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Service-Learning is a key component of a Jewell education, and students can fulfill this commitment in many ways.

Current Opportunities


The Pritchard Award is provided by and named for the founders and nurturers of Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City who, for over two decades sought strong and effective ways to interact with “God’s people in need.” The Award annually goes to two or three William Jewell students who commit to engaging with people in need, developing relationships with people different from them in all fundamental aspects, and learning about their unique gifts and about what God calls them to do with those gifts. 

Who is eligible?

 Any WJC student or group of students in good standing and not in their last year of attendance is eligible to apply. 

Application Process & Timeline

  • 2015 Pritchard Award Recipient speaks in Jewell Chapel, October 7, 2015 
  • Award Notice and Application sent to all students, faculty and staff, October 5, 2015 
  • Submit Letter of Intent to Apply by 5pm, Monday, November 9, 2015. 
    • Letter of Intent to Apply should include the following information: who is seeking to apply, brief project description (250 words), primary goals/outcomes, and how success will be measured/assessed 
    • Letter of Intent to Apply should be submitted electronically tocjs AT william.jewell DOT edu. Any questions about the grants can also be emailed to this address. 
    • Preference will be given to proposals that are focused on the Kansas City metropolitan area and to proposal groups that consist of mixed gender. 
  • Individuals and groups invited to submit full proposals will be notified by, Friday, November 13, 2015 
  • Full proposals are due by December 4, 2015. Full proposals include Application and Budget for the proposed project and are sent tocjs AT william.jewell DOT edu. 
  • Applications will be reviewed by the awards committee and recipients will be notified in early 2016. 

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 Weigh in on Public Policy Issues Online

Forum for Democracy, a non-partisan free web site, is launching its Beta version on Monday, October 8th. Students are invited to weigh in on either side of the public policy debates the site is conducting on a weekly basis. The site encourages informed responses, including not only blogging but also video and all forms of citizen journalism, which you are encourage to upload to the site.

Once formally launched, the site will be awarding free trips, prizes and scholarships to the best and brightest solution-based participants. The aggregated majority and minority opinions will be presented to elected representatives in Washington, D.C. as an expression of the Voice of We the People. In time students will be able to earn college credit for participation. Please visit www.forumfordemocracy.com.

 Use Classroom Knowledge—NOW—in a Practical Work Experience

Here’s a chance to build your resume by coordinating and facilitating a youth development program that partners Kansas City young people with local non-profit organizations. Working closely with the staff of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph’s Concepts for Effective Services III program you will act as a liaison between the youth participants and 20 to 40 Kansas City non-profits. Excellent networking opportunity. This would require a commitment of a minimum of 20 hours per month; it is an unpaid internship. The qualified individual should have an interest in youth development, nonprofit management and volunteer coordination. Contact volunteer AT ccharities DOT com or 816.714.2377 for more information.

The following community partners offer service-learning opportunities. You may contact the agency directly or e-mail servicelearning AT william.jewell DOT edu for assistance.

Agency/Organization:  Cherith Brook

Project Description: The organization provides showers and meals for the homeless and poor. There are flexible times for volunteers.

Contact: Sarah Cool (816) 241-8047
Location: 3308 E 12th St, Kansas City, MO 64127
Email: : cherithbrookkcmo AT yahoo DOT com

Agency/Organization:  El CentroInc.

Project Description: Students can assist with various programs.  Students as Teachers offers tutoring for children, and The Migrant Education Program provides after-school activities in a safe environment.   Students can also help with El Centro's Citizenship Classes.

Contact: Della Muzquiz, (913) 281-1186
Location: 1330 S. 30th St., Kansas City, KS
Email: dmuzquiz AT elcentroinc DOT com

Agency/Organization:  Iglesia Camino Vida y Verdad

Project Description: Students assist with participatory activities with school age ESL students who are at an intermediate level of English.

Contact: Gustavo Morales, Pastor, 816-213-7691
Location: 541 S. Elmwood, Kansas City, MO
Email: gdmoralescvv AT juno DOT com  

Agency/Organization:  Linden West ELL Program

Project Description: Assist in the elementary classroom with students requiring extra help or minimal translation to Spanish.

Contact: Kathleen Fitzgerald, (816) 413-4765
Location: 7333 N. Wyandotte, Gladstone, MO
Email: kfitzgerald AT nkcsd.k12.mo DOT us 

Agency/Organization:  Mattie Rhodes Social Service Center

Project Description: Work with school age students assisting in after school activities in the Cultural Arts Activities Program, 3:00 - 4:30pm, Tuesday through Friday.

Contact: Maria Tapia-Belsito, (816) 471-2536 or cell (913) 488-2856 
Location: James Elementary School, 5810 Scarritt Ave, Kansas City, Missouri
Email: mbelsito AT mattierhodes DOT org


Agency/Organization:  Migrant Farmworkers Project

Project Description: Volunteers tutor children of migrant farmworkers. This requires "enthusiastic volunteers who can commit to regular attendance." Year-round.

Contact: Migrant Farmworkers Project, (816) 474-9868 
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church / Lexington, Missouri
Email: mfpstaff AT gmail DOT com

Agency/Organization:  Northland Head Start

Project Description: Assist in a pre-school classroom with children who have limited English skills.

Contact: Brenda Stottler, (816) 468-8662
Location: 3100 NE 83rd Street, Kansas City, MO 64119
Email: brenda-sottler AT ymca-kc DOT org

Agency/Organization:  Second Baptist ESL

Project Description: ESL classes for Spanish speakers in the Liberty area.

Contact:  Dr. Phillip Posey (816) 507-2575- cell or (816) 781-1132-home
Location: 309 E. Franklin, Liberty, MO
Email: phillipposey AT hotmail DOT com 


Agency/Organization:  Second Friends Preschool

Project Description: One-on-one tutoring of students who need extra help with classroom concepts.  Teach basic Spanish in small group setting.

Contact: Angela Bush, (816) 781-3882
Location: 309 E. Franklin, Liberty, MO
Email: abush AT 2bcliberty DOT org 

Agency/Organization:  YouthFriends-Liberty and North Kansas City School District

Project Description: Work with school age students as a tutor, lunch buddy, or morning greeter.  See children once a week for a minimum of eight weeks.

Contact: Pam Polson, (816) 413-5479
Location: Varies -- in Kansas City
Email: Ppolson1 AT nkcsd.k12.mo DOT us 

Contact: Dee Rosekrans, (816) 736-7104
Location: Liberty

Project Description: Assist with childcare during Monday and Wednesday evening adult ESL classes.
Contact: Brenda Laney, (816) 217-7823
Location: Raytown

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