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Jessica's Project

Helping to educate the community in nutritionally related disease or disorder.
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Helping to educate the community in nutritionally related disease or disorder.
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Teaching STEM Through Civic Engagement

  • Scientific research through community collaboration
  • The science of urban gardening through community partnerships
  • Sponsor of the Hunger Banquet/Food drive, healthy eating habits and exercise
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Past Projects Departments Involved
Community Organizations Future Plans

Background:

In March 2012, Jessica, niece of the Chair of Natural Sciences, was diagnosed with Celiac Disease at age 10. A week later, the chairperson was conducting a faculty observation in Dr. Nfor’s Nutrition class and shared the details with his class. Dr. Nfor immediately assigned the groups in the class various tasks to help Jessica and her family understand and cope with this diagnosis. The class researched the disease and made a video to send to Jessica. Jessica responded with a video of her own, asking more questions. At the end of the semester the class hosted an information session and presented Jessica with two large baskets of Gluten free foods as well as a buffet of a variety of foods. Jessica said “Can I eat ALL of those things?”

From that chance beginning ‘Jessica’s Project’ has continued each semester, tackling a specific nutritionally related disease or disorder. The project has grown to include other courses within Natural Sciences, other departments, and several community organizations.

Mission 

  • To offer instructors and students tools to engage with the community
  • Organize symposium every semester on related subject
  • Provide online tools and resources through our partners to assist educators
  • Train instructors to incorporate civic engagement learning into their course designs.
  • Train students to conduct professional research and present posters during the symposium.
  • Create an academic co-op to foster this model of teaching
  • Teach through Problem-based/Case study analysis of medical conditions
  • Raise Awareness of the highlighted condition
  • Education and Prevention
  • Share Resources
  • Community Involvement
  • Active and Service Learning
  • Application of concepts outside the classroom through research and collaboration

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 Goals of Jessica’s Project:

The goals of Jessica’s Project is to strengthen student learning and interest in the sciences, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) by connecting course topics to issues affecting the local community.

Jessica's Project focus: A civic engagement program at St. Philip's College designed to encourage faculty to incorporate civic engagement model into their courses by redesigning old syllabuses and curriculum.

This program provides help to faculty and staff through workshops, symposiums, and events organized by our students to inspire others to be vested in the community. Through this program, students, faculty and staff are given the opportunity to give back to the community, students are encourage to utilize their skills to conduct proper research on a specific topic and present a professional poster during the symposium.

Upcoming Events:

  •  FALL  2017: Jessica's project presents, Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy  CTE  commonly referred to as Traumatic brain injury ;(9AM TO 1:30PM, WATSON FINE ART AUDITORIUM)1801 MLK Dr., San Antonio
  • FALL 2017, September 22nd : SPC-EASTSIDE COMMUNITY GARDEN  WORKDAY   (9am - 12pm) 1715 N. Center St., six blocks from SPC on Walters st. towards 35.
  • WATCH OUT SPRING 2018 : Jessica's Project presents; OBESITY/MORBID OBESITY

Upcoming Workshops:

  •  CIVIC ENGAGEMENT LEARNING WORKSHOP 1: OCTOBER 13TH 2017

    A workshop designed for ARTS AND SCIENCES DIVISION faculty and staff to redesign syllabus and reflect on ways to engage students in and outside of class. This workshop will provide you with the tools to successfully transform your course from classroom ONLY to Learning with the Community

    9AM TO 1:30PM, Bowden Alumni Center (SLC 313), 1801 MLK Dr., San Antonio, TX 78203

  •  CIVIC ENGAGEMENT LEARNING WORKSHOP 2: NOVEMBER 10TH 2017

    A workshop designed for APPLIED SCIENCES & TECHNOLOGYY DIVISION faculty and staff to redesign syllabus and reflect on ways to engage students in and outside of class. This workshop will provide you with the tools to successfully transform your course from classroom ONLY to Learning with the Community 

    9AM TO 1:30PM, Heritage Room, 1801 MLK Dr., San Antonio, TX 78203 

  •  CIVIC ENGAGEMENT LEARNING WORKSHOP 3: JANUARY 26TH 2018

    A workshop designed for HEALTH SCIENCES DIVISION faculty and staff to redesign syllabus and reflect on ways to engage students in and outside of class. This workshop will provide you with the tools to successfully transform your course from classroom ONLY to Learning with the Community

