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Project
Connect

Exists to empower and involve the student body to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low income and historically underrepresented communities.

There are three programs that make up Project Connect. The Recruitment and Retention Resource Center’s Internship program is designed to empower San Francisco State University students by developing professional and leadership growth through their student involvement. As mentors, role models and activists, students will impact under represented communities. The Internship program offers SFSU students an opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with other students through mentoring and group activities. It allows students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the various campus retention and recruitment services available.

The ASI Project Connect Internship program offers SFSU students the opportunity to earn university credit for their community service hours provided on/off campus as mentors and service referral providers. SFSU students must sign up for the ETHS 697 class offered for Project Connect. Student may also be registered through Community Service Learning (CSL) program in the College of Ethnic Studies or the Community Involvement Center (CIC) on campus. ASI Project Connect will serve as an agency for these students to volunteer their time.

The objective of the ASI Project Connect Internship program is to develop professional leadership skills and to connect students with existing SFSU recruitment and retention programs. Interns will contribute and will make a difference in recruitment and retention efforts of the center and the university.

Retention

Interns in the Retention department will become familiar with retention services and resources available on campus such us financial aid, advising and tutoring services, university graduation requirements and general information about SFSU. Interns in this department will help with the following events and programs: Information Fair/Festival, Mixers, Peer Mentorship Program, Resource Center, Book Loan Program, Referral Program, and AS Scholarships & Awards Ceremony.

The purpose of the fair is to provide opportunities for students to connect with programs and services available on campus. It serves as a Welcoming Day for new and returning students. It offers the opportunity to connect directly with University programs, AS programs and student organizations. Students are encouraged to enter our Connect 4 Drawing by connecting with all participating groups in the Information Fair. This event is an avenue to promote the Book Loan Service among new incoming students and also to recruit new interns for the semester. AS Project Connect provides entertainment and makes proper tabling reservations for all entities that choose to join the Information Fair. This is an annual outdoor event scheduled for the fall semester and followed up by student mixers and Open House.

This annual event is for students to find out what AS Project Connect is all about. It also allows the opportunity to find out more about the up and coming events and the application process for the scholarships, book loan and internship programs. Student mentors have the opportunity to interact with the campus and introduce themselves. The Advisory Council and AS Board of Directors play a role in this event as hosts and facilitators. Our first open house event, in spring 2006 served as an inauguration and a celebration of the unity of the AS Board of Directors, SCGB, student organizations, university programs and community members that work with center’s staff.

The purpose of a mixer is to give students an opportunity to network with peer mentors, university faculty and supporting programs staff in a social setting. The goal is to implement and foster a strong academic network at SFSU. There is a social aspect of the mixer which provides a space for students to relax and interact with each other. The University faculty and staff are encouraged to attend, as well as student groups and class groups. Project Connect provides food, drinks, and entertainment for this event. This indoor event serves as a follow up to the Informational Fair scheduled in the fall semester. This event also features a Connect 4 Drawing which provides $350 for books as first prize.

Recruitment

Interns in the recruitment department will learn outreach skills and how to navigate the bureaucracy within the public school system. Interns will serve as mentors, role models and tour guides to students visiting our campus. Interns in this department will help with the following events and programs:High Schools Outreach, Middle Schools Outreach, Elementary Schools Outreach, Community College Outreach, “Yes You Can” Student Panels, and College Interviews & Campus Tours.

Project Connect Outreach Department exists to empower the student body in promoting access to and awareness of higher education or low-income and underrepresented elementary through community college students. We provide free college awareness days for partnering elementary, middle, high school and community college students and their parents as well as provide other outreach services to schools during the year.

  1. We promote & support access to any institution of higher education. We do not limit our efforts to recruit for SF State University.
  2. We strive to help students be successful in school while at the same time fostering college awareness.
Early College Outreach Program for Elementary and Middle School students

 

The Early College Outreach Program exists to begin early awareness of higher education for students in historically underrepresented communities in San Francisco. The program targets youth at an early stage in their academic career and is essential for educational development. This program consists of two annual events:

 

  1. Early College Outreach Day (March) for Elementary School Students
  2. Higher Learning Day (April) for Middle School Students

 

In collaboration with various SFSU programs, teachers, parents and community partners, students are invited to SFSU to participate in these annual events each spring semester. Events consist of a series of age-appropriate and interactive workshops designed for the students, activities and lunch. The workshops for elementary students have a focus on self exploration and expression through arts and crafts and for middle school students an academic focus.

 

Prior to attending the program, SFSU students visit the school sites and facilitate workshops where students fill out a mock college application and also receive an acceptance letter.

Outreach Program for Bay Area High School and Community College students

 

The purpose of this program is to motivate and support students in pursuing and completing a higher education. The outreach program brings awareness to the fact that low-income and students of color are underrepresented in college and that in order to have equitable access to higher education, students need equitable support in K-14 education. This program also consists of two annual events:

 

  1. Connect to College Conference for Bay Area High School Students
  2. College Transfer Day for Bay Area Community College Students

 

Students in partnering schools from around the SF Bay Area are invited to come to SFSU and explore the university and campus life and have the opportunity to network with faculty, students and staff. These events take place in the fall semester and consist of academic, cultural and career oriented workshops.

