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Thriving Neighbors Fellowship

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The Thriving Neighbors (TN) Community Fellowship is a paraprofessional community-based learning experience, which allows undergraduate students to obtain professional work experience while pursuing defined learning goals and objectives. Social justice-oriented engagement with the community to enhance vocational discernment is the cornerstone of the program. The year-long opportunity offers an in-depth exploration of community partners and services which will be hosted at community partner agencies within the Greater Washington Neighborhood, home to the Thriving Neighbors. TN is an initiative promoting engaged scholarship, teaching, and sustainable development facilitated by SCU’s Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. The initial focus of the TN is on the five, predominantly Latino neighborhoods that make up the Greater Washington community in San Jose.

The program provides undergraduate students with a rich and deep experience in the local community. Fellows are matched with a community partner for a full academic year, spending an average of eight to ten hours per week in the community. The fellowship is designed to meet the needs of community partners but also to help fellows delve into individual passions and areas of interest.

  • Must be a current sophomore or junior in good academic standing (2.5 GPA or better)
  • Must have previous experience working/learning with the community, preferably through the Ignatian Center
  • Must be able to commit six to 10 hours per week for a full academic year (includes travel time to/from site)

Community Engagement

  • Engage in the community for six to ten hours per week throughout the academic year (September to June) at host agency site
  • Identify host organization opportunities that align with Thriving Neighbors goals
  • In conversation with your host organization, propose and produce a final project to be presented at year-end celebration
  • Serve as liaison between the Ignatian Center and the host organization

Student Leadership

  • Co-facilitate quarterly orientations and lead student reflections for Arrupe Engagement
  • Serve as a resource and mentor for SCU students who participate at the host organization in Arrupe Engagement
  • Participate in bi-weekly fellowship meetings and quarterly site supervisor meetings
  • Attend two student leader retreats (fall and spring)
  • Assist with Ignatian Center events, as appropriate

Interns receive a modest stipend.

2019-2020 Community Fellows

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Logan Burns '23

 Major: Bioengineering
 Position Title: Thriving Neighbors Fellow, STEM
 Duties: Logan will work as a liaison between the Ignatian Center and Sacred Heart, overseeing the teaching of STEM subjects, advising students throughout the Tech Challenge, and tutoring after-school students.
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Melany Cortes Mederos '22

Major: Communications & Political Science 
Position Title: Thriving Neighbors Fellow, MOBI
Duties: Melany will assist in helping the participants of the My Own Business Institute (MOBI) course, by hosting study hours and providing in-class support. 
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Maria Esquivel '22

Major: Bioengineering
Position Title: Thriving Neighbors Fellow, STEM
Duties: Maria will be facilitating a STEM program at Sacred Heart Community Center that exposes children to STEM design, specifically engineering and robot design through the annual Tech Challenge.
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Jasmine Jiménez '21

Major: Spanish & Psychology
Position Title: Thriving Neighbors Fellow, Resiliant Family Education
Duties: Jasmine is working with community participants in a variety of workshops, engaging with the children in the program, and recording the parents' stories.
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Abby Nairn '21

Major: Classics
Position title: Thriving Neighbors Fellow, Visual & Performing Arts
Duties: Abby will be teaching dance to 4th and 5th graders at Sacred Heart Community center.
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Maria Nelson '20

Major: Psychology, Public Health & Spanish minors
Position Title: Thriving Neighbors Fellow, MOBI
Duties: Maria will be supporting an SCU professor and a group of Washington community members as they work to start their own businesses.
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Gisela Romero ' 21

Major: Marketing & Communications
Position Title: Thriving Neighbors Fellow, MOBI
Duties: Gisela will act as liaison between the Ignatian Center and community members by supporting them with their events.
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Gloria Sevilla '21

Major: Spanish, Mathematics & Urban Education Minor
Position Title:  Thriving Neighbors Fellow, Visual & Performing Arts
Duties: Gloria will be teaching Folklorico in a Co-teaching Complex at Sacred Heart Community Center.

Past Fellows

Samantha Bailey '20 - Psychology, Child Studies Santa Maria Urban Ministry
Violet Daane '19 - Psychology CORAL at Washington Elementary
Areli Hernandez '19 - Political Science, Spanish, Ethnic Studies Sacred Heart Community Service
Catherine Nguyen '20 - Finance CET Sobrato Vocational Training Center
Jon Tuttle '21 - Political Science, Spanish Sacred Heart Community Service
Katie Reohr '18 Sacred Heart Community Service
Makinzi Myers '18 Estrella Family Services
Maria Muñoz-Yepez '19 Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School

Application Schedule

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