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Creative writing with youth at America SCORES (Thursdays)

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Thursday, Sep 21, 2017 - Thursday, Nov 16, 2017
All Day
Wade Park SchoolMap Location

Semester Serves volunteers will be paired to work with a group of elementary youth (1st-5th grade) for eight weeks as a support to the group's teacher, coaching students on their creative writing works through an after school program with America SCORES at Wade Park School. Volunteers are not required to be experts in creative writing but should have strong English grammar and writing skills and an enthusiasm for helping the youth with their pieces. The program takes place every Thursday from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. beginning Thursday, September 21. There will be a mandatory training on best practices for working with youth on Friday, September 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Clark Hall room 309, pizza provided. However, volunteers who miss the first day at the site and the training can join on 9/28. This site requires a commitment of one semester. Transportation is provided in the CCEL van by the Semester Serves student leader. While not required to attend, volunteers are encouraged if available to participate in America SCORES culminating Poetry SLAM event on Thursday, November 16 at St. Ignatius High School (in Ohio City; RTA accessible) to see the youth share their poetry. Volunteer support is needed anywhere in the 2 to 9 p.m. range on the day of the SLAM to assist with the event (volunteers are welcome to bring other students to assist as well). The specific dates of this CCEL Serves will be as follows: 9/21, 9/22 (training), 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, and 11/16 (optional - Poetry SLAM).

To sign up: Click the green button above, and fill out the short, one page application form that pops up.  You will then be contacted by CCEL to confirm your participation.  If this program is full, please contact Adrian Griffin at to be added to the waitlist.

Accessibility: CCEL is committed to providing all students with opportunities to take full advantage of our programs. Our staff recognizes that students with documented disabilities may require reasonable accommodations in order to achieve this objective. If you are interested in taking part in a specific project but have questions related to accommodations and/or the accessibility of a site, please contact the office of Disability Resources in Educational Services for Students and they will work with a representative from our office to answer your questions.