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Spartan Volunteer Network

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Get Involved. Make a Difference.

The Spartan Volunteer Network (SVN) connects York College students, educators, alum, and local community partners with resources and opportunities for meaningful volunteer engagement.  

The task of an SVN volunteer is never to fix, solve, or save; instead, it is to support and amplify the work of community members and community partners in their efforts to strengthen their own communities. In doing so, we believe that volunteer engagement can help produce a meaningful, equitable, and lasting difference.

The work of the Spartan Volunteer Network is supported and advanced by student volunteer leaders and student staff members. The SVN Compass Program engages, equips, and empowers student volunteer leaders, including Team Leaders, student mentors, project designers, certified van drivers, Project Coordinators, and a graduate Scholar-in-Residence. 

Spartan Volunteer Network (SVN) Portal

YCP Volunteers

York College students, faculty, staff, and alumni can use the SVN portal to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities, submit and track their hours, and connect with local organizations and initiatives. Log in with your YCP credentials to get started.

YCP Faculty & Staff

York College faculty, staff, and student organizations can post volunteer opportunities directly on the SVN portal and get automatic updates when volunteers sign up! This included community-based service-learning opportunities. Contact to get started.

Local Organizations

Local organizations can post volunteer opportunities directly on the SVN portal, and get automatic updates when volunteers sign up! Contact to get started.

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Changemaker Scholarship Programs

A Changemaker at YCP is a student volunteer who partners with local organizations to make a difference. Changemaker scholarship programs are selective, multi-year, cohort-based programs that offer an annual scholarship to students who are selected for acceptance into these programs. Changemaker programs promote volunteer engagement, community-engaged learning, leadership development, and civic responsibility. Click below to learn more about the goals, benefits, eligibility requirements, and expectations of the various Changemaker scholarship programs.

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Community-Based Service Learning

YCP educators can partner with local organizations to embed community-based service learning (CBSL) opportunities into their curriculum. These partnerships vary in length, but will always feature specific service outcomes identified by the community partner, and specific learning outcomes identified by the faculty member.

Staff members from the Center for Community Engagement are available to make connections and provide support for YCP educators and community partners at

Center for Community Engagement Staff

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Steve Jacob
Steve G. Jacob, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement
Professor, Behavioral Sciences
Center for Community Engagement
Hunter Conrad
Hunter Conrad
Senior Administrative Assistant, Center for Community Engagement
Center for Community Engagement
Rebekah Eyre
Rebekah Eyre
Director of Operations
Center for Community Engagement