 

The office of Financial Aid, Student Outreach Services, EOP and faculty and students facilitate the workshops. Outreach mentors present testimonials at student panel presentations, student life workshops and campus tours. AS Project Connect provides lunch and entertainment for both events. Overall, this program strives to connect high school and community college students with SFSU.

Our outreach department offers additional services to partnering schools:

 

  1. Mentoring and tutoring of students by trained Project Connect interns – specific sites only.
  2. Culturally relevant campus tours for schools.
  3. Shadow Days—“shadowing” of current SFSU students during a regular school day.
  4. Connecting schools with other SFSU & community resources.
  5. 30 ASI scholarships available to future SFSU students (HS seniors or transfer students).
  6. Motivational and informational presentations by SFSU students.
  7. SFSU Campus visits are sponsored by ASPC for 2hrs periods – includes: “You can do it” student panel and Campus Tours.

Student Leadership & Professional Development

Interns will be expected to attend workshops/training sessions on: cultural sensitivity, public speaking skills, presentations etc. Interns will be given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills by planning, evaluating, team building, strategizing, etc.

 

Interns will serve as community organizers and they will have the opportunity to work with the community on campus and off campus. As community organizers they will do outreach activities, organize presentations, workshops and events. They will also be responsible for making phone calls, preparing banners and material needed for outreach presentations and events. Students will help promote the RRC and SFSU services by being involved and informed.

 

In general all interns must attend developmental workshops and training sessions, participate during meetings and events, off campus outreach presentations, office duties and other related duties may be assigned as needed.

 

As a reward for all services provided, all interns and volunteers will be invited to attend the Annual Recognition Awards Banquet. This Banquet is a special event organized by the staff of the center in recognition of all work provided by interns/volunteers & student organizations.

 

Internship Qualifications:

 

Students interested in becoming interns must be registered student at SFSU with a preferred minimum GPA of 2.5. Students must complete an ASI Project Connect application each semester and sign up as interns or volunteers and commit a set amount of hours to contribute to the center’s mission and goals established by its staff. If you would like to inquire more about the different options to earn university credit for this internship please contact the ASPC Director.

 

Internship Commitment points:

 

  • Available to meet weekly for Internship meetings on Wednesdays from 3pm to 4pm.
  • Complete a minimum of 35hours (2-3hrs/wk) and/or as required for your CSL / CIC. (Students may complete their hours anytime during the week – prefer Wednesdays. We will accommodate your schedule for you to finish your required hours)
  • Complete all 5 required assignments:
    1. Campus Scavenger Hunt (Group activity)
    2. Tour Cards – for campus tours
    3. Reflection Paper on Internship experience
    4. News Article –Youth / Education (Group activity)
    5. Class /group or Public presentation
  • Be professional, a team player and willing to help others to succeed in college.
  • Must be committed to Project Connect mission statement and goals of the group.

Book Loan

Students are limited to borrow up to 2 books per semester. Students can only borrow books that are on-hand in the AS Project Connect Book Loan Inventory.

Policy and Guidelines

 

In order to participate in the ASPC Book Loan Service, students must meet the following guidelines:

  • Must be currently enrolled at SFSU with a minimum of 6 units
  • Must be a low-income student receiving Financial Aid or have AB540 status

The following represents the policies students agree to participate in the Associated Students Project Connect Book Loan Service at San Francisco State University.

  • Books are allocated on a first-come first-serve basis during the first two weeks of each semester
  • Students are limited to borrow up to 2 books per semester
  • Students can only borrow books that are on-hand in the ASPC Book Loan inventory list.
  • Inventory list is posted at the beginning of each semester outside ASPC office T-139
  • Students must return the books at the end of the semester by the specified deadline
    • If a student fails to return the book, the student will be billed the cost of the book and will be expected to make necessary payment to Associated Students at the ASI Business Office
    • If the student does not return or pay for the cost of the book within a month deadline, the issue will be forwarded to a credit collection agency at the discretion of AS Project Connect
  • Students will be billed for the cost of the book if the book is returned damaged beyond general wear and tear while in the possession of the student
  • Students must return all books to AS Project Connect Recruitment and Retention Resource Center located inside the Cesar Chavez Student Center on the terrace level T-139.

 

Directions: How to Apply

 

Please follow the directions to help avoid delays. Have your application completed and attach all the required documents. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

  • Check your syllabus or visit the Textbook Department at the SFSU Bookstore to identify all required book information.
  • Compare your book list to the ASPC book loan inventory list online. There is also a list that is updated weekly posted outside T-139. If there are books that match, fill out the ASPC Book Loan Service Application using OrgSync. Remember books will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. (To view PDF files, you may download Adobe Reader)
  • Must submit the following documents with your completed Book Loan Service Application:
    • Copy of your class schedule*
    • Copy of your financial aid award letter or SFSU financial statement *
    • Copy of your Current SFSU ID

* These items can be obtained and printed online at https://www.sfsu.edu/online/login.htm

Videos

Here’s a collection of videos from some of our events.

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Project Connect exists to empower and involve the student body to promote higher education and facilitate graduation for low income and historically underrepresented communities.

Location

Terrace Level of the
Cesar Chavez Student Center, T-139

Phone

(415) 405-0744