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ASU's Public Service Academy, the first of its kind in the U.S., will help train undergraduate students to become leaders of social change, even if their intended career isn't in what's traditionally thought of as public service.
Incoming freshmen of all majors can apply to join the Public Service Academy, a four-year program of classes, hands-on experiences and internships to create working relationships between civilians and military personnel and collaborations among the public, private and non-profit sectors. It launches in August.
"PSA students will be ready to move beyond the conventional paths of their peers, forging new solutions through cross-disciplinary collaboration — artists working with medical scientists, environmentalists working with engineers, military leaders working with social workers," he said.
They could be business leaders that focus on creating public housing or teachers that focus on giving Native American students equal access to education.
NGSC will include a set of seven leadership courses and a series of summer internships in non-profit, government and private organizations, as well as annual retreats, service opportunities and collaborative events with Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets. Upon completion, academy graduates will be members of the Next Generation Service Corps, having earned a Leadership, Ethics and Service certificate from the College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
Students from any and all majors complete a series of courses in cross-sector leadership, ethics, social entrepreneurship and community development that supplement individual courses for their majors. Students also develop a mission, a statement of what they want to impact, challenge or ignite through their academic and career pathways. To gain cross-sector experience invaluable to leading collaborations, students complete a series of internships in nonprofit, corporate and government sectors relevant to their major and mission. Students also share leadership experiences with the Reserve Officer Training Corps to build understanding of the military as a stakeholder in global humanitarian solutions. Students also take part in annual retreats, service projects and networking with community leaders.
Civilian and military leaders must work collaboratively on local and national solutions, particularly humanitarian efforts, disaster relief, epidemics and peacekeeping efforts. Additionally, military leaders will likely transition back to civilian public service leadership positions as veterans. To strengthen our future leaders’ abilities to foster collaboration, NGSC and ROTC participants will share leadership experiences through leadership coursework, extracurricular leadership programs and direct service with the community. This sharing of experiences bridges the civilian-military campus culture through collaborative understanding.
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Politicians and activists have called for a sort of training academy for those interested in public service – like a military academy but for volunteers – for more than 200 years
originally posted by: Irishhaf
a reply to: kaylaluv
So you want the military working on social solutions?
to me that starts to skirt into some very dark ugly areas.
In today’s complex world, problems transcend all kinds of boundaries. Many urgent issues require knowledge of and experience in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, the public and private sector, and in the military realm. These challenges require leaders who know how to collaborate across sectors; who are skilled in creating partnerships among people who are not accustomed to working together; who can communicate to diverse groups; and who embody a spirit of social responsibility and entrepreneurship