- The Mississippi Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE),
housed at Southern Miss, will be celebrating a successful three-year
grant cycle with its cornerstone program, the Lighthouse Partnerships
initiative, in Jackson on June 18 and 19.
Partnership program created partnerships between a K-12 school,
a higher education institution and a community/faith-based organization
to provide high-quality after-school programs. These programs utilize
service learning to enhance educational achievement and promote
civic engagement through service projects that benefit the local
Partnership initiative is a unique approach to empowering communities,"
said Vickie Nudelman, CCCE outreach and training coordinator. "For
example, our higher education consortium of five Lighthouse Partnership
sites provided after-school service-learning opportunities to more
than 3,000 elementary school students from low-income families.
It also engaged more than 1,500 college students in service learning."
that 78 percent of faculty surveyed indicated that service learning
improved student learning, and 25 percent of after-school enrollees
improved their grade by at least one full letter grade.
Partnership program is making a difference in the lives of Mississippi's
students," she said. Currently, there are 21 Lighthouse Partnership
sites across the state.
will begin June 18 with a daylong Habitat For Humanity service project
at 948 Central St. in Jackson and conclude with a morning celebration
party highlighting each program's successes at the Edison Walthall
Hotel on June 19.
The CCCE, which
can be accessed online at www.ccce.usm.edu,
began in November 2000 to administer the three-year Lighthouse Partnership
program through funding from the Corporation for National and Community
Service Learn and Serve America initiative, the Mississippi State
Department of Education and the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer
has brought in more than $2.6 million to the CCCE during the past
three years. Building on its success with the Lighthouse Partnerships,
the CCCE has expanded to administer three additional programs: AmeriCorps*VISTA,
Reading Is Fundamental, and Campus Link AmeriCorps. In addition,
the CCCE provides service-learning fellowships to teachers and faculty,
technical assistance training, and service-learning curriculum certification.
For more information,
contact Vicki Nudelman by phone at (601) 266-6913 or by e-mail at