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UC Students Can Make A Difference Through Project Connections

Date: Oct. 4, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

Registration is underway for UC students to make a meaningful impression on youth in the Cincinnati Public Schools. Project Connections, a new program sponsored by the Department of Student Life and UC Campus Ministries Association, will be a valuable experience for everyone who gets involved.

Organizers of Project Connections want to form six groups for these connections with students in Cincinnati Public Schools. Each group would have six UC students, six CPS students (in grades ranging from 7-12) and two facilitators, including a UC staff member and a UC graduate student.

Frank Bowen, Associate Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, says the goal of Project Connections is to bring inner city youth together with UC students from October through April for activities that center on diversity and communication. Project Connections aims to develop personal relationships, plan and implement community service projects and provide new experiences for both the CPS and UC students, such as attending cultural events.

Reverend John Gilbert, director of UC American Baptist Campus Ministries, says a Project Connections partnership has now been established with Cincinnati Public's Hughes Center. Training sessions for UC students to prepare for Project Connections are scheduled for Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, when a planning reception will be held with the CPS students.

UC students can register for Project Connections through the Web site.

Other UC partners in Project Connections include UC Student Activities and Leadership Development, the African American Cultural and Research Center, Emerging Ethnic Engineers, UC Center for Community Engagement, Ethnic Programs and Services, UC Women's Center, American Baptist Campus Ministry, Collegiate Ministry, Hillel Jewish Student Center, Lutheran Campus Ministry, Newman Catholic Campus Ministry and the Wesley Foundation United Methodist Student Center.

For more information, contact coordinator John Gilbert at (513) 861-4998.

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