This award was established in the academic year 2012/13 to acknowledge the significant time committed by ITT students to volunteering in the Institute and in the wider community.There is a strong volunteerism ethos among IT Tralee students;“60% of ITT students volunteer, committing an average of 3 hours a week” (ITT Volunteering & Civic Engagement Survey, 2010). Engaging with one’s community as a volunteer brings a reciprocal benefit to both student and community. This award seeks to acknowledge student community engagement and active citizenship, and encourage more students to volunteer.
Students who submit their work will be awarded an ITT President’s Civic Spirit citation. An award will be bestowed on the three candidates who display the most outstanding volunteering experience and impact as adjudged by the award selection panel.
To be eligible for the President’s Civic Spirit award, students will:
Demonstrate commitment to a voluntary organisation/project by maintaining a log book of voluntary activity during the academic year. This voluntary activity may be on campus, within campus environs or in your home town
Have completed a minimum of 25 hours of voluntary service in a nominated voluntary organisation in the academic year of application.
100 hours volunteering. This award will be bestowed on an individual who has dedicated exceptional volunteer involvement, making significant contribution to an organisation over at minimum of a full year
Complete an Activity Log Book (with organisation verification) and present by April 7th 2017 to:Assistant Registrar/Head of Student Engagement, Office U215, North Campus, Institute of Technology, Tralee.
“I am very honoured to have been chosen for the Gold Civic Spirit Award. It is always phenomenal to receive recognition for things we do no matter what the situation. I have always tried to pick volunteering opportunities where my skills can be best utilised and where I feel I could also benefit by testing my own abilities. I would be doing work in the community no matter what, but gaining the recognition of the CS award is absolutely wonderful”.
“Winning the Bronze Civic Spirit Award was a great achievement for me. It was great to be recognised for the time I volunteered with the ITT Badminton Club and to see the benefits and changes in the club over my time there”.
"Being awarded the President's Civic Spirit Award means a great deal to me, not only has my work been valued, but volunteering in general is being recognized and highlighted. I will always remember my experience volunteering at Campabilties. It is a very special event."