Serve Wisconsin has awarded AmeriCorps funding to Marian University for a new program that will aim to help first-year students.

The accepted proposal will support 12 students as AmeriCorps members, who will then plan and implement Community Engaged Learning and Meaningful Social Engagement modules for first year students.

These members will work closely with faculty, staff and community non-profit partners, who together will develop online modules that focus on how to be an active community member, while also facilitating service-learning opportunities.

“Through the generous support of the AmeriCorps network of national service programs, Marian University’s culture of service will be strengthened. New students at Marian will be immediately immersed in a service-oriented culture through coursework and participation in service-learning activities,” said Christine Laurent, co-faculty director of service learning and future AmeriCorps program faculty director. “AmeriCorps members will guide Marian University first year students to partner with Fond du Lac community service organizations to achieve outcomes that are mutually beneficial on multiple levels.”

The expected short term outcomes are to increase comprehension of complex issues and understanding of civic responsibility by engaging first year students with the Marian University and surrounding communities.

Members will support first year student success while promoting Marian University’s Mission and Core Values.