Mount partners with area colleges and universities to win grant money for Project Hope

Student Life

By: Jessica Lohner

File Under: big idea challenge, project hope, service learning

Imagine the collective impact of all of the region's colleges and universities working together to focus the time and talents of their students, faculty and staff on one pervasive, impactful issue.

That's the premise of Project Hope — an initiative being advanced by the Greater Cincinnati Service Learning Network and regional stewards Agenda 360 and Vision 2015.

The College of Mount St. Joseph, the University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Xavier University, Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and Gateway Technical & Community College are working independently and collectively to measure and advance service learning efforts in Cincinnati.

The goal of Project Hope is to be a vehicle to expand service learning and other academic public engagement by finding real opportunities to apply and expand student learning. By focusing on a few areas, the Project Hope partners believe there will be more of a community impact.

This is where you, the community, come in. Project Hope has entered the Big Idea Challenge, sponsored by the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, to win $50,000 in grant money to help with revitalization efforts. Everyone can go to the Big Idea Challenge website and vote this project through Sept. 27. Now, let's get out there and vote!