“I’ve literally been playing all morning,” remarks Emily Aronson, campus life writer in Princeton University’s Office of Communications...
Welcome Class of 2024!
CA introduces first-year students to community at Princeton and the surrounding area. Through service, students learn what it means to be part of a community, how to grapple with complex societal questions, and begin to develop an awareness of their personal values. Students meet organizational leaders, participate in collaborative projects with local organizations and have the opportunity to expand their understanding of themselves and the world.
All CA participants explore the definition of service through an interactive workshop and the Pace Center Field Guide to Service which helps students learn to do service well and have a positive impact in the community. Through peer-led small groups, students are guided in conversations and activities to contextualize the service and learning experiences that they are participating in as a group.
During CA, students are housed off-campus at a camp or retreat center. Each group has an individualized schedule, but all include team-building activities, connecting with community partner organizations and community leaders, learning more about Princeton and the local area, completing a group service project and participating in reflection activities.
Each year, CA Fellows collaborate with on and off-campus partners to develop the themes and experiences for the program. Previous groups have focused on topics ranging from food insecurity in Trenton to environmental education in the Poconos to educational access in Princeton to the arts in Newark and more.