The NCSPP Day of Service speaks to the importance within our profession of staying connected to the community and being advocates for those in need. (Click on title to see service details)
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMMon
Johnson, Kelli Ph.D.
PsyD Program Chair, Chicago School of Professional Psychology at XULA
MLK Day of Service--Meet in Hotel Lobby by Blue Dog Paintings (Monday, January 21 at 7:30a)
Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and his work on the MLK holiday has been an essential mission behind the NCSPP “Day of Service” projects which began in 2011 under the leadership of Dr. Torrey Wilson, former NCSPP President and former chair of the Ethnic Racial Diversity Committee (ERDC). In January 2019, our 9th annual Ethnic and Racial Diversity Committee Community Service Day/Project will take place in New Orleans, LA, which is currently celebrating its 300th anniversary.
This year, we will be partnering with City Year New Orleans (https://www.cityyear.org/neworleans). City Year New Orleans engages near-peer youth mentors, in partnership with school districts, to place their corps members in schools that need assistance by providing students with one-on-one support to overcome challenges they face both in and out of school. And, in addition to working with individual students who are at-risk of dropping out, City Year New Orleans also provides support to help transform the whole school, including facilitation school-wide events and activities, after school programming, and in-class support for teachers. Our project this year will involve joining a number of other volunteers to support City Year New Orleans in beautification projects in and around G. W. Carver High School, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. Activities will range from interior cleaning, organizing, and painting to outdoor beautification, with activities appropriate for a range of levels of ability. This service project provides a wonderful opportunity for NCSPP delegates to come together in offering a meaningful contribution to the New Orleans community.
On January 21st, 2019 (MLK holiday) we will begin our project at 8:00am. NCSPP will provide transportation between the Intercontinental Hotel and the project site. Based on the number of participants, we will most likely divide into several groups to work on various tasks. We will plan to finish our project at approximately 1pm. Water will be provided by the site; however, lunch will be on your own once we return to the hotel.
A few important items:
Whether you are able to join us for the Day of Service activity or not, City Year welcomes additional donations.
For delegates who would like to make a financial donation, you are welcome to do so here: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/cyiddp/restriction/NewOrleans
Please know that the proceeds for our 2019 NCSPP LIVE Auction will also go to City Year!
Participants should wear comfortable clothes and close-toed shoes that can withstand wear from normal outdoor “stuff” and/or cleaning supplies/activities. The site also requests that volunteers are conscious of the residents around whom we will be working (children and families) when selecting attire.
Participants should bring their own work gloves and snacks (if desired), as they may not be provided by the organization.
The NCSPP Day of Service truly speaks to the importance within our profession of staying connected to the community and being advocates for those in need. It is my hope that you and your families can join us for the 2019 Day of Service.
More details will be provided as we approach the 2019 Mid-Winter conference.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in New Orleans!
Kelli Johnson (ERDC Chair)