Spring 2008 |
Twenty-two profiles of Care Corps clients. Twenty-two separate profiles of
homeless people. Twenty-two students whose eyes were opened to a need and a
cause in Fremont. A cause that affects more than Fremont. Omaha. Nebraska.
The United States. The community.
This winter quarter, Melissa Tayles gave her Composition I class an
assignment involving interviewing and writing skills that are common in
composition classes. But her assignment had a twist. The students were to meet
a client from Care Corps, an organization aiding the homeless in Fremont,
interview them and write a profile of the individual.
"My hope is that this assignment will allow the students to have a
stronger sense of readership/audience in addition to a stronger sense of
purpose and perspective," Tayles said. "In addition, this service
learning project will allow the students to become familiar with an agency in
the community and a population that is often overlooked or
Tayles incorporated the assignment into the class unit Profiling a Person
Connected to a Place. The students were encouraged to visit the center prior
to the interview to learn about the organization and the population.
"It really benefits our students because it creates awareness of a
need in Fremont and from this, our students might get more involved,"
Fremont Area Center director Todd Hansen said.
The class returned to Care Corps to share their profiles, and Tayles said
the project allowed the clients to have a voice.
"The clients will discover that by speaking with MCC´s students
they have dispelled many of the stereotypes and labels that the public has
about the homeless," Tayles said. "Many of the clients felt that by
talking to the students they were able to share their story in a new way; the
clients instantly recognized the education they were able to offer to