During her installation address Saturday, President Teresa Amott announced the formation of KnoxCorps, a partnership with the Galesburg Community Foundation designed to place Knox students and graduates in social service organizations.
“How can we build bridges to our local Galesburg community across differences of age and color and socioeconomic class?” Amott said. “The KnoxCorps will model to our student body new ways of civic engagement in local communities, even as they leverage digital technology and global insights.”
The joint project, according to a press release, will place Knox students and grads with local non-profits and “entreprenurial projects.” The project will begin this fall.
“Galesburg offers many learning opportunities for students, and Knox students have such a rich and varied set of skills,” Amott was quoted in the press release. “The goal of this program is to provide opportunities for Knox graduates to remain in Galesburg, which has been their home for four years, and to put their talents and skills to use in the local community.”
Recent graduates will be known as KnoxCorps Fellows, and they will serve the program for one year and up to 20 hours per week on an annual stipend. Undergraduate commitments will span two years.
Dr. Gary Funk will administer the project and serve as a consultant to Amott. Funk is a former president and C.E.O. of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and current director of The Rural School and Community Trust’s Center for Midwestern Initiatives.
“The Galesburg Community Foundation is excited to partner with Knox College, renowned for its dedication to service and civic action, on this important initiative,” Galesburg Community Foundation Executive Director Josh Gibb said. “The mission of the foundation is to promote collaborative action and team building, and I can think of no better way to unite the strengths of Knox College students and graduates and the needs of the Galesburg community than the KnoxCorps program.”
Next week’s issue of The Knox Student will include full coverage of the new program.