DPCS mission: To inspire Dartmouth students to join with Dartmouth alumni and their families in addressing problems facing our society.
Eight classes are involved in the program and to date, have placed over 250 students in internships, involving 88 mentors from 38 classes. Over 100 community organizations in 20 states have benefited. Our goal for this year is to place 30 to 36. 11 students were placed in the winter term, 6 in the spring term and we are expecting to place 15 to 25 in the summer term. Interviews for summer will be held May 1 & 2.
I volunteered to be the first mentor from the class of ‘47 and enjoyed the experience immensely. My mentee was a member of the class of ’07, Angela Fang, an American citizen although born in Shanghai. Angela is a double major in Psychology and Chinese.
Angela’s internship was served at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in the In-Patient Psychiatric Unit. Her role was as the Activities Therapy intern on the unit with direct responsibility for public relations, recruitment and training of Dartmouth student volunteers, as well as organizing leisure programs for the in-patient population. On a day by day basis she coordinated activities for the patients, scheduling volunteers and programs while, in turn, mentoring students in their activities.
My role as Angela’s mentor was basically to be there when she needed me. Over the course of 10 weeks, we met several times over lunch in the hospital cafeteria, spoke weekly on the telephone and exchanged e-mails. Our discussions centered on her work, her successes (many) and her problems (few). In other words, I served as a sounding board for her, helping her think through things such as; managing the students and what she wanted to do with her psychology training as a career.
All in all, it was a most rewarding experience.
John Trethaway ‘47
I am a Thoreauvian of sorts who agrees with Henry David when he said “I have traveled much in Concord.” We often overlook the opportunities in our own backyard or neighborhood to do, in the case of DPCS, social service.
I therefore recommended to our class Special Projects Committee that they look into sponsoring a domestic internship through DPCS in addition to the three international internships we sponsor. They met with the DPCS team at Tucker and came away very positively impressed by the program.
The Committe thus presented and recommended joining DPCS to the Class Executive Committee at our 2007 Homecoming meeting.
It passed unanimously.
Jay Davis ‘54
Dartmouth Partners in Community Service (DPCS) is a wonderful occasion when we can support undergraduates in that crucial aspect of their Dartmouth Experience that lies at the heart of a truly liberal and liberating education.
It is the opportunity to underscore the importance of a commitment “… to something beyond mere self,” to which John Dickey spoke so eloquently when he and the Trustees created the Tucker Foundation and which he emphasized throughout his tenure.
DPCS is a living and continuing embodiment of education beyond the classroom. Our class is committed to encouraging this kind of experience … and DPCS allows us to perpetuate this tradition.
President, Class of 1958
The Influencing Factors
- Our class was experiencing ‘mid-life doldrums’ and needed a new initiative . . . a focal point . . . a lightning rod . . . that would energize the class.
- Our class noticed a significant impulse among Dartmouth students in the early 1990s to participate in community service and social action needs, while having access to personal guidance or mentoring. But, many did not know how to accomplish that on campus.
- We were also at a time in our lives (age 57) when we wanted to give something meaningful back to society - to become more personally involved in public service work by providing a vehicle for those students to achieve their desires for mentored community service and thus broaden their educational experience at Dartmouth.
To inspire Dartmouth students to join with Dartmouth alumni and their families in addressing problems facing our society.
DPCS will support every legitimate community service internship developed with or by a Dartmouth undergraduate who demonstrates commitment and passion. The internship will exhibit the potential for life-changing exper-iences, in which ‘treating people differently’ is the guiding principle, and mentoring by Dartmouth Alumni is the ‘gold standard.’
The Class of 1967 believes that the mission of DPCS - to inspire Dartmouth students to join with Dartmouth alumni/ae and their families in addressing problems facing our society – should be a core value of the College. The concept of service learning has become an undervalued opportunity in most school curricula today, but DPCS brings it to Dartmouth.
DPCS came to the attention of the class of 1967 through the involvement of one of our daughters, Anne Sharfstein, Class of 1999. Her father, Howard Sharfstein, was on the ’67 Executive Committee and became interested in DPCS after Anne did two internships as an undergraduate: Big Brother/Big Sister of NYC and A Better Chance. Anne’s sister, Jenny, Class of 2004, followed later with her own DPCS internship with Youth Employment Summer (“YES”).
The Class Executive Committee decided in 1999 to become one of the sponsoring classes for DPCS after meeting with representatives from the Class of 1959. Inspired by the energy the 59s have devoted to its evolution, our class has deepened its commitment to DPCS, and DPCS programs have become a staple of our reunion gatherings – nothing is guaranteed to bring a lump to an adult parent’s throat more than hearing idealistic young men and women talk about their moving experiences with DPCS. It stirs us every time. In addition to our financial support, we encourage direct participation in the program from class members, and we recommend DPCS to other classes looking for College activities worthy of their support.
