Our job at Campus Compact is to educate college students to become active citizens who are well‐equipped to develop creative solutions to society’s most pressing issues.
To do this Utah Campus Compact provides leadership opportunities, training, stipends, and awards for students who are involved or are interested in becoming involved in civic engagement.
According to the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism Utah has ranked #1 for nine consecutive years for volunteerism and civic engagement.
So what is civic engagement? It is people who care about their community, whether it be local, state, national, or global communities. They recognize their responsibility to community and work together to make a difference or change society by addressing public concerns and improving the quality of the community.
There are many ways to be involved or “civically engaged” but we can describe six general career paths that students tend to become involved in:
- Activism/Community Organizing.
- Community-engaged scholarship including service-learning classes and other college directed service.
- Direct service, including AmeriCorps, which can be broken down into:
- direct service to the population: for example serving a meal to people at a homeless shelter
- indirect: helping a nonprofit by creating pamphlets or designing their website and thereby helping the community
- and non-direct: clearing invasive plant species from a waterway that then has an environmental impact on the community
- Philanthropy: the desire to help others by donating money, property, etc., or through the creation of foundations and charitable organizations
- Policy/ governance: whether through political representation or participation in other political processes to influence or change community.
- Social-entrepreneurship (social-e)/corporate social responsibility: business are finding ways to seek public good in addition to the private good of the company through entrepreneurship to implement solutions to social and/or environmental issues, the allowance of company employees to have paid hours to engage in volunteering or other civic engagement, corporate sponsorship of nonprofit initiatives, etc.
So check out the submenu to the left to learn more about what Utah Campus Compact has to offer to students. Interested in a career in volunteering and the nonprofit sector? Check it out!