Citizenship Edge Opportunities

For the Citizenship Edge, you will need 100 hours that may include a combination of service learning, community service, and civic engagement (a minimum of 10 hours must be civic engagement opportunities).  You will need to do three separate volunteer activities.  Civic engagement activities include:  attending political, governmental, ASNMU, non-profit, or board meetings including school board or PTO meetings; attending public hearings; or working on a political campaign or project.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity (International) Edge Hours

Interested in volunteering or studying abroad?  Check out what trips are being offered now.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

Northern's English Language Institute (NELI) is looking for some volunteers:

  1. Language Partner: The Language Partner (LP)  a student who is 'assigned' to one of our students. The LP shares his/her email and phone number with the NELI student, takes the NELI student out for coffee, is available to chat on the phone - and, hopefully, in person, etc. This takes a commitment of approximately 2 hours per week and the person has to be flexible with the meetings/times.
  2. Academic Partner: The Academic Partner (APO is an NMU student who is 'assigned' to one of our NELI students to help that NELI student with his/her school work - either by sitting in the study hall, attending Team Teaching occasionally (which is Friday afternoons for three hours - and the AP does not have to stay for three hours). A minimum of one hour per week is required.
  3. Conversation Mentor: This is an NMU student who meets for two hours every other week with the NELI students, in the International Program Office lobby (comfortable chairs - and coffee! Plus I bring muffins!). Topics are open, but I do have suggestions.
  4. Game Leader: This is an NMU student who meets with the NELI students once a week for one hour in the study hall. The game time is set up by the game leader according to his/her schedule.

I am in dire need of two Language Partners, two Academic Partners, and a Game Leader as soon as possible.

Additionally, I have one-to-two other students coming in a week late... and they will need and LP and an AP. I also may have two other Arabic women who will need the same.  If you are interested, please contact Jo Doran at or 906-227-2594.

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

There are various volunteer opportunities at this year’s 11th Annual Marquette Area Blues Festival at Mattson Lower Harbor Park on Friday, August 29 - Sunday, August 31.  Opportunities include setting up, security, bartending, selling merchandise, and clean up (on Monday). Volunteers working a four-hour shift will receive a free Blues Fest t-shirt. Volunteers that work 2, four-hour shifts receive the t-shirt PLUS reimbursement for the ticket price (up to $45). Tickets for ages 15-23 are $10 per day and are available at NMU ticket outlets.  The Blues Festival hours are:  Friday, August 29, from 5-9 p.m.; Saturday, August 30, from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.; and Sunday, August 31, from 11:30 a.m. -10:30 p.m.  Job descriptions are available on the MABS website ( Scroll down to where it says "Volunteer Here."

Possible Citizenship Edge Hours

The Girl Scouts are looking for volunteers for their camp for 6th-12 graders on September 11-15. The theme encourages girls to commit to changing the world. Please contact Erin Kilbourn if you are interested at or by phone 989-928-2797.

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Child & Family Services of the Upper Peninsula is looking for a volunteer for a young lady (16 years old) in foster care who would really benefit from mentoring services. It would be as many hours a month the individual wishes to provide. The individual would have to undergo a central registry check and background check. The young lady is very interested in art and loves to get outside. She needs assistance in learning acceptable social behavior, as she is socially delayed. She also would benefit from being taught skills such as how to plan and cook a meal, apply for a job, search and apply for housing, and understanding what resources are available in the community to assist her with any needs.  If you are interested in this, please contact Nicole Ketola, Foster Care Social Worker, Child & Family Services of the UP, Inc., 706 Chippewa Square Suite 105, Marquette, MI 49855; office: 906-228-4050 ext. 105 or cell: 906-235-7862.

Possible Citizenship, Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Teaching Family Homes, a 31-year-old non-profit agency, is looking for students to tutor high school students who come from abused and neglected homes.  Tutors are needed Monday through Friday from 4:45-6:00 p.m. at 1000 Silver Creek Road (at the very end of Silver Creek Road).  If you are interested, please contact Rich Rossway at 906-360-6570 (preferred) or 906-249-5437.

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