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Jan and Bud Richter Center

Effective Programs

Getting Started

Before designing your course, consider the following elements critical to productive programs:

  • engage people in responsible and challenging actions for the common good.
  • provide structured opportunities for people to reflect critically on their service experience.
  • articulate clear service and learning objectives for everyone involved.
  • whenever possible, allow for those with needs, or those closest to them, to define those needs.
  • clarify the responsibilities of each person and organization involved.
  • match service providers and service needs through a process that recognizes changing circumstances.
  • expect genuine, active, and sustained organizational commitment.
  • include training, supervision, monitoring, support, recognition, and evaluation to meet service and learning goals.
  • insure that the time commitment for service and learning is flexible, appropriate, and in the best interests of all involved.