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Student Directed Learning Communities
The SDLC program mobilizes student leaders who are committed to a life of cultivating positive change in their communities. Student Directed Learning Communities (SDLCs) are diverse teams of motivated students who work with community partners (local service organizations) and learning mentors (faculty and staff members) to engage the strengths and navigate the challenges of a community in ways that are empowering, collaborative, and sustainable.
Frequently Asked Questions: Applying for an SDLC
I'd like to know more about the SDLC program prior to applying. How can I get more information?
We encourage you to review this page for context about the SDLC program. Information sessions are held every year prior to the application process.
Specific questions can be directed to the coordinator of the SDLC program, Dominick DiLoreto (firstname.lastname@example.org; 717-361-1596).
What is the application timeline?
Applications open at the beginning of the spring semester for the following academic year.
How do I apply? All successful applicants will be in good standing with the College, demonstrate a commitment to a full year of SDLC service, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants are encouraged to read the SDLC fast facts guide, which shares background information on SDLC 1.0, 2.0, and 3.0 branches, offers suggestions for community partners, and provides details about living in an SDLC.
The SDLC application has two parts - make sure to complete both! Part 1 must be completed by each student who applies to live in an SDLC. Part 2 must be completed by each team that applies to live in an SDLC. The team application features a virtual interview requirement for all aspiring SDLC teams.
We are applying to be an SDLC 2.0 or 3.0 team. Do we apply for a specific house? Community Living facilitates virtual or in-person house tours for SDLC 2.0 and 3.0 teams later in the spring semester (following the SDLC selection process). Teams will have the opportunity to share their preferences for specific houses at that time.
I am studying abroad. Can I still apply? Yes! Notify program coordinator Dominick DiLoreto (email@example.com) and we will work with you through the application process.
How much will I pay for housing as an SDLC member? SDLC 1.0 team members pay the standard rate for living in a traditional residence hall room. SDLC 2.0 and 3.0 team members pay the standard rate for living in an Independent Living Unit (ILU). An updated list of annual housing prices is available on the business office website.
Who are the current SDLCs and Community Partners for 2019-2020?
|SDLC Name||Branch||Community Partner||Theme|
|Various teams||1.0||Elizabethtown Community Cupboard, Community Donation Center, Elizabethtown HUB, ECHOS||Various - serving the Elizabethtown community|
|A Helping Hand||3.0||Elizabethtown Community Cupboard||Poverty|
|Unleash your pOTential||2.0||
Water Street Mission
|REYs the bar||2.0||Rey's Youth Center||Youth & Child Services|
|A-migos||2.0||Church World Services||Refugees & Immigration|
|Seniors Helping Seniors||3.0||GEARS/ Elizabethtown Area Senior Center||Senior Services|
|Junior Athletes||2.0||Gears Youth Program||Youth & Child Services|
|Junior Baseball Engineers||2.0||Winters Heritage House Museum||Community History|
|Attollo||2.0||Children Deserve a Chance Foundation||Underprivileged & disabled youth|
|Wonder Women 2.0||2.0||Girls on the Run||Female empowerment & mental health|