The 505 Initiative: Service learning and student philanthropy in graduate social work

Jessica Averitt Taylor, James E. Taylor, Caroline Macke


This case study describes a community engagement project involving graduate social work students. The project centered on a specific area in Northern Kentucky, the Westside neighborhood of Newport. Efforts included a student philanthropy component that fostered community exploration, an assessment of strengths and challenges, service learning and an involved grants process, and student-initiated volunteer hours. The students demonstrated increased commitment to the community and connected community engagement with student philanthropy and course concepts. 

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