Projects from ECON 202 at ASC in Fall 2009
Elks Aidmore Children’s Center (Conyers, GA): The team created and implemented a program called “Enhancing Your Brand.” The program targeted a group of 12 teen-aged girls who are currently residing at the Elks Aidmore Children’s Center because of domestic and family issues. The program focused on such topics as body image, peer pressure, and nutrition.
Global Village School (Decatur, GA): The team created an Agnes Scott club which acts as a volunteer liaison between ASC and The Global Village School. The club will operate an ongoing sister program between ASC and GVS students involving both leisure activities and academic mentoring.
Glen Haven Elementary (Decatur, GA): The team created a Sustainable Arts Program at Glen Haven Elementary to enhance student understanding of sustainable living. The team presented educational videos and left Glen Haven with a booklet of craft projects that use recycled materials.
Projects from ECON 202 at ASC in Fall 2008
GOAL: The team created a high school internship position for GOAL. The team designed all resources necessary to recruit and select the intern. A copy of all materials, including electronic versions of the web and newsletter advertisements, will remain at GOAL for use with any high school.
Heifer International: The team held a Hunger Banquet to benefit Heifer International, a non-profit that seeks to end hunger and make people self-sufficient through the gift of livestock. The event itself was a fundraiser that educated participants about the effects of global hunger.
Healing Hearts, USA: The team worked with Healing Hearts, USA, a non-profit organization that provides mentoring, tutorial, and support services for children of incarcerated parents and victims of domestic violence. The team created a volunteer database of local churches and colleges in order for the executive directors of Healing Hearts, USA to connect with potential volunteers.
Amanda House: The team took on the task of preparing a study room for the Amanda House, a foster home for girls scheduled to open in January. To raise funds for furnishings, the team sold Chick-fil-A biscuits to Agnes Scott students and faculty. The team also collected book donations to begin a small library for the girls.
DeKalb Rape Crisis Center: The team worked with the DRCC to develop a partnership program entitled, "DeKalb Rape Crisis Center Community Partnership". The main mission was to provide the center with a series of letters and thank-you notes that would be mailed out to past and potential donors and volunteers in order to formalize their commitment to the DRCC and its cause.
Strong Sistas: The team created and implemented a body image workshop. Using a short film produced by Dove and the beauty reel of an artist at a post-production house as triggers for discussion and exploration, the team engaged the young women of Strong Sistas in a dialogue about beauty and beauty standards. They then facilitated a hands-on, creative project that provided workshop attendees with an opportunity to define and re-define beauty.
Projects from ECON 202 at ASC in Fall 2007
Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence (Atlanta): The team created two brochures for the Atlanta WRC: one designed to assist women in finding quality child care in the area, and the other designed to encourage women to take a stand against dating and domestic abuse.
Refugee Family Services: The team built a base fund to organize a Mother’s Day Brunch. This will be the first installation of an event that the team envisions developing into an annual affair. The brunch is designed to foster connections between refugee women and the broader community.
Dekalb County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates): The team helped Dekalb County CASA organize and implement its 10th Anniversary Celebration. The team worked with the Board in obtaining donations, compiling a guest list of volunteers and essential contacts, and generally planning and implementing the event. The celebration was designed to bring together past volunteers as well as to raise awareness of the valuable work performed by Dekalb County CASA.
Hagar House (new computers): The team obtained product/service donations from numerous area businesses, for which it sold raffle tickets in Evans Hall. The team also sold Chick-Fil-A biscuits in front of Alston. Resulting funds will be used to help Hagar House purchase new computers.
Hagar House (suit library): The team created a “suit library” that will enable the women of Hagar’s House to “check out” professional attire to wear on job interviews. The team collected in-kind donations of suits and professional attire from area churches and from ASC, and collected monetary donation in Evans Hall.
Projects from ECON 202 at ASC in Fall 2006
Atlanta Children’s Shelter: conducted a raffle-auction on behalf of the shelter. Members obtained item donations from over 30 Decatur businesses, for which members of the ASC community bought raffle tickets (sold at Evans entrance at lunchtime). The $850 raised enabled team members to purchase needed items (at Wal Mart) for the Atlanta Children’s shelter.
PAWS—Atlanta: proposed a new internship program for PAWS. Created job descriptions, parameters, and application packets to launch the PAWS initiative, and marketed it at Atlanta-area colleges.
Stand Up For Kids—Atlanta: obtained donations from area businesses to serve as incentives to improve volunteer retention rates. The team also proposed a bus transport system for Stand Up For Kids—Nationwide to improve volunteering rates. The proposal caught the eye of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, which asked the team to implement a survey assessing the need for transportation.
Sunrise of Decatur Senior Living: created an activities brochure on behalf of Sunrise, and established a relationship between Sunrise and the ASC volunteer office.