For many years, Project for Pride in Living (PPL) has, through a multi-faceted and ever-expanding partnership, engaged University of Minnesota students in its work of helping individuals and families “achieve greater self-sufficiency through housing, employment training, education, and support services.” An average of 25 U of M service-learners work with PPL each semester, especially in their Youth Programs – family literacy, mentoring, and academic support/enrichment opportunities that take place at six PPL housing developments, a community center, and PPL’s charter and alternative schools. PPL also seeks out unique service-learning opportunities, like having a group of Geography students conduct a “housing design satisfaction survey” of their residents to help shape upcoming construction and rehab projects, and strategizing how to engage Statistics students in their ongoing work of collecting and analyzing data about all their programs. PPL also offers a unique living and learning experience through its three “College Houses,” which offer reduced rent in exchange for tutoring neighborhood youth. Three U of M Community Engagement Scholars have completed their required capstone projects with the College House program, developing models for engaging the parents of kids being tutored in the program and for a social justice and leadership development retreat for the youth.
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