Summary: 2011-2012 MDCC-VISTA
UMCP Community Partner Liaison
Community Service-Learning (CSL), a part of the Leadership & Community Service-Learning unit in
the Adele H. Stamp Student Union, engages students at the University of Maryland in meaningful
community service-learning with the local community through resources, programs, and events. CSL
strives to educate students about the root causes of pressing social issues while making a meaningful
and immediate difference in the local community.
The MDCC-VISTA UMCP Community Partner Liaison at the University of Maryland, College Park
(UMCP) will work with the Northwestern Connection program and Center for Educational
Partnerships program to increase educational attainment and decrease drop-out rates of middle and
high school students at two local schools. The VISTA will provide organizational structure and
avenues to connect UMCP students with tutoring and mentoring programs geared towards
Northwestern High School (NWHS) and William Wirt Middle School students, both within two
miles of the University. This VISTA position addresses the need for "cradle-through-college"
solutions by helping to grow the seeds planted through the great work accomplished by the
University of Maryland chapter of America Read*America Counts in Prince George's County
elementary schools, through middle and high school, towards the goal of college matriculation.
Specific responsibilities include:
Foster relationships and strengthen communication between the University of Maryland and
Northwestern High School and William Wirt Middle School, through the Northwestern