Two of our newest programs offer meaningful pathways for active involvement with a variety of environmental and social issues that vary in size, complexity and challenge.  Students in these programs are able to blend both academic and co-curricular service into formally recognized preparatory experience.

Leadership through Service: the NorthStar Leadership Program

Unity is committed to providing students with the skills, knowledge and opportunities they need to develop an active understanding of leadership in both theoretical and practical realms.  The NorthStar Leadership Program does just that.  The Service Track, overseen by the Office of Community-Based Learning, challenges students to apply their leadership skills to real-world issues by designing and implementing increasingly robust initiatives that are responsive to community-identified need.  We connects students with issues and organizations that share the same passions for making positive change, and introduces students to leaders from whom they learn and receive feedback as emerging professionals.  If you are committed to making a difference, the NorthStar Leadership Service Track might be for you!

Project C.O.O.L.: College Outreach for Ocean Literacy

The C.O.O.L. ME Project is a joint effort between Unity College and the Maine State Aquarium to promote ocean awareness and increase ocean literacy in Maine schools through hands-on, engaging, in-classroom programs delivered by trained college students. The project is based on a national and state need (and a national demand) for increasing student awareness and connective understanding to our oceans and its resources.  Unity students who serve as  C.O.O.L. educators promote a balanced approach to the conservation and use of marine resources while inspiring new generations of students to pursue ocean related careers and become positive ocean leaders.  The project is currently targeting programs for the PreK-2 classrooms with plans to create and deliver ocean literacy content for Maine students up to grade 8.  More details about this exciting new program can be found in the Fall 2012 issue of the CBL Newsletter, Good Work.