Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
FY 2012 National Day of Service and Remembrance Grants
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Remember-Learn-Serve Initiative: [9/11 to 4/16] The Virginia Tech Remember-Learn-Serve Initiative (RLSI): [9/11 to 4/16] is an innovative program that uses the National Day of Service as a launching pad for sustainable, community-based volunteer networks. These networks will be comprised of partnerships that include local community nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, and existing student and alumnae/i chapters. In the proposed pilot year, the Center for Student Engagement and Community Partnerships (CSECP) at Virginia Tech will establish programs in two topical areas--tutoring and mentoring for at-risk youth and emergency response. The pilot project is based on a model of concurrent organization and volunteer development facilitated by CSECP. Under this model, organizations receive support in the area of volunteer recruitment and management and volunteers receive subject-specific training and support to enhance their capacity and commitment to the organization. The RLSI will draw on current college students, alumnae/i, and the general public. A total of 600 volunteers will be engaged in the RLSI with 15% comprised of current and past military personnel and their families. By virtue of the areas served in the pilot year (the Roanoke and New River Valleys of Virginia), the programs will have impact in underserved, rural areas and on underrepresented populations in the City of Roanoke, including resettled refugees and their families. In year two, expansion of the service area to Virginia's urban crescent (northern Virginia, Richmond, and Hampton Roads) and far southwest Virginia will allow the project to impact an even larger cohort of underserved populations.