Have you ever imagined creating a project to tutor neighborhood children or to expand primary health care to those in need? How about a project to help restore lost information from computers or a micro-finance lending project in which you could provide small business loans to micro-businesses in Jamaica? Can you see yourself opening a fair trade outlet, establishing a disaster response clearinghouse or handling the logistics of a program that provides food for children when there is no access to school lunches? These are all examples of projects that Defiance College students are working on as part of Project 701, a unique student-run non-profit organization that enables Defiance College students to engage in creative service opportunities while gaining critical managerial and entrepreneurial skills.
While many students benefit from engaging in service opportunities while in high school, Project 701 gives Defiance College students an opportunity to learn and contribute in an even more meaningful way, as students receive leadership training, develop their own projects, and manage those projects. Students also have an opportunity not just to supervise their own projects but also to become leaders and officers of a real functioning non-profit organization. Can you imagine applying for your first job out of college and being able to say that you already have personal experience serving as the executive director, or chief financial officer, or project manager of a non-profit organization? Can you imagine applying for a job or internship and being able to show the interviewer how you created a business plan to develop a successful service project or how you managed and trained incoming students to work on a project?
Students can choose their own Project 701 initiative so that they can gain real-life experience in their major area of interest. By working on Project 701, Defiance College students also get impactful experiential learning opportunities that go many steps beyond voluntarism as students receive leadership opportunities that challenge them to apply their expertise in a professional manner in a real world context.
Students working in Project 701 will have one or multiple:
Project 701 challenges students to apply their academic expertise, their professional and leadership skills, and their personal commitment to service in a way that has direct positive community impact.
What better way to gain experience in your major than to engage in critical thinking that has the potential to improve the human condition one community at a time.
What better way to stand out among your peers than to graduate with your Bachelor’s degree AND with high-impact experience that evidences your ability to apply your academic knowledge.
Student –run, student ownership, student commitment, student expertise, student professionalism working actively to enact solutions.
For questions or a complete position description you may contact Jordan Heiliger, Coordinator, Service Leadership Program, at 419-783-2479 or firstname.lastname@example.org.