The Pay It Forward Project at Ohio State Marion provides students in English 2367.01S, entitled Language, Identity and Culture in the U.S. Experience, with the opportunity to oversee a competitive grant process all while meeting the goals and objectives of a second-level writing course.
In other words, students learn first-hand about the problems in the community of Marion, meet with non-profit organizations working to fix the problems, and then decide how to award grant funds in order to make a positive impact.
During this process, they are building their skills for an English course by researching, analyzing, thinking critically, arguing, debating and writing papers. This experiential, real-world, service-learning class provides students with education that lasts longer than one semester and builds students’ understanding of the problems in the community while at the same time making a difference in the community of Marion.
*This Buckeye Funder campaign is being run by students in English 3304, Business and Professional Writing. They are applying their professional writing/communication skills in this real-world application of marketing, fundraising and teamwork. Help them be successful at reaching their fundraising goal.