Communications Advocacy & Activism

In the fall of 2015, I introduced a new course in the undergraduate division of the School of Public Engagement, part of The New School, a progressive university in New York City. Students in the course provide communications help to nonprofit organizations that are involved in advocacy and activism. I recruited nine social change nonprofits that were interested in having the students work with them.

The projects ranged from creating a new logo and website, to analyzing how to reach hungry children through public schools, to training homeless people in public speaking. All of the projects were challenging and benefited both the student workers and the nonprofits that received their help. My sincere thanks to the following organizations for their participation. Learn more about each group by clicking on the links below.

Photo of workers at the nonprofit organization, Care for the Homeless

Workers at Care for the Homeless, one of our course clients.

Blessings in a Backpack, Louisville, Kentucky
Care for the Homeless, New York, New York
FlyGround Dance, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance, Rockland County, New York
Kafue Conservation Project of Game Rangers International, Zambia, Africa
Manhattan Neighborhood Network, New York, New York
Older Women Embracing Life (OWEL), Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, Maryland
Sweet Generation Bakery, New York, New York
Yellow Umbrella Organization, Salem, Massachusetts

Working singly or in pairs, the students planned and executed some ambitious projects for their nonprofit clients. They presented summaries of their work during the final weeks of the course. The original presentations were  done in PowerPoint, but for ease of viewing I have reformatted them as PDF documents here. A sample presentation is below. I encourage visitors to click on the link to view the impressive results achieved by these hard-working, socially conscious students.

Game Rangers International

African elephant in the Kafue Nataional Park, Zambia

Game Rangers International helps protect endangered species like this African elephant in Zambia.

I may be teaching this course again in fall 2016, so if you know of a great social change organization that could use some top quality, free assistance, please email me at bonnie(at)bonniemcewan(dot)com. Nominated organizations will be asked to complete a project proposal form in order to be considered.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *