CBL depends on strong, sustainable, and mutually-beneficial relationships with community-based organizations (CBOs) especially in Holyoke, South Hadley, Springfield, Amherst, Northampton and other communities throughout the Pioneer Valley.
CBO staff in non-profit, municipal, and education sectors facilitate learning and research, orient students and faculty to community conditions and histories, and contribute invaluable time and knowledge to the learning process as co-educators. In return, the CBL Program seeks to facilitate partners’ access to College resources—student labor, expertise, facilities, cultural and educational events—to meet needs and advance aims of community partners. CBO leaders & staff are actively encouraged to discuss potential learning, research, and service projects and other partnerships with the CBL Program Office.
Typically, the CBL Program works with community partners to develop CBL Course Partnerships and CBL Fellowships. Course partnerships involve collaboration with a Mount Holyoke College faculty member to develop a semester-long community engagement - either involving students in providing a regular, weekly or intensive service to the organization (i.e. tutoring/mentoring youth, delivering workshops, etc.) or working with CBO staff and clients on a project (i.e. conducting research, creating communications materials such as web sites, documentaries, brochures, or developing and delivering a curriculum). Fellows work on capacity-building projects for community organizations that facilitate rich learning and student leadership development opportunities. Please visit our "How CBL Partnerships Work" page for more information about principles and practices.
More information about CBL Courses can be found here. More information about CBL Fellowships can be found here. Current and prospective community partners are invited to share ideas and proposals for course partnerships and/or fellowship projects with the CBL Director.
Here are two documents to help Community Partners in planning work with Mount Holyoke College CBL students:
CBL Program Community Partners
In 2013-14, the CBL Program was fortunate to partner with the following organizations in the region:
- 21st Century Baystate Springfield Educational Partnerships (BSEP) Afterschool Program
- ARISE for Social Justice - Library Biblioteca 451, Springfield
- City of Holyoke, Office of Planning and Economic Development
- Crocker Farm Elementary School, Amherst
- Gardening the Community, Springfield
- CHOICES Afterschool Program, Holyoke Public Schools
- CONNECTIONS Afterschool Program, Holyoke Public Schools
- Girls Inc. of Holyoke
- Girls To Women
- Holyoke Community College Adult Learning Organization
- Homework House, Holyoke Public Schools
- MotherWoman, Amherst
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Pantry
- Out Now, Springfield
- Somali Community/E. Africa Cultural Center, Springfield
- South Hadley Public Schools (Smith Middle School-Mosier Elementary School-South Hadley High School)
- Springfield No One Leaves
- Upward Bound, Commerce High School
- Valley Opportunity Council, Chicopee
- Women's Fund of Western Massachusetts
- YEAH! Network (Youth Empowerment Adolescent Health Network, Holyoke