Other Programs Facilitated by the Center
The center develops and manages community-based programs that are highly visible to and valued by the city of Azusa and its residents.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (A.V.I.D.)
Azusa Pacific University students serve as tutors to middle school and high school students by conducting small-group tutorials. This elective course, specifically designed for B and C average students, promotes learning by helping students ask better questions and improve their writing skills. APU tutors (all of whom are eligible for Federal Work Study) support the A.V.I.D. program in the Azusa Unified School District, in all three middle schools (Center Middle School, Foothill Middle School, and Slauson Middle School) and in two high schools (Azusa High School and Gladstone High School.)
This federal work study funded program provides free math tutoring to eighth grade students from Azusa Unified School District. APU math majors and minors facilitate weekly tutoring sessions, assisting with understanding math concepts, homework assignments, and assessment tests.
This federal work study program provides free math assistance to Azusa youth from kindergarten through fifth grade. Housed in the Azusa Public Library, local students are tutored each week in half-hour session.
This program provides free reading assistance to Azusa youth from kindergarten through fifth grade. Housed in the Azusa Public Library, 200 to 250 youth are tutored by 20 APU students (all of whom are eligible for Federal Work Study) in weekly half-hour scheduled reading session.
This federal work study funded program provides free writing assistance to Azusa youth from kindergarten through fifth grade. Housed in the Azusa Public Library, local students are tutored each week in half-hour sessions.
Servant Leadership Award Program
This program was established in collaboration with the Barney II Foundation and Moore Foundation. The heart of the program is to identify and recognize students, nominated by campus staff and faculty, as servant leaders in the areas of ministry and service. The program serves as an effective instrument to the entire educational community by promoting the ideals of service that substantially benefits others. Each student is awarded a $1,000 educational award of which $500 is designated to an agency of the recipient's choice.
There are four areas of servant leadership for which students can be recognized:
- Service within APU
- Service in the Community
- Service through an Academic Class
- Service Internationally
This program is funded by an annual gift of $2,500 each from the following organizations: Berdena Ruth Scholarship and the SAJE Foundation.
Students in Service
The Center for Academic Service-Learning and Research partners with Students in Service to provide a $1,000 educational award to federal work-study undergraduate students working in community-based activities. Specifically, the center enrolls students who serve as service-learning advocates, Azusa Reads tutors, and A.V.I.D. tutors, and may include students who work in Ministry and Service (MAS) if adequate positions are available.
According to Students in Service, “the purpose of this program is to meet critical community needs by engaging higher education students in service, and fostering within them an ethic of civic responsibility.” This is an AmeriCorps Program that is sponsored by Washington Campus Compact in partnership with the Campus Compact offices of California, Hawaii, Montana, and Oregon; and institutions in Idaho and Alaska. For more information, visit the Students in Service website at www.studentsinservice.org.