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Hip Hop Literacy - Learning literacy through Hip Hop

Service Learning Designated

The program uses young people's interest in hip hop music to develop literacy skills, including writing, performing and recording their own music, as well as helping children gain confidence and explore their creative sides.

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People's Clinic

People's Clinic ensures that patients and their families have access to nutritious foods that lead to healthy eating! That is why they started the “Peoples Community Garden” in 2019.  This project is conducted in partnership with faculty and students of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education along with AmeriCorps. 

YWCA - English Language Learner Classes

Service Learning Designated

Collaboration with the YWCA of Black Hawk County and UNI students stretches back more than five years. UNI students supervise lessons and serve as conversation partners for YWCA students. The UNI students are studying English, Spanish, a combination of the two, or are preparing to become teachers of those disciplines. The YWCA students come from a variety of backgrounds such as Burma, Bosnia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Allen College Engagement & Salvation Army Partnership (ACE-SAP)

Service Learning Designated

Under the coordination and supervision of Dr. Kelli Snyder & Dr. Tricia Schrage, senior athletic training students are required to spend a minimum of four hours at the ACE-SAP Free Clinic

Cedar Valley Regional Food & Farm Network

A coalition of individuals, food and farm businesses, Black Hawk County Public Health, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, UNI Local Food Program and other community organizations & leaders working together to positively impact the local food system. 


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UNI’s Fortepan partnership with Jesse Cosby Center

“FI0001671,” Waterloo, IA, 1950 by Henderson, Jesse/Fortepan Iowa, “,” CC-BY-SA 4.0

As a Black janitor working at the "white only" Waterloo Recreation Center in the 1950s, Jesse Cosby set out to offer recreational activities for local Black children. This and many other photos of Cosby were donated by his great nephew, Jesse Henderson

Walnut Tree Planting

Service Learning Designated

Tree planting

Green Iowa AmeriCorps and CEEE staff and students helped, as did the Waterloo Schools Project Search participants.  Church partners, neighbors, and Habitat for Humanity staff and homeowners.