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CAPS – Educating to Serve, Engaging Now

Heads up
Loma Linda University would like to introduce the Community-Academic Partners in Service (CAPS) office. The CAPS office exists to raise awareness about existing local community engagement being conducted through all eight schools and to show students/faculty how to get involved. It also serves to create and strengthen partnerships between LLU and our local community.

Services provided
•    Developing an up-to-date inventory of local programs and organizations both on campus and in the community that offer community engagement opportunities
•    Promoting upcoming events through our website, e-mail, and local media
•    Supporting student-led initiatives in the community, connecting resources to needs
•    Researching and disseminating assets and needs assessments of the local community

Recent events
CAPS sponsored two very special community events in December 2007, giving more than 100 children from low-income families and as many LLU students the chance to spend the holidays in celebration. Eight families from the San Bernardino Norton neighborhoods were welcomed by the Community Kids Connection (CKC) Saturday program to a Thanksgiving celebration. This celebrati
on was to reunite the LLU students and families at the start of this new school year. We are pleased to report some of the older children like Jasmine,  age 16, who have been attending since they were 5, have committed to volunteering with the little ones this year. Due to overwhelming response from children and students to keep coming, CKC resumed January 12 (see spotlight section for contact information).
The Adopt-a-Kid Christmas party involved 72 local Head Start preschoolers and 90 LLU students/faculty who paired up for an afternoon of magical games, crafts, and gifts from Santa at the Drayson Center. The children were delighted to play with their LLU student. Head Start teacher Jemia Robinson shared that they look forward to this event all year and often are found talking about it after Easter.

CAPS would like to introduce the LLU Healthy Neighborhood projects (based in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and CAPS). All five mentoring programs are student-initiated, student-run, and invite you to get involved this New Year.
•    Community Kids Connection (CKC) tutoring: serve children from low-income families who need help with homework and classes as a mentor. This group meets on Tuesdays through Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. in San Bernardino and Loma Linda. LLU volunteers welcome. Contact Ashlee at <ahardesty @llu.edu>.
•    Community K
ids Connection (CKC) Saturday: spend a Saturday playing games, sharing about the Bible, making crafts, and demonstrating ways to live healthier lives. This group meets from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the SACHS clinic and welcomes group/individual volunteers from LLU and community. Contact Cynthia at <cortega@llu.edu>.
•  Community Mothers Connection (CMC): serve mothers of CKC children with helping give English and computer classes. Also have fun and work on crafts for their homes. This group meets Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. LLU and community volunteers welcome. Contact Nikki at <ngrey@llu.edu> or Eric at <ersmith@llu.edu>.
•   Project Hope: Under the supervision of the department of pediatrics, LLU student volunteers meet weekly with San Bernardino’s parenting teens to provide health information on prenatal care and parenting skills. LLU volunteers, contact Irene at <icheng@llu.edu>.
•    Special opportunities: Male students from LLU provide individual mentoring for boys identified by school administrators as at-risk for academic failure or behavioral problems. They meet weekly at the high school campuses with their assigned students to form positive relationships and serve to become role models. Contact Luke at <lstrnad@llu.edu>.

Contact CAPS
In order to find out more about local community engagement opportunities at LLU, or to contribute information about new possibilities, please contact our office or drop by Cottage 80 behind Nichol Hall. Phone (909) 651-5011 or e-mail <caps@llu.edu>.

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Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
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TODAY news for Thursday, February 11, 2008