At the core of our college’s mission is a strong commitment to engagement.

We believe that education goes beyond the classroom, and that powerful learning occurs when we actively connect with our communities, collaborate with partners, and work collectively to create positive change in the field of education and our society.

Our office is committed to fostering connections and partnerships that enhance the educational experience and make a positive impact on the world. We encourage our students, staff and faculty to seek opportunities for experiential learning, community outreach, and working with community organizations.

Our key areas of focus include:

  1. Student Engagement: We encourage our students to consider a range of opportunities, from internships and service-learning projects to extracurricular activities, that enrich their academic journey and prepare them for active global citizenship.
  2. Faculty Engagement: We support faculty in building strong community partnerships, integrating engagement into their curriculum, and pursuing research in both informal and formal educational settings. 
  3. Community Partnerships: Our college actively seeks out collaborations with local organizations, schools, and institutions to create mutually beneficial partnerships that contribute to our community. Our definition of community also extends to online and global settings, seeking various forms of partnerships in many contexts. 
  4. Research and Innovation: We promote research initiatives that address pressing educational and societal issues, fostering a culture of growth and scholarship.

Below you will see our engagement reports from the last few years. Our college has many dedicated students, staff and faculty members whose commitment to engagement has been instrumental in shaping the future of educational systems and making a positive impact on students. 

Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions or if you’d like to explore ways to get involved. We look forward to working with you!

Engagement Reports

Community Partners



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Bauer Family Resources (Youth Programs)

We have an afterschool program for K-6th grade youth. These youth may need help with homework and recreational activities. Our program is Monday – Friday from 3:00pm – 6:00pm.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring of Greater Lafayette

We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities, and we couldn’t do any of it without you. Our Group Mentoring volunteers provide a non-traditional approach to mentoring. They are not matched with a specific child. Instead, they have the opportunity to interact with a variety of kids when they visit any of our site-based locations. During their visits, they have the opportunity to engage in several different activities that the sites offer, whether it be playing basketball or dodgeball in the gym, helping with homework, arts and crafts, foosball, ping pong, playing a video or board game, or just chatting with a kid. Basically, engaging with a kid(s) in a positive and fun manner.

Lafayette Mentors is for boy youth participants only. Male and female volunteers are welcome!

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Boys & Girls Club (10th St Unit)

The Club provides diverse activities that meet the interests of all youth. Core Programs engage young people in activities with adults and peer that enable them to develop self-esteem and to reach their full potential. Based on physical, emotional, cultural, and social needs and interests of girls and boys; the Club offers program activities in five areas: Character and Leadership Development…empowers youth to support and influence their Club and community, sustain meaningful relationships with others, develop a positive self-image, participate in the democratic process, and respect their own and others’ cultural identities. Education and Career Development…enables youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines, apply learning to everyday situations and embrace technology to achieve success in a career. Health and Life Skills…develops young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals, and live successfully as self-sufficient adults. The Arts…enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. Sports, Fitness and Recreation…develops fitness, positive use of leisure time, skills for stress management, appreciation for the environment and social skills.

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Boy Scouts of America – Sagamore Council

We are the nations foremost youth leadership and character development program. We deliver programs through in school and after school models. No scouting experience required!

Volunteers will have to complete a 75-minute Youth Protection Training and register to become a volunteer. This is done ahead of time.

Brookshire Learning Center

Brookshire Learning Center

Assist youth in our afterschool program. Please visit our website for more information about our offerings and how we serve the youth of Greater Lafayette!

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Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette

Civic Theatre produces 5 Main Stage (adult) and 4 CYT (youth) shows each season. Our educational programming includes classes, camps, and workshops to ages 3-adult and varies in topics of performance, design, and technical aspects of theatre. Civic is a volunteer-based organization with a small staff of 3 full-time and 2 part-time employees. Purdue student volunteers have provided assistance to teaching artists by offering a collaborative approach to leading students. They have directed small group breakout sessions, assisted with costuming, provided one-on-one mentorship to students with diverse learning needs, and provided management support in larger class sizes. Purdue students may also volunteer in production roles such as tech crew, sound or light board operator, ushering for shows, or provide general support for events. Purdue student volunteers will work with the Director of Education and Outreach to be placed in the student’s area of interest and/or the organization’s area of highest need.

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East Tipp Middle School

East Tipp Middle School is located on the east side of Tippecanoe County and resides with the Tippecanoe Schools Corporation. East Tipp Middle school serves students in grads 6, 7, and 8. Our after school tutoring program runs Tuesdays – Thursdays from 3:10pm – 4:00pm. Students are able to join for homework help and/or study time. Volunteers would assist middle school students with tasks related to the course work they require assistance on.

