Students cultivating service in Cornerstone
Every new school year brings a new Cornerstone class, and this year’s program is focused around education cultivating service. For those who are not familiar, NNU’s Cornerstone Program introduces first-year students to our mission: Enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world. Through this class, students come to understand, reflect on, and begin to apply the university values of Truth, Transformation, Community and Service.
In order to cultivate service in our first-year students, we have matched each of our twelve Cornerstone classes of about 24 students with a local community service provider. Through these community partnerships, students will learn about the service and transformation already underway in the Nampa community, and then join in on that provider’s work to benefit both the community and their own learning.
Local freshman and nursing major McKaylee Kuntz has been experiencing service firsthand through her Cornerstone community project with Grace Episcopal Church. Under the guidance of Dr. Joe Bankard, her class has been working with a youth group, spending time getting to know the kids, sharing Bible stories, playing games and making crafts. All of the kids in the youth group are from Farmway Village, an immigrant housing community in Caldwell, Idaho.
“I think it’s very important to get involved with your community, especially the younger generation,” McKaylee said. “Being able to reach out to kids in our community that all have different backgrounds is amazing.”
McKaylee’s community project is just one of the many that first-year students are experiencing this semester. Other community partners for the fall semester include: The Salvation Army, Nampa School District, Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho, Nampa Family Justice Center, Nampa Care House Partners, Family and Community Resource Center, The Mentoring Network, and Because, International.