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Nazareth College is proud to announce that its Center for Service-Learning is the recipient of the Community Leadership Quality Award, given by the Youth Services Quality Council (YSQC). The award honors the College's long-standing tradition of community service and the staff and students whose commitment and contributions work to make a difference to young people in the community.
"Nazareth College has been a valued partner, supporting the work and mission of the Youth Services Quality Council," said Cicely Strickland with the Society of Protection and Care of Children, a YSQC member organization. "Through the Center for Service-Learning they've conducted focus groups on youth curfew, provided training space, and collaborated on the cultural competency trainings relating to working effectively with the refugee population. Nazareth College has been a leader and shining example, dedicated to effecting positive change in the community."
Nazareth College's Center for Service-Learning staff works to fulfill part of Nazareth's mission, which is to provide educational opportunities that inspire dedication to the ideal of community service. They strive to facilitate the integration of service with academic study to enhance student learning, address community interests and encourage civic responsibility. The center offers students the opportunity to provide services to under-served communities and to cultivate their community engagement. The center also supports faculty who wish to integrate service-learning into the curriculum and develops sustainable community-college partnerships.
YSQC is a member organization of over 70 youth and family serving agencies from Rochester and Monroe County. The council responds to the growing needs of youth-serving organizations and the community by providing a forum for youth service providers to collaborate on new ways to do business to ensure coordination of services, maximization of resources, and quality service delivery to youth and families.
Photo: (l to r) Jerry Bennett of the National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence, Nazareth College President Daan Braveman, Director of Center for Service-Learning and Associate Professor Marie Watkins, and Cicely Strickland of the Society for the Protection and Care of Children.
Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.