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The Leduc Center for Civic Engagement offers a range of programs that promote civic participation and engaged learning throughout the community.  Our current programs are focused on education, literacy, and leadership.  They are run in collaboration with other schools and departments, which helps to serve a variety of different populations across campus.  Please click on a program to learn more about it.


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America Reads & America Counts places college student tutors in community centers, local middle and elementary schools to provide classroom support and individual attention to struggling and at-risk students. Students work with kids to help foster and strengthen their reading and mathematical proficiency.



Civic Engagement Summit is a one-day, campus-wide conference on civic engagement hosted annually by the Leduc Center. Open to the public, the event is highlighted by a keynote speaker who speaks on varyone aspects of civic engagement to encourage dialogue on the meaning of public service and civic engagement.



College Positive Program
 is dedicated to helping local youth achieve the dream of a college education by assisting and advising students on the college-bound path. 



Leadership & Civic Engagement Minor is designed for students whose objective is to practice leadership on our campus and in our community.  Students eligible to declare the minor must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and have completed 54 credits.


 teaches leadership skills to middle school childred through service-learning projects. One of the goals of LEADS is to empower middle school children to believe in themselves while they actively work to make our community a better place to live. 


Public Interest Speakers Series
 is hosted by the Leduc Center and highlights various areas of law, civic engagement, and/or leadership. The speakers help provide insights on various aspects and fields of public service to the campus community.


SouthCoast Serves
 is a collaborative of community organizations facilitated by the Leduc Center that fosters service and volunteerism to meet the needs of our community by leveraging resources, expertise, and capacity to maximize impact.


VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance)
is sponsored by the IRS and generally offers free tax help to people who make $50,000 or less and need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. The program is run by the Leduc Center with the New Bedford Community Economic Development Center.  IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation to qualified individuals in local communities. 


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