Pace Council for Civic Values (PCCV)
The Pace Council for Civic Values (PCCV) is a student board at the Pace Center that seeks to promote a culture of active citizenship at Princeton University. The Pace Council offers advising and leadership training for students in civic engagement groups and organizes campus-wide civic engagement events and initiatives.
Use the links to the left for funding and student group recognition, read more about the Pace Partners program and find out answers to some frequently asked questions about the PCCV and the Pace Center in the Student Leader Guide.
Check out Sympoh's awesome video about their spring break trip to several Boys and Girls clubs in Virginia! Sympoh taught at-risk kids how to breakdance to build both their confidence and their creativity. This trip was partially funded by the Pace Center Civic Engagement Fund.
The Pace Council offers wide range of benefits for PCCV recognized groups and students looking for support for individual projects. Benefits for PCCV recognized groups include:
● Peer advising and leadership training for students groups
● Use of Pace Center Vans
● Wide range of advertising avenues
● Pace Center staff support and advising (financial counseling, larger administrative networks)
● Group access to large recruiting events (Community Service Kickoff, etc.)
● Poster printing
● Professional poster-ers for group event
PCCV organizes campus-wide civic engagement events and initiatives. This year's initiatives are:
Data and Needs Assessment
PCCV is working with our current community partners to assess how their needs are being met through their interactions with student volunteers. We are also reaching out to organizations that we have not yet worked with to see if there could be a potential relationship in the future.
PCCV has a hand in organizing campus-wide events that promote civic engagement These include: Reflections on Service (ROS), a keynote address from a notable Princeton alum who discusses civic issues and a commitment to service; the Community Service Kick-off, an activities fair for civic engagement groups at the start of second semester; the Faculty Barbeque, where students show their appreciation for a group of professors who have demonstrated commitment to civic engagement; and the ‘We’re Engaged’ end of the year event, a time for the Pace Center to recognize its hard-working and passionate students.
Inter-Club Community Fundraiser
This is our third annual ICCF, a fundraiser that brings together the 11 different Eating Clubs over Freshmen Preview Weekends by encouraging each club to fundraise in their own unique way for a group selected cause. Last year, the club’s raised over $8,000 for Donors Choose. This year, the 11 clubs are working towards fundraising for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Be sure to check in with your Eating Club to find out ways that you can get involved.
Leadership Training Workshops
PCCV organizes regular leadership workshops for Pace group leaders. These are aimed to develop various skills such as fundraising, membership retention and administrative development. While we typically feature various Pace leaders to speak on one of the aforementioned skills at the workshops, this year, we are working to host alumni with related experiences to share their insight. Leadership Training Workshops are wonderful opportunities for Pace groups develop skills, network, get to know other leaders on campus and learn more about Pace resources. Check our website for updates on upcoming workshops!
Mentorship / Campus Development
PCCV has started a new dinner series called ‘Food for Thought.’ Each dinner is moderated by a faculty speaker who leads a discussion on an issue related to civic engagement. These dinners are open to any Princeton student. PCCV is also working on designing a Pace mentorship program that will connect incoming freshmen with their peers in the Pace Center.
Student Group Advising
PCCV offers all Pace reognized groups helpful advising for group's events, finiancial accounts, and learning how to become a new group!
PCCV has created an opportunity for individuals and groups (recognized and unrecognized) to improve an existing civic engagement/service project or make a great new idea come to life. The fund is intended to help develop and implement innovative ideas that promote civic engagement. TGIF recipients work closely and frequently with PCCV members and other TGIF recipients to implement their ideas/projects.
‘What Matters’ Video Campaign
PCCV is working on developing a video to demonstrate the wide array of civic engagement opportunities available to students as well as the diversity of the students involved with these projects. We hope that this will be an effective way to spark a conversation that will get more people talking about Princeton’s civic engagement scene.