    9AM TO 1:30PM, Bowden Alumni Center (SLC 313), 1801 MLK Dr., San Antonio, TX 78203

Community Organizations:

Expanding Plans for Jessica’s Project:

  • SPC Jessica’s Project – Project Worth Partnership to expand teenage and unplanned pregnancy prevention campaign.
  • Sustained efforts to combat preventable diseases in our community
  • Continue to train students, staff and faculty on urban gardening
  • Building Solar Power for the community garden- Mr. Craig Overmiller and students (Welding Department) and Dr. Saint-Hubbert Michelle- Applied Electrical & Mechanical Technology
  • Scientific textbooks and Laboratory equipment drive: Giving unused books and equipment a second life.
  • Grant writing to seek funding to sustain the projects
  • Provide training to interested institution of higher learning on best practices
  • Present at National conferences and workshops
  • Developing new partnerships with Brackenridge High School (Borrego Carlos) classes
  • Developing new partnerships with Advanced Learning Academy at FOX TECH High School (Alecozay-Borrego Sarah)
  • Increased collaboration with disABILITYsa to provide help to the most vulnerable in the community through education and engagement

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Contact Information

 Founder and Project Coordinator:
Solomon Nfor, LVN, B.S M.S, M.S., Ph.D

Civic Engagement Trainer
snfor@alamo.edu

Location:
1801 MLK St, San Antonio, TX 78203
Science Bldg (SCI) 206F

Phone:
210-486-2754

NEWS ON JESSICA'S PROJECT

OLD NEWS

 June 2017:  Dr. Nfor was a keynote speaker at the World Food and Nutrition Conference in Las Vegas   

Spring 2017: Dr. Nfor provided a civic engagement workshop to twelve faculty  from Alamo Colleges at San Antonio College Nursing Building

  Spring 2017: Jessica's Project presents: Parkinson's Disease with Dr. Daadi as guest speaker from UTHSCSA

  • Spring 2016: December 7-11th 2016- Dr. Nfor and Dr. Duncan present at the 42nd Association for Moral Education Annual conference at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge MA
  • Spring 2016: Jessica's Project HIV/AIDS symposium with Maria Davis, activist from New York as keynote speaker November 29th, 9am to 2pm at Watson Fine Arts Auditorium
  • Fall 2017: Jessica's Project presents prepares to expand to other departments and faculty through collaborative efforts
  • Summer 2017 Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy Summit- June 29th 2017, 9am to 1pm, Heritage Room, 1801 MLK Dr., San Antonio, Texas 78203

Snapshot of Jessica’s Project

Jessica’s project (http://www.alamo.edu/spc/jessicasproject/ ) is an umbrella program based on civic engagement that covers

1. Culture of Health through disease information and learning

2. Preventing teenage and unplanned pregnancies

3. Encouraging and sustaining the SPC-Eastside community garden

4. Working to foster Hunger banquet and food drives

5. Give me a second Life: Collecting and donating used lab equipment and scientific textbooks to foreign universities

Since its conception, Jessica’s Project has had the following objectives:

1. Offer instructors and students tools to engage with the community

2. Organize symposia every semester on related subject

3. Provide online tools and resources through our partners to assist educators

4. Train instructors to incorporate civic engagement learning into their course designs.

5. Train students to conduct professional research and present posters during the symposia.

6. Create an academic co-op to foster this model of teaching

7. Teach through Problem-based/Case study analysis of medical conditions

8. Raise Awareness of the highlighted condition or issue

9. Education and Prevention

10.         Share Resources

11.         Community Involvement

12.         Active and Service Learning

13.         Application of concepts outside the classroom through research and collaboration

Training workshop covers amongst other things; 

1. Describing civic engagement project

2. How to create partnership between non-profit organization and SPC departments and programs

3. Faculty, staff and students impacting change in the culture of health through

4. Community health education; teenage pregnancy, disease study through active research, diet and active lifestyle

5. Operation of community gardens

6. Organizing hunger banquets and food drives to help the community

7. Expose high impact practices in teaching STEAM courses and learning where to find useful tools to make teaching less boring

8. Changing community perception of SPC footprint in the surrounding area by encouraging healthy lifestyle 

9. Encourage culture of change through lunch and learn workshops at the garden, lunch and learn with focus groups at local nutrition church programs

10.         Design and publicize student posters of projects through an open symposium

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