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Service Learning Opportunities

Earn Credit and Make a Difference!

The Department of Psychology offers multiple ways to become involved in the community while earning credit toward your degree. Each of the Service Learning Courses below fulfills the experiential lab requirement for the Psychology major. Both Psychology and BCN majors will find the Service Learning Courses to be a rewarding experience that allows you to apply your knowledge outside of the classroom.

Please see the sections below for more details regarding our Service Learning Courses.

Detroit Initiative- Psych 325

Detroit Initiative- Psych 325

Established in 1995, the Detroit Initiative seeks to provide opportunities for students to engage in further education, service, and research in the Detroit area through a focus on community-identified priorities.

Each Detroit Initiative course contains an internship component, where students spend 2-4 hours each week working with a community-based organization in Detroit. At these sites, students participate in such activities as tutoring or supervising children in after-school or summer programs, working on community education projects or on community research projects, and or doing outreach into the community. Internships are supervised by the instructor and program staff, as well as by a staff person at the community-based organization.

The Detroit Initiative offers three undergraduate psychology courses during Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms under the course Psych 325. These classes are also cross-listed with American Culture. For more information regarding these courses, please visit the Detroit Initiative website.

Michigan Mentorship- Psych 304

Michigan Mentorship- Psych 304

Michigan Mentorship offers a unique opportunity for undergraduates to help local “at risk” grade school students by acting as mentors. This program has been very successful, as young students experience personal gains in self-confidence, persistence, self-knowledge, support and friendship.

Through Michigan Mentorship, UM students volunteer in Ann Arbor Public Schools and Peace Neighborhood Center. Students gain valuable experiences that help them better understand theories of motivation, child development, and learning. We aim to help shape an individual’s perspective and outlook on life.

An application is required before enrolling in Psych 304. If you are interested in obtaining an application, please email Dr. Ellen Quart at equart@umich.edu.

Michigan Mentorship is offered during Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer terms. For more information, please visit the Michigan Mentorship website.

Project Outreach- Psych 211

Project Outreach- Psych 211

Project Outreach offers an opportunity for UM students to provide meaningful service to others while learning about psychology in action. The purpose of Project Outreach is to allow students to learn about themselves and psychology by becoming involved in community settings. Outreach students engage in real work in the community, designed to meet community needs.

With five unique sections, Project Outreach allows students to identify a particular topic of interest, learn about psychology as it relates to their section topic, and volunteer in relevant environments.

Please see the blue drop-down sections below for more details about the five Project Outreach topics:

  • Working with Preschool Children
  • Mind, Music, & Community
  • Juvenile & Criminal Justice
  • Health, Illness, & Society
  • Using My Psychology Degree

Requirements:

  • Attendance at lectures and small group discussions, two hours per week
  • Discussion participation
  • Responsible participation in placements, four hours per week
  • Completion of a weekly journal
  • Class exam

Transportation: M-Bus, AATA, personal vehicle, or a UM vehicle.

 

Any questions regarding Project Outreach can be sent to project.outreach@umich.edu.

Project Outreach Group Leading- Psych 306

Project Outreach Group Leading- Psych 306

Psych 306 gives students the opportunity to take on a leadership role within Project Outreach. Once enrolled in Psych 306, students are trained to be Group Leaders for Psych 211 students. Group Leader responsibilities include facilitating small group discussions, maintaining a relationship with a placement site, grading assignments and providing feedback, demonstrating sensitivity to multicultural differences in a classroom setting, and more.

While it is helpful to have previously taken Psych 211 before enrolling in Psych 306, it is not required.

Students may become a Group Leader for any of the following sections:

  • Working with Preschool Children
  • Mind, Music, & Community
  • Juvenile & Criminal Justice
  • Health, Illness, & Society
  • Using My Psychology Degree

 

 

Enrolling in Psych 306 requires a short application process. You may apply to be a Group Leader here!

Any questions regarding Project Outreach can be sent to project.outreach@umich.edu.

Please see the sections below for more information regarding specific sections of Project Outreach.

Psych 211-001: Working with Preschool Children

Lectures and discussions for this section occur on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Students in this section volunteer in various preschool and day care settings throughout the Ann Arbor community. In lectures and discussions, students will learn about topics relating to child and developmental psychology.

Placement Sites:

  • Ann Arbor Preschool and Family Center
  • Ann Arbor Head Start- General Education
  • Ann Arbor Preschool: Early Childhood Developmentally Delayed Program
  • Community Day Care
  • First United Methodist Cooperative Nursery
  • Green Apple Garden
  • Jewish Community Center
  • Michigan Medicine Children’s Center
  • St. Thomas Little Saints Preschool
  • Washtenaw Community College Children’s Center
  • Ypsilanti Headstart

Psych 211-002: Mind, Music, and Community

Lectures and discussions for this section occur on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

This section gives students the opportunity to share their passion for music by volunteering in the community while learning about the psychology of music. Students who are enthusiastic about singing or playing a musical instrument are encouraged to enroll- however, it is not expected that students who register for this section will have musical talent. Rather, students should have a desire to share their creative spirit with others. Performances will be done for children in local preschools and residents of memory care units in local senior living communities. Lectures and readings explore the broad range of psychological and neuropsychological issues related to music and musical performance, including a focus on music as therapy. No auditions are required.

Placement Sites:

  • Evangelical Homes of Michigan
  • Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
  • Green Apple Garden Playschool

Psych 211-003: Juvenile and Criminal Justice

Lectures and discussions for this section occur on Tuesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The goals of this section are to enhance students’ awareness of current issues facing adolescents and adults who are involved in the criminal justice system, to allow students to explore and develop their roles as mentors, supporters, and role models, and to encourage learning and increase self-esteem in the youths and adults at the filed placements.

Placement Sites:

  • Center for Forensic Psychiatry
  • Cooper Street Correctional Facility
  • Guiding Harbor
  • Monroe County Youth Center
  • Vista Maria
  • Washtenaw County Jail
  • Washtenaw County Youth Center

Psych 211-004: Health, Illness, and Society

Lectures and discussions for this section occur on Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

This section provides an opportunity for students to volunteer with residents of local senior living communities. Students participate in a wide variety of activities, centered around assisting with patient care. There will be many opportunities for visiting with patients and assisting nurses and facility staff with events and daily activities.

Placement Sites:

  • Evangelical Homes
  • Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
  • University Living
  • Villa Health Care

Psych 211-005: Using Your Psychology Degree

Lectures and discussions for this section occur on Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The objective of this course is to motivate students to explore careers that are available with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and to learn about which career opportunities are best suited for their interests. Lectures and discussions will include professional development and an exploration of various career areas that are relevant to individuals with a Bachelor's degree in psychology.

Placement Sites:

  • Community Action Network
  • Department of Psychology Student Academic Affairs Office
  • Evangelical Homes of Michigan
  • Glacier Hills Senior Living Community
  • Ten Thousand Villages