"Developing Programs to Sustain a Local Community Asset"
For the past two years Auburn has collaborated with the Tuskegee Human & Civil Rights Multicultural Center, a museum and visitor's center that educates the public on the shared history and heritage of Macon County, one of five distressed ARC counties in Alabama. The Center is the primary partner, but in order to create a collaborative environment across the county and broaden the project's impact, as well as student interaction with local citizens, we created a steering committee of individuals representing, at least, the following entities, all of whom are familiar with our projects and interested in participation: Tuskegee Youth Safe Haven, City of Tuskegee Economic and Community Development Department, Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce, Tuskegee University, Macon County Commission, Macon County Cooperative Extension, and National Park Service sites in Tuskegee. The focus of our action project was to research, design, recruit, execute, and evaluate a one-day camp experience for 25 children ages 8 to 12 at the Center. The camp experience was a pilot project that was evaluated in three distinct but related ways using the following questions: Does the Center have the physical infrastructure necessary to execute a successful camp for children? Does the camp template we execute provide a workable model that can be replicated? Do the camp activities result in knowledge gained in the content areas?
Dr. Mark Wilson
Community and Civic Engagement Coordinator
College of Liberal Arts
Auburn University, AL 36849
Telephone: (334) 844-6198
Previous Conference Participation: 2012 2011 2010