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Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee!


Happy 1st Birthday, Just Coffee! by Ashley Simon The Center for Community Engagement and Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County created Just Coffee as a way to meet the community and create lasting and meaningful partnerships. The casual and intimate nature of the coffee shop as well as the convenient location provides an environment that is conducive to sharing stories, exchanging ideas and getting to know people in the community. [Related: What is Just Coffee?] Just Coffee's just had it's first birthday. It has...

Get Involved: Positive Images


Get Involved: Positive Images by Ashley Simon Centered in Santa Rosa, Positive Images (PI) is a nonprofit organization that provides resources to queer youth and education to the greater community. There are support groups for youth exploring their genders and sexuality, safe and confidential counseling sessions with trained peers, and fun social events such as dances and potlucks. Why should students get involved? Queer youth are more likely to be socioeconomically disadvantaged, rejected by their parents, homeless, targets of bullying, have higher rates...

I am a Future Maker


I am a Future Maker by Claudia Sisomphou Everyone at the Future Makers Youth Summit of the Sustainable Enterprise Conference at Sonoma Mountain Village had a desire to not only address the problems in society, but to also discuss the solutions. Even amidst talking about the challenges of our generation, I was inspired by everyone's positivity. These were the kind of conversations that I was craving to have with other passionate activists. The participants and presenters were all between the ages of 15 and...

Sonoma State's Earth Day 2015


Sonoma State's Earth Day 2015 by Claudia Sisomphou This year's Earth Day was a great success! Clubs and organizations from the University, and agencies from the local community came together on Wednesday, April 22nd to celebrate the Earth and the campus' sustainability efforts. The groups that helped put on the event were JUMP, Students for Sustainability, the Fairfield Osborn Preserve, Catholic Charities, the Center for Community Engagement, the Sonoma County Waste Management Agency, SolarCity, the Sustainability Alternative Spring Break leaders, Campus Rec, and the...

Find Your Passion, Potential, and Power with CalSERVES


Find Your Passion, Potential, and Power with CalSERVES by An Okada I was so glad to see the amazing organization CalSERVES here on campus! I did not know about this organization, so I was very curious to learn about their activities. Some other students also looked curious when they saw CalSERVES' table outside the Student Center. I noticed their looks before they knew about CalSERVES were completely different from after they learned about all the amazing work with kids that they could get involved with; most of...

What is Just Coffee?


What is Just Coffee? by An Okada "Would you like to join us for Just Coffee?," my supervisor asked. I said "yes," but had many questions about it. It sounded very ambiguous and I could not imagine what to expect. It's a truism that in order to get anything done, you have to have trust. Trusting relationships are imperative for a strong community. But how do we build those trusting relationships? We need to start with getting to know each other. Just Coffee...

100 Blog Posts: By the Numbers


100 Blog Posts: By the Numbers by Merith Weisman Way back in 2009, George Moskoff did a study of our community partnerships. The results were clear - our community partners wanted much more contact via email and social media. I wanted to make sure that we used and modeled best practices, so I undertook an ongoing social media learning process. One of the folks I learned the most from is Heather Mansfield. In a webinar I attended, she explained that she resisted creating a blog...

Service & Internship Fair VIII


Service & Internship Fair VIII by Ashley Simon Internships, volunteer hours, and community involvement are just some of the things that students need and want during their time at school. Many students have a hard time finding these opportunities because they do not know where to look or they do not know that the opportunities even exist. Meanwhile, community organizations are wondering how they can get students involved with their projects. "I didn't even know what was out there. There are so many options...

Challenges and Solutions for Service-Learning Health Coaches


Challenges and Solutions for Service-Learning Health Coaches Michelle Kelly, Department of Nursing, Guest blogger of Part 3 of 3 Sonoma State University faculty who presented at the 17th Annual Continuums of Service Conference. Trang Le, a Student Health Coach, role plays working with a community member to better understand how to manage his health information. We were thrilled to present our community collaboration at the Continuums of Service Conference. Linda Allen, Social Worker at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Trang Le, Nursing student health coach, and Michelle Kelly,...

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Changes at JUMP: Goodbye Genevieve and Welcome Amanda


Changes at JUMP: Goodbye Genevieve and Welcome Amanda "One of the reasons I was attracted to this position was the energy and excitement of the SSU students to make a difference in their, and my new, community. SSU students are incredibly passionate, and I am ready to see the passion in action." And we here at the CCE are excited to work with her too. Amanda Hanson is thrilled to join the SSU Associated Students staff as the Community Service Coordinator for Join Us Making Progress (JUMP). Amanda...