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Ronald Porter
Director of Service-Learning

Eckerd College
Office of Service-Learning
4200 54th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33711


toll-free: 800-456-9009
local: 727-864-7512


Service Learning

Jason Lemons '07

Political Science major

Jason Lemons 

My name is Jason Lemons and I graduated from Eckerd College in 2007 with a degree in Political Science. My first significant experience with service came as I graduated High school, on a service trip to Puerto Rico. I really enjoyed this experience and was happy when I was reintroduced to it at Eckerd during the Autumn term Into the Streets program. Into the Streets was a valuable way for me to meet other freshman who were also interested in service and orient myself to the St. Petersburg community.

At Eckerd I found service to be a great way to integrate what I was learning in school with practical experiences in my field. While I was there, I worked with the Sierra Club, Eckerd College homeless Outreach (ECHO), the St. Petersburg Summit on Homelessness, in an indigenous village in Ecuador on an Alternative Spring Break trip, and during my semester abroad in London I worked with the British Trust of Conservation Volunteers.

The service experiences I had at helped me gain insight into what I wanted to pursue in life and the confidence in my abilities to pursue it. This past year I have worked for Americorps VISTA at New College of Florida as a volunteer coordinator. Part of my duties have included organizing service work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, The Boys and Girls Club, and two alternative break trips, one to the migrant community in Immokalle, Florida and the other to work in the Myakka River State Park.

After my term of service ends, I will begin to pursue my Masters in Public Policy at Duke University.

Reflective Service-Learning Portfolio

Triton Track

Calls for Participation

Academy Prep

Volunteer with Academy Prep

Academy Prep is a unique private middle school program serving 5th through 8th grade students in a low-income area. Students must qualify for need-based scholarships to attend and must have a desire to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. Academy Prep works with students to prepare them for higher education, maintaining relationships with graduates through high school, college, and into their adult lives.

YMCA Reads

Volunteer Mentors Needed

YMCA Reads! is an after-school reading assistance and mentoring program providing opportunities for at-risk and low-income children in kindergarten through third grade to develop the reading skills they need to succeed in school.

Notes from the Field

Servant Leaders blog
Service-Learning Interns blog
The service-learning student interns are increasing service involvement at Eckerd, becoming successful service leaders and helping students create a community around the values and challenges of servant-leadership.

Service Learning Profiles

Alumni Profiles

Read individual profiles of how involvement with Eckerd Service-Learning changed the lives of current students and alumni.  Learn more.