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Excel Center

The Excel Center Lafayette is owned and operated by Goodwill Education Initiatives and is an adult, public, charter high school serving older youth (ages 16 and up) and adults with the opportunity and support to earn Indiana core 40 high school diplomas as well as post secondary readiness such as industry recognized certifications and/or college dual credits. We have about 340 enrolled students with about 35% minors, 23% special needs, 10% ELL, 50% minorities, and about 65% impoverished.

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Family Promise of Greater Lafayette

Family Promise of Greater Lafayette offers short-term emergency shelter to families with children. Family Promise of Greater Lafayette assists families in securing the resources they need to get back into housing and self-sufficiency.

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Food Finders Food Bank

Food Finders Food Bank collaborates with other organizations to provide food for people in need and to educate, advocate, and address food insecurity in North Central Indiana.

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Forest Academy 

Forest Academy is an outdoor education program that focuses on helping students to develop executive functioning skills and social-emotional skills.

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Hanna Community Center

The mission of the Hanna Community Center is to improve the well-being and quality of life of the community by providing quality programs, services and community interactions for the neighborhood, we serve young people and older adults. Continuing with our mission, we seek to celebrate traditions throughout the Greater Lafayette area while preserving the culture, heritage and history of African Americans and minority groups within Tippecanoe County.

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Harrison High School eSports and Cyber Security Club

Harrison eSports Club: A club for our competitive gamers. We offer leagues for everyone such as Smash Ultimate, Apex Legends, Rocket League, and many more. Cyber Security Club: A club to teach and learn the essentials of cyber security in both the offensive and defensive approach. We compete in two main competitions: CyberPatriot and picoCTF.

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Hartford Hub

The Hartford Hub serves school age children (K-12) in the Lincoln Neighborhood by having a free after school program. During free time, the kids can play outside on the playground, play games or do crafts inside. During homework time, the students do their school assignments or work on areas of school in which they are struggling. Building relationships and encouraging the kids is a very important part of both free time and homework time.

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Heads Up Homework Club

Join us in helping K-12 youth with their homework afterschool in the clubhouse where they live! Heads Up offers a weekly Homework Club for youth living in public housing complexes on the east side of Lafayette where they get help with their homework, engage in fun academic activities, and enjoy healthy snacks.

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Lafayette Urban Ministry

The LUM After School Program provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for children in Kindergarten to 8th grade. The program serves up to 60 children from elementary & middle schools in Tippecanoe County for three hours each school-day afternoon, enabling their parents to finish their workday. The children are transported from their schools to the LUM After School Program at the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center — where they work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in crafts, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities. The program is staffed by a professionally trained educator, teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers.

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North End Community Center – After School Tutoring

The program offers one-to-one teaching and help with organizational skills, math basics, and retention. The program will tutor students in classes from 5th grade math to Geometry. Tutors will be paired with students based on their math background and mutual availability.

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Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a faith-based organization whose mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Our Social Services and Pathway of Hope programs help meet the needs of those facing financial hardship. We also work to strengthen families and offer a variety of programs to engage and equip youth. In addition, we offer Sunday worship services and pastoral care for those seeking spiritual guidance.

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The Training Grounds – Battle Ground Middle School

Providing support and opportunities for young men to grow academically, emotionally, and physically. We utilize study tables and tutoring to support students academically; journal responses and reflective discussions to deepen young men emotionally; Crossfit Style workouts to push them physically and teach them about GRIT and how that can translate to other arenas of their lives. 40 min Study Table 10 min Reflection/Journal response 40 min Workout

Male Only Volunteers!

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Wabash Center INC – Grants House

The origin of the organization can be traced to a core group of families with children who had special needs. Discouraged by the lack of resources and options available to them and others like them they placed an ad in the Journal and Courier in 1952 seeking other families dealing with the same challenges. It was an attempt to find strength in numbers and to create services where none existed before. Today, Wabash Center has grown into a comprehensive service provider for those with disabilities or special needs that is leading the way to supporting individuals in their pursuit of quality of life for them and their families. We have an established history of providing quality care for those with a disability or special needs. We love what we do. We’ve been doing this for a long time and we’re not going to stop any time soon. We offer dozens of programs and services. These services span numerous age groups and are designed to meet the needs of those we serve wherever they are in life. Our progressive approach leads to us continually pursuing new methods to better serve individuals. Programs and services may change, but their purpose and the level of care will always remain constant.

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Wea Ridge Elementary – Intramural Sports

Volunteers will assist elementary aged students in grades 2-5 in an array of sport activities related to volleyball, dance, and pom. Volunteers will be asked to pick one sport to assist with and stay with that sport for the duration of the semester.

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West Lafayette Public Library

Host afterschool programs for children in grade school (some preschool kids may attend) Purdue students will help set up, host and clean up.

YWCA Greater Lafayette

We are looking for empathetic, creative adults to assist with children’s programming and childcare while adult programming is going on. There will be crafts, music, curriculum, snacks and more.