The Borough of Manhattan Community College’s (BMCC) volunteer program, BMCC Academy of Leadership and Service: Student Partners Lending Universal Support program (Student PLUS), has seen immense growth and expansion over the last four years. The program has primarily focused on creating off-campus partnerships with local non-profits that help students connect with opportunities to serve their communities. At the same time, we have provided on-campus support for a multitude of department’s programs and services by providing volunteers to assist with these initiatives.
In the last year, Student PLUS has strengthened some of its on-campus partnerships by establishing “tracks” or “focus areas” within the program. These tracks allow students to associate more intentionally with a particular department and its staff through specialized trainings and volunteer opportunities open only to them. For example, our “Civic Leadership” track trains, prepares, and travels with students to lobby and speak to governmental officials on behalf of the college. These students work closely with the department of Government and Community Relations to better understand local, state, and federal funding procedures and the college’s relation to the political process. By participating in this type of training and serving as college representatives in lobbying efforts, these students are enhancing their level of civic participation and community engagement.
Other partnerships include “Campus Safety Education Program”, “Student Recruitment Program”, and the “Career Explorers Program”. Through these partnerships Student PLUS members are gaining a better understanding of various departments’ functions, exploring a possible career interest, and understanding that service to the community takes a variety of forms. The Student PLUS program continues to expand its on- and off- campus partnerships so that we can better serve our campus and local environments as well as provide opportunities for expand their skill sets as future leaders. Campus partners include: Department of Government and Community Relations, Center for Career Development, Public Safety, and Admissions.
Many factors combine together to affect the health of individuals and communities. Whether people are healthy or not, is determined by their circumstances and environment.
To a large extent, factors such as where we live, the state of our environment, genetics, our income and education level, and our relationships with friends and family all have considerable impacts on health, whereas the more commonly considered factors such as access and use of health care services often have less of an impact.
CMPI has developed a Pastoral Care program for the Maya-Catholics in cooperation with the Archdiocese of Omaha. This pastoral care program provides opportunities for members of the Maya Catholic community to practice and grow their faith.
Every Saturday community members gather at St Francis of Assisi to pray and reflect, following the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church. Every third Saturday of the month there is a Eucharistic Celebration at St. Francis of Assisi. Prayers and Mass are conducted in the Q'anjob'al Maya language, Spanish, and English. Participants in this prayer group, serve at many parishes in the Archdiocese of Omaha.