Princeton in NJ's Service

Wednesday, Mar 15, 2017
by Gwen McNamara, PACE Communications Coordinator
From creating documentary films in Dallas, Texas to building health and wellness curricula for youth in Charlottesville, VA to supporting programs for previously incarcerated men and women in Los Angeles, CA, 17 first-year students are making service – in all its broad forms – an integral part of their learning at Princeton University as 2017 Bogle Fellows. One of these students is June Philippe of Irvington, NJ who is assisting HS students in Newark with the college application process. She says “as a first-generation student, I’ve noted that a lot of the information that is necessary to a successful college experience is often passed down from those who attended college in their personal networks, however for low-income and first-generation students these resources are not made readily. I’d like to change this narrative in favor of the marginalized.”
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2017
by Sarah M. Binder, Woodrow Wilson School
On Dec. 9, 2016, the Woodrow Wilson School's annual student-organized service auction raised more than $16,000 for Trenton, N.J.-based nonprofit Isles Youth Institute. Isles, founded by Princeton alum Marty Johnson ’81, fosters self-reliant families and healthy, sustainable communities through a mission of “self-reliance through education.”
Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016
by Office of Communications
$9.12 million in taxes paid in 2016. $22 million in voluntary contributions over seven years. Construction of affordable housing. Direct support for public safety. Local transit service. Educational opportunities. Volunteer service. These are just a few of the ways that Princeton University supports the town of Princeton and the members of its community.
Thursday, Nov 10, 2016
by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
During a discussion with Princeton town officials Wednesday, Nov. 9, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber focused on shared values between town and gown and how leaders can continue to work together to further common goals. The public meeting at the Monument Hall municipal building was the fourth annual session among Eisgruber, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, and Princeton Council members Jo Butler, Jenny Crumiller, Heather Howard, Lance Liverman, Bernard Miller and Patrick Simon.
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016
by Maya Wahrman, Office of Religious Life
What could be a better welcome to America than carving pumpkins? That's what Matt Weiner, Princeton University's associate dean of religious life, and Patrick Barry, director of refugee and immigration services for Catholic Charities in Camden, New Jersey, were thinking when they brought 25 refugee youths to carve pumpkins with Princeton students one sunny Saturday in October. The refugees were mainly from Syria and Myanmar, and the Princeton students were from the Class of 2019.
Monday, Oct 17, 2016
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Improving access to affordable housing is a critical challenge around the country and across the globe. It's also an urgent concern just across Nassau Street from the University campus, in the municipality of Princeton. That made it a perfect fit for the inaugural Tiger Challenge, a program designed to help Princeton students tackle complex, real-world problems by providing support and nurturing their curiosity, creativity, compassion and courage. A team of four undergraduates spent part of the summer learning about affordable housing in Princeton through research and conversations with residents, municipal officials, affordable-housing experts and Tiger Challenge mentors.
Monday, Oct 10, 2016
by Danielle Alio, Office of Communications
Since 2009, the Princeton University Volunteer Fire Program has been serving both the University and surrounding community. The program consists of about 30 University staff members who volunteer during business hours to respond to emergencies with the Princeton Fire Department. For the Princeton Fire Department, which is an all-volunteer organization, the program ensures support during the day with University volunteers when town volunteers may be unable to answer a call.
Monday, Aug 22, 2016
by Michael Caddell, Office of Career Services
This summer, more than 160 undergraduate students are spending their breaks interning at public service and nonprofit organizations in over 30 cities in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Ireland and France as part of the Princeton Internships in Civic Service (PICS) program. Mikecia Clarke of Ewing, NJ, is among the undergraduates participating in the 8- to 10-week paid, alumni-sponsored public and nonprofit summer internships. The PICS program exposes students to the rewards of service and encourages participants to continue as volunteers and board members for nonprofits after graduation, in the Princeton tradition of service to humanity.
Monday, Aug 22, 2016
by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications
One hundred high school juniors from across the country, including Larissa Oliveira of Newark and Niranjana Bienkoloska of Hasbrouck Heights, recently spent seven weeks on Princeton's campus for LEDA's Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. LEDA is an independent nonprofit dedicated to developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from low-income backgrounds. This program allows students to gain access to and succeed at the country's most selective colleges and universities.
Friday, Aug 12, 2016
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications
Twenty years after she graduated from Princeton with a degree in ecology and evolutionary biology, Kate Heavers found herself back in class in a Guyot Hall laboratory. Heavers, who teaches biology, anatomy and physiology a few miles from campus at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, joined more than 20 other secondary school teachers from New Jersey schools for QUEST, a weeklong, hands-on program that helps teachers enhance their knowledge of science, math and technology.

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