Achieving Community Transformation (ACT)
Achieving Community Transformation is a student organization supported by the Office of Community-Based Learning and Research with a strong collaboration with Student Engagment and Activites on MLK Programming as well as Alternative Spring Break. ACT Student Leaders initiate and support ongoing dialogues between students and organizations within the Greater Bothell area to provide engaging service opportunities.
For the 2016-2017 academic year, ACT will have a project focus of civic engagement. Civic engagement means promoting the quality of life in the community, through both political and non-political processes. With the upcoming 2016 presidential election, ACT students have a unique opportunity to promote voter registration and non-partisan discourse, in addition to creating non-political programs for students to participate in to experience different forms of civic engagement. Post the election season, ACT will continue to focus on civic engagement projects embedded in MLK programing, Alternative Spring Break, and a civic engagement post-graduate panel.
Meet the 2016-2017 ACT Student Service Leads
Sukhaman Kaur, Gerald MacKenzie, Neha Chhabra,
1. Help students explore and build on their passions, future career experiences, and overall personal growth.
2. Build positive relationships with internal and external organizations to promote the quality of life within the community.
3. Redefine attitudes toward service and volunteering to show students that service opportunities can be based on their interests and goals.
4. Get more students involved in civic engagement through service, volunteering, and non partisan discourse.
5. Plan major services events that are flexible for students who are new to service and can help raise awareness about issues.
2016-2017 Service Projects:
In collaboration with ASUWB (student government) ACT has been trained to help students get registered to vote. As this year is an election year, ACT would like to inform students on the importance of voting and what it means to be an "active citizen". They will do this through tabling on campus with voter registration forms available to any students who are able to register who are not already. If students are unable to register for whatever reason they will encourage them to get involed on campus and can help spread the word about the imporatnce of voting. ACT students are scheduled to table at Husky Village move in day as well as in a discovery course this fall.
MLK Programming will be between January 11th and 18th 2017.
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break Programming will occur March 18th through the 25th 2017.
Our Past 2015-2016 Service Projects:
MLK Programming was from January 12th-January 22nd with a variety of events ranging from service projects, to dialouges, to a photo campagin. ACT decided that MLK Progrmaming should be longer than one day in order to engage more students in dialouge and service by giving them more opportunities to get involved.
Tuesday January 12th-Guest Speaker Rashad Norris
Wednesday January 13th-Kayaking Clean Up with Puget Sound Keeper Alliance
Friday January 15th-UW Bothell Funder's Panel
Saturday January 16th-Threads and Treads Service Project
Monday January 18th- March and Rally at Garfeild High School
Tuesday January 19th-WithinReach Presentaiton and Tabling
Thursday January 21st-Dinner and Dialouge hosted by BSU
Friday January 22nd- All Day Teach In UW Seattle Ethnic Cultural Center
Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break consisted of various service project events throughout the week including ACTs first overnight trip in collabonration with the OWLs (Outdoor Wellness Leaders).
Saturday March 19th-Youth Migrant Project
Wednesdsy March 23rd-Thursday March 24th-Mountians to Sound Service Overnight
Friday March 25th-Tulalip Tribe/NW Indian College
Saturday March 26th-Threads and Treads Service Project
Volunteer Local Fair
The Volunteer Local Fair is a day in the spring that ACT invites 20-30 external partners and organizations to campus to help students learn about volunteer opportunities and potential internships in the community. Organizations that attended represetnted various disiplines ranging from health care, to social services, education, and sustainability.
Northshore School District’s Threads & Treads Program
At Threads and Treads, part of the Northshore School District, volunteers worked to sort through gently used clothing donations that go towards families in need of clothing. Threads & Treads provides Northshore families free, quality donated clothing for school-age youth, teens, young adults and parents. Clothing items include appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sportswear, shoes and accessories. All Northshore families in need of clothing assistance are welcome to shop each month for up to three outfits.
Seattle Children's Alyssa Burnet Adult Life Center
The Alyysa Burnet Adult Life Center is located locally in Bothell and offers classes and activities for adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disabilities as they transition out of the education system and into adulthood. The Burnett Adult Life Center hosts year-round classes and activities for adults age 18 or older that promote lifelong learning and independence, enhance quality of life and provide meaningful ways to take part in the community. The ACT students teamed up with their art class in order to make finger puppets to donate to children who are being treated at Seattle Childrens Hopsiptal.
21 Acres is a nonprofit agricultural and environmental learning center and living laboratory for green and sustainable building design. Through education and advocacy, 21 Acres seeks to accelerate social change toward more sustainable ways of growing, eating, and living that protect the environment while supporting a better quality of life. Students worked in the children’s garden to build trellises for vegetable gardens, weed, as well as mulch in order to help create a space where children could learn.
Holly House is a children's holiday gift program providing gifts and necessities for low-income children in Snohomish County, Washington. They provide new items to each of the children including: toys, books, socks, underwear, pajamas, hats, scarves,coats, Christmas stockings, stuffed animals, dental supplies, and blankets. Students accompanied ACT to Holly House's sorting location in Lynnwood and helped to sort through donations for the children and thier families.
Vineyard Park Retirement Home
Vineyard Park at Bothell Landing is a retirement home that holds activities each day for the residents that live there. The activity ACT led a small group of students through was facilitating a mix and mingle talking about our experiences in comparison to the resident experiences. The topics discussed were college, military, traveling and much more. Vineyard Park Retirement Home reached out to ACT to hold a mix and mingle with the goal of building community and bridging the gap between multiple generations.
2016-2017 ACT Student Service Lead Contacts:
ACT Service Lead
ACT Service Lead
ACT Service Lead
Civic Engagment Coordinator-ACT Advisor
Students can also connect with ACT’s Facebook page.
Visit the ACT page on HuskySync and get involved today!