Bekki Davis

Service Learning                                                                                                                        
For as long as I can remember I have always had an intense love of books and reading. This passion led me to get involved with quite a few literacy based programs and volunteer work in general. I have spent many a happy hour volunteering, developing projects, and recruiting and supervising volunteers. 

Americorps - Jumpstart                                                                   September 2004 - May 2006   
Feinstein Center for Service Learning - University of Rhode Island

 Jumpstart is a literacy program that serves underprivileged preschool students, who are falling behind in
 school. We work on reading, writing, and social skills to prepare the children to enter kindergarten 
 prepared to succeed.

  • Served 2 terms; completed 650 hours of service
  • Team Leader in charge of 12 Corps Members
  • Conducted weekly team meetings
  • Provided mentorship and trouble shooting for team
  • Assisted Site Manager with recruitment and training of new members


Service Learning Coordinator                                         September 2006 - December 2006 
 Feinstein Center for Service Learning - University of Rhode Island

  • Facilitated Book Making service project
  • Solicited supplies necessary for project from local businesses
  • Coordinated 14 separate projects; approx. 25 participants per project
  • Donated over 350 hand made children books to local children in need as part of a larger campaign through the First Book program


 

Leadership Library for Ghana                                                                                 January 2007 - May 2007  
Center for Student Leadership Development - University of Rhode Island

Background:  It started with Pat Ryan, a URI alum who recently returned from an amazing experience in Ghana. While there he felt so welcomed and appreciated by the villagers he had worked with he asked how he could show his gratitude. It came out that the one of the things the village wanted more than anything was to educate their children. From there the idea of a "Leadership Library" was created. While Pat solicited school supplies and text books I facilitated the service project component.

  • Coordinated multiple service learning projects
  • Facilitated workshops on power and privilege and cultural competence 
  • Educated college students on a typical day in a Ghanian child's life to create a frame for how they
    should write their books  
  • To date over 2,500 handmade books have been donated to the Leadership Library in Ghana

 This particular project has become sustainable, and continues on today for URI 101 students to participate in as part of their service learning requirement.  

 You can find the Lesson Plan Here
 Post Service Reflection Questions Here


Hurricane Katrina Habitat for Humanity Build                                                       January 2008  
Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

 Call me a Jill of All Trades. After collaborating with URI Hillel on a few programs I was invited to join them
 on their yearly alternate winter break.

  • Participated in week long Habitat for Humanity build to repair houses of Hurricane Katrina victims who could not afford repairs to their homes
  • Examined social justice through the lens of Tzedeka (Hebrew word loosely translated to mean charity) 
  • Incorporated experience into a presentation on leadership in times of crisis.
             Presentation found here

 "Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
     -Muhammad Ali