Pioneer Pitch-In is a cohort-oriented, servant leadership team project that first-year students will participate in during Orientation. Students will work in teams to assist local nonprofit organizations to address important community and organizational needs.
The primary objective of Pioneer Pitch-In is to provide first-year students with an immersive experience that benefits local organizations, while facilitating a positive transition into college by helping students learn about UC, their peers, themselves, and how it all fits together. These service projects will not only help students become oriented to the larger urban community, but also introduce them to diverse experiences and individuals.
The inaugural Pioneer Pitch-In will be on Thursday, August 26th.
Pioneer Pitch-In will be an amazing opportunity for first-year students at Utica College to be engaged in the community and create positive change for our nonprofit partners, while learning more about themselves, their peers, and the world around them. We want students to be prepared to have a productive and meaningful experience and have included information below on what to expect.
What will the volunteer experience look like?
On Wednesday, August 25th, students will receive an itinerary of where on campus to go for their Pioneer Pitch-In Orientation session. They'll be joined by a representative from the organization where they'll be volunteering, as well as faculty and staff mentors, and Pioneer Pitch-In Student Mentors. Students will stay with this group throughout their experience. The representative from the organization will go over what the organization does and how the students' work will directly benefit the community and the people they serve.
On Thursday, August 26th, students will board a bus with their groups and head out into the community to their designated location. Work gloves, safety goggles, and other tools will be provided as needed. A bag lunch will also be provided. Students will return to campus mid-afternoon and participate in a guided reflection session to discuss the experience, what they learned, and what they will take away from it.
How can students prepare?
Some of the volunteer projects will involve tasks like cleaning and painting, so be sure to bring some old clothes and comfortable shoes. All students will receive a Pioneer Pitch-In t-shirt to wear on the day of the project.
Be sure to fill out the Involvement Survey from The Office of Student Living and College Engagement when you receive it in July - it provides us with important information like your t-shirt size and choices for lunch (including any needed accommodations).
Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or particular needs concerning your Pioneer Pitch-In experience. Contact us at email@example.com or via the emails listed below.
Pioneer Pitch-In is supported by generous faculty and staff volunteers who assist in our mission to provide a meaningful immersive experience for our first-year students.
Each group of students participating in Pioneer Pitch-In will be assigned a Project Coordination Team consisting of:
- 1 site lead from the agency/project site
- 2 student Pioneer Pitch-In mentors
- 2 Faculty/Staff mentors
Student and faculty/staff mentors will assist in a variety of ways including:
- Ride with the students on the bus to the site
- Oversee and participate in the project
- Ensure a comfortable and safe environment for the students
- Be a liaison between Utica College and the site
- Help students reflect on the significance of their participation
- Provide feedback regarding your team's experience
Interested in volunteering? Contact Kailea Murray, Interim Director, Center for Career and Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 792-3409, or Coordinator for Immersive Co-curricular Experiences, Jessica Skeldon at email@example.com or (315) 792-3832.
**Please note: Pioneer Pitch-In volunteers must be available August 24, 25, and 26 for an orientation and a reflection session in addition to the community service project.
Make a Difference for First-Year Students
Would you like to make an impact on incoming first-year students? Would you like to provide guidance and leadership to these students as they serve the community and engage in a meaningful volunteer experience? Being a Pioneer Pitch-In Mentor might be the job for you!
We need student mentors to lead a team of incoming first-year students during Orientation as they participate in Pioneer Pitch-In, a servant leadership program where students will complete projects on-site out in the community to assist local nonprofit organizations.
How To Be A Mentor
To participate as a student mentor, you must be available August 24, 25, and 26, 2021 to:
- return to campus and participate in training
- take part in the community service project
- attend a post-project reflection
Basic qualifications for Pioneer Pitch-In Mentors
- Currently enrolled full-time at Utica College
- 2.0 cumulative GPA
- Consistently exhibit a positive attitude regarding the College
- Ability to lead and communicate with peers while working in a team
- Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
- Able to effectively communicate ideas and lead group discussions.
If you're interested in participating as a Pioneer Pitch-In Mentor, just complete the interest form:
Is your organization interested in hosting a group of students?
- Please complete this form to indicate your interest and share details about your project.
- Project examples could include: community clean-ups, organizing/sorting, mentoring/tutoring children, spending time with animals, etc.
- Have questions? Contact Kailea Murray, Interim Director, Center for Career and Professional Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 792-3409, or Coordinator for Immersive Co-curricular Experiences, Jessica Skeldon at email@example.com or (315) 792-3832.
Effective as of the opening of the Fall 2021 semester, Utica College is adding the COVID-19 vaccination to the list of required immunizations for students as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American College Health Association, and other public health agencies, subject to medical and religious exemptions. Additionally, all full- and part-time employees of the College based in New York state are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
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