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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”If so, then you’re in the right place! The Center for Student and Civic Engagement at Penn State Altoona is committed to providing opportunities for students to connect to the communities they are a part of while affecting positive growth and change for both the student and the community!

What exactly does “civic engagement” mean? Civic Engagement refers to the ways in which citizens participate in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community’s future.

Our office also adheres to the following definition of service: Service is “a philosophy and practice that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better communities, and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.” Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership

As part of our mission and values at Penn State, we believe it isn’t enough to simply graduate degree holders. We want to produce citizen leaders for the world. We know our graduates spread out across the globe and when they do,
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we want them to take the Penn State Values with them! By offering opportunities for students to connect with the community in the City of Altoona and Blair County, we are giving them chances to practice those citizenship skills. Through experiences such as philanthropy, volunteering, service learning, and civic participation, students will continue to evolve in their role as citizens and develop knowledge, skills, values,
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and motivation to be active participants in their community and lead lives of civic engagement.