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PPAGS Community Service Program:
OverviewThis program provides encouragement and support to graduate students who are interested in giving back to the community. Under the supervision of faculty members from their respective colleges and universities, graduate students identify an underserved population within their immediate communities and develop a Community Service Project (CSP) to help the identified population. It is the hope of PPAGS that the CSP will serve to benefit underserved populations, students, universities, and the field of psychology in general.
Awards and RecognitionThe PPAGS Board of Directors may select up to 3 CSP teams to showcase in an edition of the Pennsylvania Psychologist. Of these 3 CSP teams, the PPAGS Board of Directors will select one team to receive an award at the PPA Annual Convention. Receipients of the award (up to three) are eligible to receive a one day's convention registration and one ticket to either the Annual Banquet (Thursday) or the Psychology in Pennsylvania Luncheon (Friday).
Community Service Project Defined
In short, a community service project is a service, utilizing psychological principles, provided by graduate students to the community for the betterment of those who live in the community.
To qualify, a CSP must:
Ideally, a CSP should:
Examples of potential community service projects include:
If you have a question as to whether or not your idea for a CSP would qualify for this award please contact PPAGS.
Procedures and Timelines
The PPAGS Community Service Project Application form( download here) must be completed in full, and submitted by February 1. (Please also have your supervising psychologist send an email verifying their status on this project.)
The PPAGS Board of Directors will review each application and make notification of acceptance to each CSP team by February 19. Each CSP team will then conduct their projects between the dates of February 22 and April 1. At the conclusion of the project, the team will draft a narrative (see guidelines below) describing their project as conducted and the outcome. Narratives must be emailed to email@example.com. The deadline for submitting the narrative is April 15 annually. The PPAGS Board of Directors will review each narrative and will select one team to receive the CSP Award. Notification of selection will be made to the team by May 15 and the award will be presented during the Annual Convention in June.