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JFK University Named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll

January 30, 2015

Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service

PLEASANT HILL, CA – John F. Kennedy University has been named to the Honor Roll with Distinction for General Community Service on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of effective practices in campus community partnerships.

“We are truly honored to receive this national recognition,” said Dr. Mac Powell, JFK University President. “Our University was founded 50 years ago to carry forward President Kennedy’s dedication to community service and we have remained true to that commitment, weaving community service into the fabric of all of our programs and activities.”

In keeping with its namesake President John F. Kennedy's dedication to community service, JFK University has a long history of actively serving Bay Area communities. For over 35 years, the University has operated three Counseling Centers that each year provide over 30,000 hours of confidential, affordable counseling services to Bay Area. These Centers also work with a number of school districts in the Bay Area to provide on-site counseling services at elementary, middle, and high school schools. The Centers are staffed by students from the graduate and doctoral psychology programs who are supervised by licensed professionals and who are gaining valuable practical experience while giving back to the communities.

Since its creation 25 years ago, the University's Sport Psychology program has included internships in which students work with at-risk or disadvantaged youth in Northern California. Graduate students teach youth how to apply sport psychology techniques to be successful in school and in life.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, JFK University's College of Law Housing Advocacy Clinic has provided free legal services to help low-income individuals and families keep or stay in their homes. The College of Law also has a Law Clinic for Elders and a Children and Family Law Clinic, staffed by advanced law students who, under the supervision of licensed attorneys, are able to provide free legal services, including court representation, to individuals, families, and elderly clients.

To enhance its service to communities, JFK University recently integrated service-learning into all programs - both graduate and undergraduate - with the launch of JFKU Engaged initiative. This initiative requires newly admitted degree students to complete 30 hours of service to community as a requirement for graduation. JFKU Engaged will provide students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge, as well as fulfill the University’s vision to transform lives and “change the world.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll award is administered by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as the American Council on Education, Campus Compact, and the Interfaith Youth Core.