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What People Are Saying

"The hope is that this Service-Learning experience can have beneficial effects on the entire community, including the “indirect service recipients”, especially on parents of the students, reminding them through indirect means the importance of a higher-level education for their children."

Mariarosaria Di Palo, Ford Community Corps Member and Project Lead serving Detroit Community Schools, University of Detroit Mercy

"It is humbling that our clients are thankful for us providing them a service, while it should be the students who are thankful to our clients for entrusting us with their lives."

Rosy Ortiz, Ford Community Corps Member and Project Lead serving Southwest Solutions, University of Detroit Mercy

"By serving as a student leader, I learned the importance of self-reliance, time management and serving as a figure in the schools that students could look up to…"

Matthew Nichols, Ford Community Corps Member and Project Lead serving homeowners facing foreclosure in Metro Detroit, University of Detroit Mercy

Exercising Leadership in the Classroom and in the Community

The Program

The University of Detroit Mercy Ford Community Corps Partnerships aimed to build student leaders in the classroom over two semesters by:

  • Enhancing leadership development through practical experience, including serving those in need and leading a group peers.
  • Broadening classroom learning through direct community engagement
  • Improving capacity of community-based partnership organizations
  • Identifying best practices in servicelearning

Program Scope

  • 145 Students
  • 254 Volunteer Hours
  • 11 Projects
  • 299 People Served

Interested students submitted a proposal with a faculty member to lead a course of study focused on direct community involvement. Courses in the FCCP included Nursing and Human Anatomy, Research and Scientific Inquiry, Immigration Law, Mathematics of Finance and Cyber Security, among others. The student leaders applied the skills from their specific academic discipline to design and implement projects for community partners while leading a team of their peers.