Western Kentucky University

ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Students help a Burmese family learn English through flash cardsBowling Green High School and WKU studentsStudent group with Community ThreadsStudents talks with farmer at the Community Farmers MarketStudents planning project in the librarystudents talking at the Impact Expo

Cultural Diversity in the U.S. students partnered with CEDARS and helped a Burmese Family to learn and improve in English and take the driving test.

Bowling Green High School students completed two projects: one cleaning the green house and one preparing a guide book for freshers at WKU

Students in Cultural Diversity in the U.S. partnered with Community Threads. They made bags and other stuff and put it for sale.

WKU students partnered with the Community Farmers Market to provide create cookbook for families in the community.

Nearly 200 students work in groups each year to develop plans for their $100 Solution project

Each semester student share their $100 Solution project at the IMPACT Expo

The $100 Solution™

 The $100 Solution™ utilizes course learning objectives combined with the five principles of service-learning to answer a central question for students: with this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance quality of life for others? It teaches students to ask what they can do rather than self-determining needs of others, and it demonstrates that many social problems exist that can be solved with small amounts of money, or rather, by even thinking beyond monetary solutions to make a difference in their community.


The $100 Solution™ at WKU - Awareness Incentives

Each semester, Western Kentucky University, through its staff at the WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships highlights student engagement activities in The $100 Solution™ program the the Awareness Incentives. The $100 Solution™ (THDS) awareness incentives highlights THDS activities and shares the impact WKU students make in the community. The goal of the incentives is to increase awareness and encourage continued participation in THDS in upcoming semesters.  These incentives are for students currently in courses utilizing The $100 Solution™.  Information on the Awareness Incentives and its deadlines are available on the THDS blackboard account.  For more information, contact lauren.cunningham@wku.edu.


The $100 Solution Faculty and Staff Training

The ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships cordially invites faculty and staff to The $100 Solution™ spring training. This training is for faculty or staff interested in utilizing The $100 Solution™ service-learning model in their courses or with student organizations. Nearly 200 students participate in courses at WKU each year that utilize The $100 Solution™ as a service-learning tool. Students apply their course concepts in real-world settings by partnering with the community to solve a problem or address need..

The $100 Solution™ Faculty and Staff training will take place on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the ALIVE Center from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. This training will allow interested individuals to become certified faculty and staff in The $100 Solution™ program. The $100 Solution™ is our most popular, most effective, and most developed service-learning program at WKU and is a leading model utilized around the world. Register by January 31st by visiting workshop registration page on the ALIVE Center website.

If you have any questions about the training, please contact Lauren Cunningham at lauren.cunningham@wku.edu.


The $100 Solution™ graduate assistants

Applications due April4th for 2014-2015 academic year

Position descriptionApplication

The $100 Solution ™ graduate assistant at WKU ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships provides administrative support for The $100 Solution™ Program at WKU. $100 Solution™ GAs gain experience with program planning,  coordination, and evaluation and will work directly with students, faculty, and staff across multiple departments utilizing The $100 Solution™ program in academic courses. This position is supervised by the Community Engagement Coordinator at the ALIVE Center.

See The $100 Solution™ in Action




Sign me up for a $100 Solution™ Project!

If you are interested in completing your own $100 Solution™ project, there are three steps to follow.

• Learn how to implement The $100 Solution™ by signing up for a $100 Solution™ course at WKU or by attending a workshop. To find out about workshop dates and times or schedule one for your group, contact the ALIVE Center at 270-782-0082.

• Identify a community need and fill out application form

• Send the application form to lauren.cunningham@wku.edu. Your application will be reviewed, and you will be notified within two weeks about the acceptability of your project idea.

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