Community Project Selection
The Foundation criteria used to select projects may also be
used to measure the project once it is up and running, or after it has been
completed. Some of the criteria lend themselves to assigning metric scores;
others may be better evaluated on a non-metric basis.
ALUMNI INVOLVEMENT: An important component of a community service project is
the number of classmates volunteering their time. How well does the project
generate enthusiasm among classmates and families to volunteer their time?
PRINCETON NEXUS: Involvement of other Princeton alumni, faculty members,
and current students is also a consideration. Does the beneficiary organization
have a Princeton connection?
BENEFIT TO THE COMMUNITY SERVED: How much does the project benefit the community where the
project takes place, and how many individuals are served?
MONEY AND HOURS SPENT PER INDIVIDUAL
DIRECTLY SERVED: Weigh how many dollars and
volunteer hours are spent per end recipient against the value to the community
and individuals served.
TRANSFERABILITY AND REPRODUCIBILITY
OF THE PROJECT: It is very desirable that a
community service project be reproducible to others in need, and additionally
desirable that the project be transferable to
other organizations (classes or regional associations).
VALUE OF THE PROJECT AS A
DEMONSTRATION TO OTHER UNIVERSITY GROUPS AND TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC: How well does the project demonstrate the value of the
Princeton experience and the new motto "In the Nation's Service and the
Service of Humanity"?
Kayla Lawrence '15 has been named a Class of 1961 Fellow. Since graduating in June 2015 with a degree in Politics and a Certificate
in French, she has been serving as a member of Teach for America's New Jersey
Corps. She is currently teaching 1st Grade at BelovED Community Charter School in
New Jersey not too far from her home in Short Hills.
Caroline Davidsen '14 has been named a Class of 1961 Fellow. She will
be teaching in a New York City school. We welcome Caroline and look forward to
helping her to be the best teacher she can be. Jim Cole will be the point person
for the class and Frank Wisner has agreed to help Caroline as time permits in
his very busy schedule.
The Foundation hosted
a campus visit on May 9th by 25 students of Esther Clovis '12, one of our current
Teach For America Fellows. Our Mirror
Class of '16 was instrumental in making the visit a success. In the photo along with Esther (in the white Princeton sweatshirt) are Joe and Ev Prather, Jon Hlafter, and Bob Pickens.
On May 7, 2013, Foundation trustees Mike Horn, Jim
Kellogg, Ev and Joe Prather attended an event hosted by Teach For
America at the Newark Museum. Teach For America founder Wendy
Kopp ’89 was the featured speaker.
The Foundation has selected the proposal by Teach For
America as our first community service project. The project will involve many
of our classmates promoting education in a manner that reinforces
the value of the Princeton experience. All of
the projects that were submitted to the Foundation were carefully reviewed and
evaluated by Chair Cookie Krongard and his able project selection committee.
The Foundation has selected two recent Princeton
graduates who are in the Teach For America corps class of 2012 to receive
Princeton Class of 1961 Fellowships. The two are Andrea Francis ‘11 (right in photo) and Esther
Clovis ’12 (center in photo). Their commitment to Teach For America and their fellowships are for
two years and will wrap up at the end of the academic year in 2014. The
candidates were evaluated by Spence Reynolds who had the very difficult task of
recommending only two from the field of superbly qualified candidates for the
We will be providing mentoring and funding to Andrea and
classmates will be offered the opportunity to visit classes all over the
country where Teach For America teachers are teaching, and to participate in a
Jim Kellogg and Joe Prather went to Princeton
to meet the candidates for the fellowships. President Tilghman spoke to the
importance of Teach For America’s mission, and congratulated the newly accepted
Princeton students &ndash noting that it was more difficult to get accepted by Teach
For America than to be accepted by Princeton.
The trustees have become more and more convinced that the Foundation selected the best project possible by teaming up our class with
Teach For America. The impact of what we are doing will be big on the students
of our two Fellows, and just as big on our classmates.
for projects that meet the Foundation criteria from undergraduates are welcome. In addition, the Foundation welcomes suggestions for suitable projects
from the Princeton faculty, 1961 classmates, and any other interested parties. To propose a project, please fill out and submit the below form to the Project Selection Committee: