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Pay It Forward

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Columbus Service Support Program

Applications are now available - click here to apply! Applications close Sunday, September 17th at midnight.

 

The Columbus Service Support Program exists to support students at Ohio State in engaging in service. If selected, Pay It Forward will provide your student organization or group with financial support for a one-time (up to $300) or on-going (up to $1,000) service experience. Some examples of how funds can be used include:

  • Transportation
  • Supplies for events
  • Background check costs

 

Step #1: Coaching/Planning
 

Student orgs/groups apply to receiving funding for a one-time or ongoing service program.  If they are selected to receive funding, the student leaders of these groups are required to meet with a Pay It Forward cohort member for at least two coaching/planning meetings. The Pay It Forward cohort member will help this group plan the logistics of their service program to ensure it is a meaningful experience.

 

Step #2: Service/Volunteering
 

Students will engage in community service activities that fit their organization’s goals and objectives. The types of activities will vary depending on what groups apply and are selected for the program.

 

Step#3: Reflection
 

Through the coaching component of the program, student groups will be provided resources and support to develop reflection activities to facilitate with their group after they complete service. This may include conversations, journaling, 1on1 discussions, etc.

 

One-Time Service Award (up to $300)
 

This one-time award is for student organizations who want to kick start their service engagement in an issue they are passionate about. Organizations are required to plan and participate in the event by the end of the semester. The Pay it Forward service coach will assist with planning the event and building a new community partnership between the student organization and a non-profit agency.? Students selected for this level of funding must complete their service project by December 15, 2017.

 

Continuous Service Award (up to $1,000):
 

The Continuous Service Award is for students organizations looking to participate in a long-term experience. It is a year long award to engage in ongoing service; such as starting a new service program on campus or for your organization. Recipients of the continuous service award must engage in at least 5 service activities throughout the year, and must complete their project by May 15, 2018.

 

Info Session
 

If your student organization is interested, we encourage that you or someone from your organization attend the Columbus Service Support Program information session on August 30th from 5:30-6:30 pm in the Ohio Union Maudine Cow Room.

 

Orientation
 

All recipients selected for funding are required to attend the Columbus Service Support Program orientation session on October 1st from 1:30-3:00 pm. Orientation is mandatory as we will be sharing important information about the award and coaching process. The initial meeting between the Pay it Forward service coach and the student organization will also take place at this time.

 

Contact Information

Any questions about the Columbus Service Support Program can be directed to Kaitlyn Conine (conine.128@osu.edu) or Caroline Corona (corona.37@osu.edu).