The Center for Civic Engagement coordinates volunteer experiences for students in the Syracuse community which provide unique service learning experiences, foster health and wellness in the community, and prepare future health care providers to be active citizens and leaders. Our students have worked with more than 300 youths at 16 local community organizations through these experiences.
Here is a listing of partners/projects the center works closely with:
Upstate medical and nursing students join other health professionals-in-training from other colleges to provide health care under the supervision of licensed health care professionals at the Amaus Clinic. Students may help with:
- The Free Walk in Clinic - provides health care Mondays and Fridays every week for the uninsured and impoverished in the Syracuse area. Amaus also offers regular physical exams required to get patients back into the work force.
- The Patient Navigator Program (PNP) - students learn about the underlying causes of poverty and social injustice, become familiar with services offered at Amaus and help patients navigate the healthcare system.
Adopt a School
At Martin Luther King Elementary School, Upstate students organize health fairs and nutritional programs, mentor students in reading and afterschool programs, and organize a science fair. SUNY Upstate is a member of the Partnership for Better Education, whose mission is to help Syracuse City School District students graduate and pursue higher education.
Booth House is an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless teens. These youths leave their homes and families due to abuse, neglect, or other conflicts. Upstate students provide mentoring and health education to the teens in this residence.
Catholic Youth Organization
The CYO center on the Northside of Syracuse is one of the many organizations in the area dedicated to working with the refugee population. Upstate students offer the children in the afterschool program mentoring and tutoring, and provide basic health and hygiene education.
Hopeprint is a not-for-profit organization serving the refugee population of Syracuse and the Northside community. The Hopeprint home, located on Syracuse's Northside, serves as a community center and resource for refugees. Upstate students assist with English classes, children's programming, nutritional and health education.
Upstate students work on two projects at the Rescue Mission, which offers a variety of social services to the Syracuse community.
- Crossroads: Students provide support and mentoring for the men living at the transitional living facility, some of whom are recovering from mental illness and/or drug and alcohol addiction.
- Meal Service: Students help prepare and serve meals to residents and guests.
The After School Program at the Salvation Army provides a safe and nurturing place for children ages 5-12 during afternoons, summers and holidays. Upstate student volunteers focus their programs on health education, especially personal hygiene. Biweekly visits consist of brief presentations on relevant health topics followed by reinforcing activities and development of social skills.
Southwest Community Center
Our students organize health fairs and nutritional programs, provide health education, and mentor and tutor children in grades K-12 at this neighborhood center on the southwest side of Syracuse.
University Dialysis Clinic
Students provide companionship to patients as they undergo dialysis. This allows students the opportunity to observe a unique clinical setting while learning about the psycho-social issues that accompany chronic illness.