Mason Hosts Delegation Preparing for 2008 Beijing Olympics

Posted: July 10, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason’s Center for Leadership and Community Engagement (CLCE), formerly the Center for Service and Leadership, will host a delegation from Beijing, China, that will mobilize and manage the 100,000 volunteers needed for the 2008 Summer Olympics and Paralympics.

The visitors, who will be on the Fairfax Campus today, represent universities and offices with ongoing responsibilities for engaging students and youth in volunteer service projects. The visit is part of a larger strategic effort to build capacity not just for the Olympics, but to maintain interest and momentum for volunteering into the future.

CLCE staff will facilitate a workshop and conversation on youth volunteerism, volunteer project management and service learning. The workshop will include discussions with New Century College faculty who use service learning to get students involved in volunteering.

Annually, Mason students provide approximately 12,000 recorded volunteer service hours serving 50 community organizations.

CLCE organizes volunteer projects during the academic year for students, faculty and staff and serves as a resource for service learning. The Alternative Break program offers students the opportunity to visit communities around the country for a week of service during winter or spring break, focusing on particular community issues such as HIV/AIDS, youth development or affordable housing.

In addition, CLCE coordinates a leadership minor with New Century College that integrates experiential learning.

For more information, see the CLCE web site or call 703-993-2900.

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