The New Student Civic Engagement Program is a unique experience that combines an introduction to the Wentworth community and the local Boston community with a day of civic engagement. Incoming students receive a community introduction, and are able to connect with fellow first year students who share an interest in community service, and have the opportunity to perform a community project together before starting their first semester. NSCEP is a great way for first year students to get to know the community of Boston and Wentworth. First year students who apply and are accepted to NSCEP receive a community orientation the day after they move onto campus and participate in a day of service during Wentworth's Opening Week events.
During the 2011-2012 academic year, a total of 85 students participated in eight service days for a total of 595 hours of service. These events improved the lives of more than 68,000 Boston residents in various ways from providing Thanksgiving Dinner to cleaning public spaces and creating education enriching materials for classrooms.
Fall 2012 Service Days
Mission Hill Road Race, October 20, 2012
The Mission Hill Road Race takes place every year and includes participants from the local schools, universities, community groups, hospitals and residents from all around the city. The Puddingstone Pot is awarded to the Institution that has the most participants, which can include runners, walkers and volunteers. While Wentworth did not take home the coveted Pot this year, we had a great volunteer turn out.
Over 900 people participated in the 2012 Mission Hill Road Race with 525 registered runners, 226 walkers and 150 youth from Sociedad Latina, Tobin Community Center, and Hyde Square Task Force. The race is put on every year by Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services and this year, $29,800 was raised to benefit the Kevin Fitzgerald Park on the top of Mission Hill. The money raised from last year's race was used to complete the construction of the new stairs in the Park to make it more accessible.
Number of Students: 10
Number of Hours: 29
Tobin Elementary School, November 3, 2012
Number of Students: 26
Number of Hours: 91
Charles River Conservancy, November 10, 2012
The Charles River Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens' advocacy group dedicated to the renewal of the Charles River Parklands. Volunteers spent their time helping to plant over 3,000 tulip bulbs. The Charles River Conservancy plants up to 10,000 bulbs each year along the banks of the river.
Number of Students: 14
Total Hours Worked: 56
Alice Heyward Taylor, January 12, 2012
A group of volunteers went over to the Alice Taylor apartments to lend a much needed hand with some facilities maintenance. Volunteers were responsible for wiping down windows, sweeping &mopping all floors of the building while also making sure that all stairways were clear. Some tenants were so grateful for the help Wentworth provided that they even stepped out of their apartment and thanked their neighbors at Wentworth.
Number of Students: 14
Number of Hours: 56