Campus-Community Speed Matching
On Valentine's Day 2014, UAB Service Learning will host the second annual Campus-Community Speed Matching! Birmingham community nonprofits will pitch their most interesting and challenging projects in 5 minutes or less to groups of rotating UAB faculty and students.
The purpose of Campus-Community Speed Matching is to connect UAB faculty and students and community nonprofit organizations together. Successful matches result in real community problem solving and hands-on learning for students. In 2013, over 80% of the projects were successfully matched.
First Annual Campus-Community Speed Dating Pitches: February 14, 2013
Alabama Poverty Project: Woodlawn College Coaches
The Alabama Poverty Project (APP) works to reduce poverty and its root causes. In order to build a college-going culture at Woodlawn High School, the APP needs students passionate about fighting poverty with education to volunteer as college-positive role models. Mentors would work closely with a 10th-12th grade student to build a portfolio with the ingredients for post-secondary success.
Birmingham AIDS Outreach: Social Media Strategy
The mission of Birmingham AIDS Outreach is to enhance the quality of life for people and families living with HIV and AIDS and to prevent further spread of the disease through age-appropriate prevention education programs. Birmingham AIDS Outreach needs help with social media efforts. The organization currently uses several social media outlets and needs an in depth comparison of social media efforts from other AIDS Service Organizations across the United States. The ideal project will include a needs assessment and review of best practices as well as a recommendation for Birmingham AIDS Outreach.
Birmingham Education Foundation: Marketing Plan to Promote College Exploration
The mission of the Birmingham Education Foundation (BEF) is to bring the voice of the community to Birmingham City Schools’ leadership and to provide a range of support to allow the system to fulfill its mission and vision. The Birmingham Education Foundation needs help in creating a marketing plan to promote college exploration targeted to middle school students in the Birmingham City Schools. The ideal plan would include a needs assessment and a review of best practices across the nation. The result would be a product or series of products that can be used by BEF and Birmingham City Schools to meaningfully connect middle school age students with information about college.
Birmingham Museum of Art: Young Speakers Bureau
The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement in Birmingham by hosting five exhibitions and performances in 2013. In order to promote these works across our city, the Museum needs talented UAB students to be part of their inaugural class of Young Speakers. This group of students will be trained on the history and importance of the Civil Rights exhibitions and then be asked to speak at events throughout the year.
Black Warrior Riverkeeper: Data Mapping Project
The Black Warrior Riverkeeper (BWR) helps protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. In order to enhance outreach efforts and better inform its members of the issues facing these waterways, the BWR needs UAB students and faculty to use GIS, Google Earth or Google Maps to create maps of any of the following: industrial facilities, endangered species habitats, pre-law surface/underground mining, and even converting a push-pin membership map into a digital format.
Camp Fire: Idea Share
Camp Fire is a youth development organization that provides mentoring, character development and career prep programs to area schools. Camp Fire needs UAB students and faculty to generate ideas on creating a safe online site of approved content where teens in the Camp Fire programs can share ideas, interests, and successes in dealing with stressful situations.
Freshwater Land Trust: A Vision for Village Creek
The Freshwater Land Trust’s mission is the acquisition and care of lands that enhance water quality and preserve open space. One of the Land Trust’s initiatives aims to improve the water quality of Village Creek as well as the quality of life for residents who live within the Village Creek watershed. The Freshwater Land Trust needs UAB students and faculty to research and create text and an inspirational sense of place video about Village Creek. Ideally, this video would include interviews with community members, research into the history of Village Creek’s industrial past, and the current state of the creek. The video would also give viewers a glimpse into what the future holds for the polluted stream now that many organizations are working to create trails and parks along its 44 mile stretch through Jefferson County.
Impact Alabama: Mentors for CollegeFirst
CollegeFirst is a Summer Advanced Placement Institute for high school students enrolled in AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, and AP English Language. CollegeFirst believes that all willing and academically motivated students deserve the opportunity to succeed in rigorous, college-level experiences and the advantages they bring. CollegeFirst needs UAB students serve as mentors in these subject areas and help present lessons and provide one-on-one and small group tutoring to participating high school students.
Magic Moments: Rebranding and Public Outreach Plan
Magic Moments provides non-medical wishes to critically ill children living in Alabama. In order to expand its services, Magic Moments needs UAB students and faculty to develop a communication plan to announce and introduce its new logo and message and assist in planning and execution of a launch event for the Alabama community.
OneRoof: Health Care Access and Outreach
One Roof works to end homelessness in Central Alabama through advocacy, education, and coordination of services. One Roof needs UAB students and faculty to determine why there is a lack of access to health care for homeless and impoverished people of Birmingham and communicate those findings to community stakeholders.
P.E.E.R., Inc.: Neighborhood Knowledge
P.E.E.R., Inc. empowers a thriving, diverse community by connecting people to resources in the areas of community health, economic development, and education. They administer a variety of programs promoting healthy food access, health education, preventive health screenings, and opportunities for practicing healthy behaviors. To make a greater impact in the neighborhood, P.E.E.R. Inc. needs help from UAB students and faculty to reach out and educate residents in East Lake about the services they offer.
Preschool Partners: Program Impact Surveys
Preschool Partners is dedicated to preparing at risk 3 and 4 year old children and their parents for kindergarten in the Birmingham City Schools. They can measure how well the children are learning, but they need help determining the effectiveness of their parental programs. Preschool Partners needs UAB students and faculty to develop two parental surveys to measure the impact and benefit of their programming for the parents.
United Way of Central Alabama: Menu Revamp
United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) works towards a healthier community through strong partnerships with dedicated organizations. UWCA needs UAB faculty and students skilled in the nutrition sciences to revamp various menus for its agencies. Menus are tailored to various populations including children, disabled clients, adults in substance abuse recovery, and the homeless. The menus need to be reevaluated and updated according to health guidelines to ensure the optimal health of the UWCA’s clients.