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Program Requirements

Students must complete a JCCC course with an academic service-learning component.

Students must complete a minimum of 75 hours of service with community non-profit organizations, agencies, schools, or facilities which provide care, support, or advocacy services.

Students must prepare and present a final project that integrates his/her academic and community endeavors.

Program Requirements Checklist (PDF)

Students must complete at least one activity from two the following three categories: 

In order to meet needs and solve problems, more is required than just good intentions. Success will depend in large measure on participants who are well-informed and well-trained, who have experience and expertise. The Civic Leadership program encourages students to develop skills which will prepare them for effective community involvement.

Training can be obtained in numerous ways through various community organizations such as the Kauffman Foundation and the United Way, or even through a college or university. The training may be presented as a workshop, seminar, conference, or a credit or non-credit course. The focus of the training must be on skills essential to community agencies and non-profit organizations and should be structured to provide interaction and participation rather than simply a lecture or presentation which provides information.

Topics which meet the requirement include, but are not limited to:

  • Advocacy
  • Financial Management for Non-profit Organizations
  • Coalition/Partnership Building
  • Communication
  • Fundraising
  • Community Organizing
  • Grant Writing
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Needs Assessment/Research
  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness
  • Public Relations/Marketing
  • Ethics
  • Service-Specific Training - for ESL tutors, hot-lines, crisis centers
  • Evaluation

Volunteer Management

Civic Leadership students are welcome to recommend other topics and training relevant to their projects.

Students should consult with the Civic Leadership director or advisor for approval of any training sessions.

There is no minimum hour requirement for skills training, but most would be expected to last 3-4 hours. (A one hour lecture or short agency orientation would not complete this requirement). While most training hours will not be credited to the requirement for service hours, an exception may be considered for the training hours in excess of ten (10) that are required by an agency. Such requests should be made to a Civic Leadership advisor or to the coordinator.

Students should submit a report on the training attended, which includes date, title, length, sponsoring agency or organization, presenter/trainer/facilitator, and a brief description of the training, by the end of the semester in which the training was completed.

Another way to gain community knowledge and understanding, albeit observational, is by attending the meetings at which community decisions are made—meetings of non-profit boards, city councils, or state legislatures. Important community processes and behaviors—needs assessment, problem-solving, and funding as well as advocacy, communication, compromise, and collaboration—are demonstrated in these settings.

Communities need leaders. JCCC is confident that while students have enthusiasm and untapped talents which are needed by their communities, many students don’t think of themselves as leaders. Maybe they haven’t been asked to lead, trained to lead, or expected to lead. The Civic Honors Program encourages students to seek opportunities for training and practice, through which they can develop the skills and gain the confidence that will enhance their ability to contribute.

Leadership positions and activities either on campus or in the community can fulfill this requirement, provided that the office or position held requires active leadership and organizational skills (not just an honorary title, for example) and that the work of the organization and its projects benefits the broader community, rather than the organization’s members exclusively.