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Service Learning & Leadership Opportunities
What is Service Learning?
A teaching methodology that engages students in hands-on academic projects in the community to meet learning objectives and strengthen communities.

Target Audience
Students from 742 School District, College Students from CSB, SJU, SCSU & SCTC. Adults 55+ looking to share their skills through Leadership Opportunities.

Student from SCSU presenting a Japanese Tea Ceremony and Calligraphy at WSCWhat is Service Learning & Leadership Opportunities to WSC?
Service-learning allows WSC to have an active bridge with the area school districts as well as the local Universities here in Saint Cloud, MN. Our role to these schools is that of a community partner working with each student individually to construct a project benefiting the participants of WSC, WSC’s facility and also the students. These projects provide real-life experiences to the students. As an older adult your Leadership Opportunities would be a service to the Whitney community and the area at large.

WSC Service Learning & Leadership Opportunities
Opportunities listed below are not limited to this list. WSC strives to offer creative and innovative opportunities for participants to be engaged and involved. Special Projects are also available for discussion. Opportunities are available in a variety of options depending on the individual’s capacity to be involved. Opportunities can be one-time, seasonal (ex: 4-6 weeks), or ongoing.

Computer Lab Assistant
We have an updated computer lab that houses seven computers. We offer several courses at WSC including: Computers Made Easy, Digital Photography,  Internet Shopping, and E-mail Only. Besides computer classes we also offer Open Lab. As part of open lab we require a staff member to be present to assist with questions. For the computer lab position one is asked to provide assistance to students with basic computer knowledge and know how, patience and some instruction.

Discussion Facilitator
WSC has several discussion groups that meet once a week or sometimes once a month. Most of the discussion groups are designed for a speaker to present for the first half and an open discussion for the second half. Each time the group meets a new topic of discussion a presenter is required. Sometimes instead of a presenter a documentary is shown and discussed. As a Discussion Facilitator you would be setting up the monthly schedules of speakers, confirming the speakers and their needs, and facilitating the group when they meet. Topics can depend on which group you would facilitate, but always keep in mind that the audience is age 55 and better. 

Whitney Fitness Desk
Duties would include greeting Fitness Club members, assisting as needed with equipment, being watchful for safety situations, and calling for help if needed. This might be for you if you have good inter-personal skills, an interest in working with older adults, and an interest in physical fitness. CPR training is required, and will be provided if needed.

Whitney Fitness Assistant
Duties would involve being available to help Fitness Center members with questions re: fitness and nutrition, demonstrating correct form for fitness exercises, and giving general advice for members to use in formulating their fitness programs. It could possibly include a time for scheduling special presentations about health and fitness issues. This job requires completion (or senior year) of a physical education or health and wellness degree program, or the completion of an A.C.E.-level personal or group fitness certification program. CPR training is required, and will be provided if needed.

National Issues Forum Moderator
National Issues Forums bring people together to talk about important issues. Each forum focuses on a specific issue and, help people of diverse views find common ground for action on issues that concern them deeply. NIF forums are structured deliberative discussions, led by trained moderators. Using nonpartisan issue books, participants weigh possible ways to address a problem. They analyze each approach and the arguments for and against.

Special Events Coordinator helping to serve dinner.Special Events Assistant
A great attribute to WSC is that we provide special events. These events can involve audience participation in the hundreds. It’s a great way for WSC to attract new members as well to provide an entertaining event to our regular patrons. Requirements of a Special Events Assistant would include: publicity through fliers and press releases, obtaining decorations and grocery lists for the special event, aligning volunteers for different stations at the event, confirming needs of the performer, carrying out tasks during the dinner and performance, and clean up.

Whitney Photographer
Capture the action and tell the stories of WSC participants through your images. Attend Special Events, classes and other related programming to WSC to share the experience with those who weren't there. Whitney Photographer will be awarded free admission to all Special Events. Whitney Senior Center reserves rights to use these images at their discretion.

Whitney Reporter
Extra extra read all about it! Whitney is looking for those interested in attending events and programs of WSC and then writing an article to be published in the Citizen Times. Tell the story of the event through interviews or quotes of participants and your own experience. Whitney Reporter will be given events in advance with one free admission to each event.

Whitney Historian
Love for History and organization? Help WSC discover it’s past and keep up to date with photos, news clippings, stories of the facility, staff and most of all our participants. Free admission to the Stearns History Museum included.

Whitney Tour Guide
Whitney has a free Orientation every Monday at 10:30 a.m. for anyone interested in learning more about the facility and services offered. Looking for Tour Guides to present a short video and then take a group on a facility tour. Information packets supplied as well as a Tour Guide sheet to help with the tour. Tour Guides would be on a monthly rotation.

Third Age University Instructor
Third Age University (TAU) offers a vast array of programming for participants to get involved in. These programs would not be possible without our quality Instructors. Classes can be ongoing, seasonal or one time, and range in areas of Art, Computer, Languages, Discussion, Fitness/Health, Dance, Seminars and Writing. TAU has several teaching opportunities at whatever capacity one wants to be involved.

Third Age University
Whitney Senior Center
Ph: (320) 255-7245