Howard Sharfstein ‘67
The Class of 1979 believes that one of our responsibilities as a graduated Dartmouth class is to help our classmates maintain contact with each other and the College. The Dartmouth Partners in Community Service program helps our Class achieve these goals.
A Class Project helps give our class a purpose. As a Class we plan and conduct Major and Mini Reunions, issue Newsletters, run a website with an updated email directory and keep a current column in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. These laudable efforts, however, only benefit our Class. We use the Class Project as a utensil to help us direct resources to benefit undergraduates. While we have had a few Class Projects through the years to provide resources to benefit undergraduates, the DPCS has found widespread support in our class because it is so interactive between our classmates and current undergraduates.
The DPCS program places undergraduates with classmates in cities throughout the US. The undergraduates are assigned the classmate as a Mentor; someone who can help them think through the broader impacts of their service intern-ship and someone who can help in a time of need. Our classmates get a link to the current undergraduate thinking in Hanover, and they get an opportunity to help participate in service projects in their community. It is a tremendous win-win program.
Once interns finish their programs, they write a note for our newsletter to let our classmates know how much they value the experience. Our classmates use the internship to schedule mini-reunions with classmates in the same market, and they frequently contribute to our newsletter to let classmates know how valuable the experience was. The students also get together with Hanover classmates after their return and become part of our class’s extended family.
Your Class should actively consider participating in DPCS, a great program for undergraduates and alums alike.
’79 Class Officer
We were looking for something that would have a real impact on student(s) experience at Dartmouth - particularly a commitment to community service, which makes Dartmouth such a special place. We wanted to see and feel the direct impact of our contribution.
DPCS is the gold standard of mentored community service projects. This program has real legs into future classes. It is diverse and touches many students of different backgrounds and interests. It was an excellent way for alums to feel more connected to the current classes in terms of their current education and their future endeavors. Many of these internships solidify students’ careers.
Chip Fleischer ‘86
The Class of 1987 became involved with Dartmouth Partners in Community Service (DPCS) because of the passion and altruistic spirit of our classmate, Ricki Stern. Her father, Michael Stern ‘59, is one of the original founders of DPCS. Our class decided to make DPCS our key project because it represents a tangible way to stay connected to the College on many levels. We are giving back to Dartmouth not only financially, but also with our time and expertise.
As an alum, I have always been involved with Dartmouth. I have acted as a head agent, class newsletter editor, 15th reunion publicity chair and alumni interviewer. But, for the first time, I can directly impact the life of an undergraduate through DPCS.
Classmate Pam Haering served as a mentor and shared these thoughts: “Mentoring Natalie (Allan) represented a wonderful opportunity to reconnect to student life at Dartmouth. I also learned about the often life-changing if not inspiring work students are taking on in the non-for profit sector, while I was able to share a few personal, real-life experiences to provide perspective and hopefully help her appreciate the challenges and opportunities ahead of her.”
The Class of ’87 is proud to have sponsored a fundraiser in September ’03 in New York City. This event not only raised much-needed funds, but increased awareness and excitement within our class for DPCS. To provide more regular financial support to undergraduates who want to become interns in programs of their choice, we have included a “check-off” box with our class dues mailing.
We are hopeful that more ‘87s will become involved with DPCS, either as a mentor, or by introducing a community-service organization as an internship opportunity, or by simply writing a check for an undergraduate who has the Class of ’87 to thank for his or her DPCS experience.
Jessica Benjamin ‘87
The Class of 1990 adopted Dartmouth Partners in Community Service
as its official class project at its 10th Reunion.
Our goals are:
- To encourage the participation of other classes in the program
- To offer more internships to more Dartmouth students
- To attract more community service organizations to the program
- To involve more Dartmouth alumni, particularly younger alumni,
- to meaningful involvement with their alma mater.
We have increased our class contributions and participation in DPCS during the past three years. We have funds to cover from one to three internships per year through a “dues check off” on our Class Dues appeals.
Several ’90’s, including myself, have acted as mentors for current Dartmouth students. I worked with a very talented young woman interning at the Legal Aid Society in New York City. This student, who received significant financial aid from the College, would not have been able to take on this service job during her leave term without the stipend offered by DPCS.
Meeting with her at the Dartmouth Club in New York and having the chance to hear about her current Dartmouth experience and growth through the challenges of this demanding internship offered me new insights into today’s students at Dartmouth and the role the college and its alumni can play in furthering one of Dartmouth’s major goals: to prepare its students to become lifelong learners who will make a difference in the world.
As a member of the Alumni Board of DPCS, my personal goal is to further the development of service-learning at Dartmouth, by involving faculty in DPCS, connecting to the college’s curriculum and other Tucker programs, and attracting more Dartmouth students to a service-related activity during their tenure at the college.
Matt Greene ‘90