SCHOLARS IN SERVICE Program Details

Scholars will meet once a month on Covenant House Georgia’s campus to cultivate a further understanding of the realities, issues, and available resources for youth experiencing homelessness and escaping trafficking in Atlanta. 

Find dates and details for the Fall 2020 Scholars in Service Cohort below.

If social distancing practices are still in effect in response to COVID-19 during the program dates, the program will be held virtually.

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020  
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM 
Location: Covenant House Georgia

Today we will learn more about Covenant House and the realities of youth homelessness. How do youth become homeless at such a young age? How does Covenant House help youth get off the streets while empowering them and building their resiliency? Why is homelessness an issue in Atlanta, a city bustling with economic growth? In exploring these topics we will share how Covenant House Georgia provides a health and human safety net for Atlanta’s most vulnerable residents. We will discuss in full the Scholars in Service program and kickstart each Scholar's fundraising efforts through breaking down the essentials of philanthrophy and peer to peer fundraising. 

Activities:
  • CHGA Overview 
  • Homelessness 101 
  • Lunch 
  • Philanthropy 101 
  • Meet and Greet with Program Mentors 
  • Tour of the Covenant House Georgia campus
Learning Objectives:
  • Understand what life is like for a homeless youth 
  • Examine the Opportunity Gap in Atlanta and the factors that lead to generational poverty 
  • Understand the purpose and philosophy of fundraising 
  • Discuss messaging that differentiates the nonprofit while appealing to the head and heart of your potential supporters
Date: Saturday, November 7, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Covenant House Georgia

Today we will learn about special issue topic: trafficking and how trafficking specificly effects youth experiencing homelessness from the subject experts at CHGA. Then we will break up into roundtables for a small group discussion with current Covenant House youth. 

ACTIVITIES:
  • Trafficking Overview
  • Interactive Game about Trafficking
  • Roundtables with current Covenant House Youth
Learning Objectives:
  • To hear firsthand the experiences of homelessness
  • Learn about special issue topic: trafficking and how trafficking specificly effects youth experiencing homelessness
  • Use your learnings to create a compelling message for fundraising
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Location: Covenant House Georgia

Today we will learn about the importance of service and philanthropy and how they work together to help our community. We will also complete a holiday service project to turn our discussion into action for our community.

ACTIVITIES:
  • Group discussion around impactful service and philanthropy
  • Hear from guest speaker about the importance of giving back to your community
  • Group service project 
  • Small groups check-ins for Scholar's fundraising efforts
  • Read and vote on Youth Scholarship Applications
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
  • Learn key factors and importance of giving back to your community
  • Connecting the impacts of service and philanthrophy 
  • Use your learnings to create a compelling message for fundraising
Date: Monday, January 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Covenant House Georgia

Today the Scholars' families and friends will be invited to CHGA's campus for the closing ceremony. The cohort winner will be announced and awarded the $2,500 Scholars in Service Scholarship. The winner will also present the $2,500 matching scholarship to a college-bound CHGA client. Afterwards, all will be able to participate in the capstone service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on CHGA's campus for a family service event. 

ACTIVITIES:
  • Welcome and Overview of Covenant House Georgia
  • Guest speaker to speak on Program 
  • Students share their experience 
  • Certificate Presentation for all participating in Scholars
  • Recognition of top fundraisers 
  • Check presentation to winner of Scholarship 
  • Check presenation and speech from Covenant House Youth recipient of Scholarship
  • Tours of Covenant House Georgia's campus
  • Group service project for all in attendance