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Community Partners

Engaging with local nonprofit organizations through project work is the primary requirement of the CTP Fellowship. The fellows are divided into interdisciplinary teams in order to practice inter-professional collaboration. Each team works with a Community Partner, a local nonprofit with a challenge that would benefit from an inter-professional approach. For their participation, Community Partners receive a $1000 stipend at the end of the academic year, in May.

The responsibilities of a Community Partner include the following requirements: 

Identifying a Problem: Community Partners begin collaborating with the CTP by identifying how the Fellows can best assist them in tackling an important challenge. The fellows are expected to provide leadership and consultation rather than simply donating volunteer hours. Please see the page on this site entitled "CTP Fellowship" to learn more about the requirements of the Fellows.

Guiding the Fellows’ Project: Each Fellows Team will meet at least twice a semester with their Community Partner to learn what it means to serve the Nashville area as a non-profit; to spend time with the clients served; and to assess, identify and think through a challenge the Community Partner faces. In this way, the Fellows serve as students of and consultants to their partners. The goal is for the Fellows Team to provide 30 hours of service total during the academic year to their Community Partner, which may include direct service, event attendance and research on their own time. 

Attending a Concluding Celebration: Each team will write a case study about the challenge they have addressed with their Community Partner, including any resolutions and recommendations for future action. This report will be presented to their Community Partner by the end of the academic year, and we will celebrate together at a concluding luncheon.

Providing Evaluative Feedback: The CTP will ask Community Partners to provide feedback on the program’s effectiveness at mid-year and at the conclusion of the program. We welcome specific advice on ways to improve the program, and frank feedback about the Fellows’ performance. 

For more information, please email the Associate Director, Kat Baker, at kat.baker@vanderbilt.edu. Thank you.