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Feinstein Enriching America Program

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"The real heroes of the future will be those who reach out to uplift the lives of others."
-Alan Shawn Feinstein

What is the Feinstein Enriching America Program?
Created by Alan Shawn Feinstein in 1995, the Feinstein Enriching America Program (FEAP) is the service learning component of URI 101. The goal of FEAP is to engage each URI first-year student in a meaningful community service activity that connects them to community around them. FEAP is part of the Feinstein Experience.


URI 101 Mentors and Civic Engagement
It is expected that mentors should participate in at least one service project. When you participate in the project (with or without your class), we expect you to act as a mentor. We hope the civic engagement experience enhances you and your students' awareness about the surrounding community. We also hope that your students are able to learn new ways to involve themselves in the community and become responsible citizens. Reflection before and after the project will help foster this learning while also including opportunities to get involved in the future, both on and off campus. All projects are led by Feinstein student leaders- Service Interns and Civic Engagement Leaders (CELs). They will be present on every project to facilitate the experience and lead reflection.


What is Civic Engagement and Service Learning?
Civic Engagement is a broader concept of community involvement and awareness that can include service, advocacy, service learning, volunteerism and/or political participation. Civic Engagement can include:

 Direct Service (“Volunteer focused”)

  • Serving at a meal kitchen
  • Helping to build affordable housing
  •  Tutoring a child
  • Participating in town clean-up
  • Joining the armed forces

Indirect Service (“Program or Issue focused”)

  • Raising awareness  for issues through projects like Relay for Life and other health walks
  • Making pillows or books to donate to children from low income families
  • Donating $25 to Red Cross
  • Raising funds for homelessness

Advocacy (“Policy Focused”)

  • Organizational involvement
  • Educating others about issues in the community.
  • Writing a letter to an elected official or editor of the newspaper
  • Voting


Reflection is a vital part of civic engagement and service learning because it allows students time to put their service into personal, cultural and world contexts. Through reflection activities, students learn more about themselves, others, and how things are interrelated.

Sarah Miller, Coordinator
Feinstein Civic Engagement Program
Roosevelt Room 135
(401)-874-7422           
sgmiller@uri.edu 

                                    
Clearinghouse for Volunteers
Roosevelt Room 133
(401)-874-2568

urivolunteers@gmail.com


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