Fighting Poverty with a Passion and a University Partner

With pressures to both develop skills necessary for an emerging job market and to develop strong, active, and ethical citizens, higher education institutions are facing a period reform. This article presents a case study of an academic center that strives, as part of its mission, to cultivate civically healthy communities through strategic university-community partnerships. Specifically, the case study examines the role of an academic center hosting an AmeriCorps VISTA program in building the capacity of school district, nonprofit, and faith-based organizations that are individually and collectively seeking to enhance educational resources and opportunities for K-12 homeless students. The article describes the rationale, theory, design, and early results of this partnership, and it suggests implications for both university-community partnerships and national service initiatives.

Download the article here (or click the image below) from the Journal of Nonprofit Management.


Published by Prof. dr. Thomas Bryer

Dr. Thomas Bryer is professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida, Fulbright Scholar and Specialist, Professor at Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania) and Visiting Professor Edge Hill University (United Kingdom).

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