LIVING • LEARNING • SERVING
DEPARTMENT OF STUDENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
ECHOSTARS and RisingSTARS
The ECHOSTARS/RisingSTARS AmeriCorps Program is a livinglearning-serving experience for students committed to making a change in their communities. ECHOSTARS are a part of a growing student service movement. Members participate in learning communities, academic enrichment programs, community outreach, environmental stewardship and other identified community initiatives. Members who successfully complete 300 hours of service will receive an Segal Education Award of $1,212 with the potential to earn a $500 credit if hours are completed during academic year. Transportation is provided to all service sites for students. Contact the National Service Coordinator at 301.687.4210 if you have any further questions.
A Learning Community
A Serving Community
The ECHOSTARS attend many of the same classes together, such as Psychology and Freshmen Orientation, as part of their learning community. Even if students follow another learning community path because of their major, they can still participate in the ECHOSTARS program. Many ECHOSTARS major in education and social work, and their service offers them the necessary experience to excel in their field of study. ECHOSTARS excel academically; over 20 percent of ECHOSTARS make the Dean’s List (3.4 or higher).
The ECHOSTARS/RisingSTARS are students who are committed to making a change in their community in a variety of ways. Each week, they assist with after-school programs at local elementary schools as well as the YMCA and the Salvation Army. As part of our service program, the ECHOSTARS/RisingSTARS receive transportation to all of the service sites and special projects. In addition, they assist with academic enrichment through the Read to Succeed program, offered at Frostburg State University to local children. The ECHOSTARS/ RisingSTARS provide the academic and social mentoring that these students need to succeed at school and in their personal lives. They not only grow in their understanding of their school subjects, but they also learn about healthy lifestyles, recreation and friendships. As part of a growing student service movement, the ECHOSTARS/RisingSTARS serve more than 15,000 hours each year, providing a valuable resource to the local community.
A Living Community Each year 70 freshmen and 15 team leaders and Rising STARS serve as ECHOSTARS. This living community resides exclusively in Gray and Diehl Hall, modern and wellappointed housing options. Even the resident assistants are former ECHOSTARS, so that individuals who are committed to serving others surround incoming freshmen. Together, the ECHOSTARS socialize and encourage one another in their college experience.
Published on Jun 15, 2016
Frostburg State University's Student and Community Involvement Brochure 2016-17