The Phoenix Service Learning Course is one of five, week-long, field-based service learning courses that engages students in community-based collaboration within the Central Phoenix area. Students provide service to the host community while learning about factors influencing public health in an urban environment. The 2014 Phoenix Urban service learning course exposed our students to many vulnerable populations in the urban area. Community partner organizations for the 2014 course ranged from the Division of Behavioral Health Services at ADHS to the Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center in the neighborhood where the College's Phoenix Programs site is located. Above, students pose in front of the Phoenix Water Writes Mural in Central Phoenix during part of a mural tour facilitated by local artist Chandra Narcia where issues of community development, gentrification, and telling stories of community issues through arts were discussed. In the photo below, Dr. Cecilia Rosales and Erik West, catering supervisor at St. Mary’s Food Bank, pose in front of the Community Kitchen, where all of the lunches for the students for the course were made.
Three community panels were also hosted during the course where meaningful discussion and learning took place. Panels included:
- Growing up in Central Phoenix
- Building Healthy Communities, and
- Urban American Indian Issues
Below, Growing up in Central Phoenix panelists Phoenix Councilman Calvin Goode, Linda Torres, of the Arizona Latino Arts Cultural Center, and Mary Stephens, owner of the Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center pose with faculty and students.
In the photo to the right, Phoenix service learning students at St Mary’s Food Bank pack up produce bags before they distribute food baskets to community members; and below, students gather in front of the Arizona Latino Arts Cultural Center after a discussion about Health and the Arts.