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Leading Reflections for One -Time Service Events Making Service a Meaningful Experience Presentation by: Sam Hanson & Caitlin Froemming From St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI Who we are… The ALIVE Team

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leading reflections for one time service events

Leading Reflections for One -Time Service Events

Making Service a Meaningful Experience

Presentation by:

Sam Hanson & Caitlin Froemming

From St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI

who we are
Who we are…
  • The ALIVE Team
  • Active Leaders in Vocation Exploration
  • Peer Ministry
  • Provide One-Time Service Opportunities for Residents
why reflect
Why Reflect?
  • People identify why they are serving.
  • Look at whom they are serving.
  • Look at the bigger picture (hunger, poverty, homelessness, caring for the poor and vulnerable, etc.)
  • Address Stereotypes:
    • Voice concerns and stereotypes prior to service work.
    • Debrief afterward; Were stereotypes reinforced? Struggle overcoming stereotypes? Etc…
pre reflections
Pre - Reflections
  • Immediately before the service event
  • Education
    • Where are you going? What does the organization with which you are working do?
    • Who are you serving?
    • Why is this kind of service important?
  • Reflection
    • Participants’ expectations and hopes
    • Any Pre-existing stereotypes / concerns / worries?
post reflections
Post - Reflections
  • Immediately after the service event
  • Reflection
    • Participants’ reactions
    • Debrief any negative experiences
    • What did we learn / gain?
    • Impact of service
    • What now?
    • Possibility: Examine broader social justice issue
methods of reflection
Methods of Reflection
  • Discussion
    • Share experiences with the group; best

moments, challenges

    • Discussion/reflection questions are to

be used to guide, but not constrain the discussion.

    • From surface questions to deeper ones.
  • Prayer
    • Prayer books, silent reflection

followed by prayer, prayer based

on area of service, etc…

  • Movie clips
methods of reflection cont d
Methods of Reflection (cont’d)
  • Journaling
    • Very useful reflection method.
    • Gives time for personal reflection as well

as something to look back to and reflect on a later date.

    • Provide questions as guidelines if needed.
  • Quotes
    • Bring several quotes on strips of paper.
    • Participant chooses one

that speaks to them.

  • Poems
  • Play – Doh
  • Music
discussion reflection questions
Discussion/Reflection Questions
  • Descriptive
  • Emotive
  • Interpretive
  • Self Reflective
  • Considering Broader Societal Issues
  • What Can You Take Away?

*Center for Community Service and Justice at Loyola in Maryland

what has worked for us
What has worked for us…
  • Structure
    • Do service on the weekend.
    • Keep the students off campus!
    • Provide food as part of the post reflection (Pizza, coffee, cookies, etc...).
    • If there is a large group, break into small groups.
    • Keep people on the same level.
    • Come with a plan, but be flexible.
    • Collaborate with RAs.
what has worked for us cont d
What has worked for us… (cont’d)
  • Methods of Reflection
    • Share information about the service site; their mission, what they do.
    • Have a representative from the organization meet the group and introduce the site.
    • Allow enough time for personal reflection.
    • Choose questions based on your audience.
    • Spiritual dimension
  • Include evaluation after reflection.
small groups
Small Groups
  • Please break out into groups of 3 or 4.
  • Brainstorm a reflection for a Service Project.
    • Environment/setting
    • Structure
      • Methods of reflecting
    • Types of materials to use in reflection
    • Length of reflection
possible resources for reflections
Possible Resources for Reflections
  • Movies That Matter. Richard Leonard, S.J.
  • Great Quotes from Great Leaders. Compiled by Peggy Anderson.
  • How Can I Help? Ram Dass & Paul Gorman.
  • Light One Candle Quotes for Hope and Action. Compiled by Arrington Chambliss, Wayne Meisel, & Maura Wolf.
  • Prayer Without Borders. Catholic Relief Services.
  • Radical Compassion: Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor. Gary Smith, S.J.
  • Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life. Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat.
  • A Simple Path. Mother Theresa.
  • The Holy Bible.
  • This PowerPoint and other Resources can be found on http://www.snc.edu/ccsl/reflection.html
questions or comments

Questions or Comments??

For additional Questions, e-mail:

sam.hanson@snc.edu

caitlin.froemming@snc.edu