Resources for Students
Am I Ready for Community Involvement?
- What is my motivation for working with the community? What do I
hope might occur during my community involvement?
- What assumptions do I have about the communities I'll be working
in? Where did these assumptions come from? How might these assumptions influence the types of relationships I will develop with community residents?
- What assumptions might members of the communities have of me as a Bryn Mawr student? Where did these assumptions come from? How might these
assumptions influence the types of relationships I will develop with
- What types of behaviors, attitudes, or conversation topics might be
inappropriate? In what ways could a volunteer cause harm to the community?
- What fears or concerns do I have about engaging with communities? How can I address these as an individual or with a group of volunteers?
What Should I Consider Before Selecting a Community Involvement Project?
- What type of time/relationship commitment am I willing to make? How much time do I realistically have?
- What is my previous experience with community service/social justice?
- Do I want to continue a past interest or pursue new experiences? What aspects of past experiences would you want to change/avoid or repeat/experience again?
- What skills do I possess? What skills do I hope to develop?
- Are there particular social issues I want to address?
- Are there particular communities or age groups with whom I am more or less comfortable?
- Am I interested in direct work with people, or would I rather do administrative, research, or policy work?
- How can I connect my community experiences with my interests or academic/professional goals?
- Am I willing to take the time necessary to work with specific project and community members?