from all majors.