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John Gardner Public Service Fellowships

At Stanford University, students who have a record of academic excellence, public service commitment, and leadership potential are awarded with the financial support that makes it easier for them to engage in further community service. Each year, three seniors are awarded John Gardner Public Service Fellowships. The eleven-month fellowships carry a stipend of $15,000 and offer new graduates the opportunity to work in the public sector under the guidance of a mentor. Haas Center for Public Service website From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In the Renewal of America s Communities and American Democracy

Public Service Scholars

On many campuses, service-learning courses are given particular emphasis for honors students. At Stanford University, a select group of honors students are chosen to be Public Service Scholars in their junior year. These students spend a three-week immersion in the community and meet weekly in a service-learning seminar in the urban studies department. They also incorporate community-based learning and action research into their thesis, which they work on with two advisors, one from the Stanford faculty and one from the community. Haas Center for Public Service website From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In the Renewal of America s…

Youth Empowerment and Civic Engagement

Course Description What is civic engagement? Why do some heed its call, while others shrug their shoulders and change the subject? How do youth who are involved in their communities evaluate their contributions? How do adults view their efforts? What results can programs that seek to engage and empower youth show? How can researchers and evaluators measure these outcomes and their meanings for the youth, for adults, for their communities, and for society? This course will explore questions such as these, starting from the premise that youth civic participation is not just important, but imperative in a democracy. We will…

Poverty and Homelessness in America

Course Description This two quarter course will combine formal academic study on the topic of poverty and homelessness in the United States with an internship experience in a shelter-providing agency either in Santa Clara County or San Mateo County. Students will read weekly selections of articles and books relating to analyses of and personal experiences with poverty and homelessness in American cities. Perhaps the most important part of the course is the internship each student will be involved in at a local homeless shelter. Students will engage in a directed social service-type internship and will be expected to devote about…

Strategies for Sustainable Development

  STANFORD UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE POLS 104. URBAN POLICY: STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT WINTER 2002 Luis Ricardo Fraga, Associate Professor Office: Encina Hall, Rm. 444, 723 5219, Luis.Fraga@stanford.edu COURSE DESCRIPTION This course focuses on the identification and consideration of strategies for sustainable development in contemporary central cities in the U.S. Sustainable development is understood to include at least five distinct types of resources: human capital, social capital, fiscal capital, policy capital, and political capital. When major cities began to develop in the U.S. in the 1840s, the concentration of peoples, fiscal capital, industries, businesses, and political power presented…