2013-2014 Pay It Forward Committee
Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service
Part of the Office of Student Life
Application Due 10/31/2012 by 5:00pm
Pay It Forward Mission Statement
Pay It Forward is a service cohort of student leaders committed to instilling a life-long passion in
Ohio State students for "paying it forward”. This dedicated group of students enriches others’
knowledge of universal needs, helps them personally connect to social issues and provides them with
the opportunity to serve their community.
Pay It Forward is made up of six committees with intentional program objectives: Annual Events,
Access88, Continued Service, Marketing, OSU Votes, and Outreach and Education. Each committee
is responsible for the execution of the programs which fall within it, while also collaborating with the
talents within Pay It Forward to foster a cohesive event planning process. Beginning in the Spring of
2013, there will be two options for involvement in Pay It Forward, a Cohort of students and a
General Body. This application outlines the requirements for being admitted into the Cohort, the
body of students responsible for planning all service events throughout the year. There is also a
General Body option that does not require an application. For more information on this general
body option, please visit our website.
Students have the opportunity to apply for each position based on experience and interest.
Pay It Forward members will work closely with the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and
Service professional staff to plan and implement a series of service-related events and programs,
including Community Commitment, MLK Day of Service, Red Party, Pay It Forward Week,
Awareness Events, Access88 Trips, and to create new programs that work to meet the needs of OSU
students, the greater Columbus community, and Ohio’s 88 counties. This is a 16-month commitment
(Spring Semester 2013 through Spring Semester 2014).
Pay It Forward members will be responsible for:
- Cooperatively planning large scale service projects
- Creating relationships with community agencies
- Providing monthly service opportunities to campus members in specific topical service areas
(including, but not limited to, housing issues, hunger and homelessness, education, and
- Attending weekly meetings, seminars, and all Pay It Forward Events
Please consider other commitments before applying to be a part of Pay It Forward.
Approximate Time Commitment: 8-10 hours per week throughout the 2013-2014 school year,
including Pay It Forward meetings, volunteer hours, and office hours. Some summer work may also
be required for specific positions.
New Members – Service-Learning Course Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm
Returning members: Complete 2 hours of service each week during Spring Quarter
Weekly 2-hour cohort meetings – Thursdays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
4 Monthly Community Service Hours: Agency Selected by Student
1 Weekly Office-Hour in the Pay It Forward office
More than 3 excused absences per semester will result in removal
Ideal Cohort Candidates Possess:
- A commitment to service and social justice
- An eagerness to learn, an open mind, and critical thinking skills
- Ability to work well, both in a team environment and independently
- A sense of humor, flexibility, and dependability
Fall Semester 2012:
Information Sessions: October 15th and 16th at 7pm in Central Classroom 243.
Applications Due: October 31, 2012
Interviews: November 6 – November 16, 2012
Application Check List:
(Please make sure you have completed all of the following!)
___ General Information completed
___ Resume attached
___ Short essay responses completed and attached
___ Interview Times selected
Contact Alex Clapper.firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions.
Application Due 5:00pm 10/31/2012
All application materials are to be submitted to the Resource Room
in the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service, Attn. Alex Clapper.
Short essay Responses:
Please respond to the following questions on a separate sheet and attach to your application.
1) How did you hear about Pay It Forward?
2) Why are you interested in serving as a Pay It Forward committee member? What do you hope to
contribute and gain? For returning members, what do you hope to contribute with another year?
3) Please describe a specific project or program you were involved in planning, outlining your role,
what you did well and what you would improve.
4) What social issue(s) are you passionate about? What have you done and what do you plan on
doing to work towards improving this social issue?
5) What is your definition of civic engagement?
E-Mail Address: _______________________________________________________
Cell Phone Number: ___________________________________________________
Local Address: _________________________________________________________
Expected Graduation Date: __________________________________
Please list and briefly explain all extracurricular involvement, including work, along with number of
Please list the name of one OSU professional staff or faculty member who may be contacted as a
reference on your behalf.
Preferred Telephone number: _______________________________________________
E-mail Address: __________________________________________________________
Please attach a resume that highlights your involvement in service activities and your leadership
2013-2014 Director Position Descriptions and Rankings
A Pay It Forward Director is an experienced upper classman with significant service experience.
Directors will lead committee meetings, oversee distribution of tasks to committee members, and
ensure strong lines of communication and accountability through successful delegation. Directors
serve as liaisons between advisors, committee members and other Pay It Forward committees.
It is expected for all nine directors to attend all weekly Executive Board meetings and general
Pay It Forward committee meetings.
This position is responsible for overseeing the operation of the entire Pay It Forward Committee.
They maintain communication and relationships with University departments, student groups, and
community partners. They are charged with creating and implementing a focused vision for Pay It
Forward and working to maintain the goals of the organization. The weekly duties of the Executive
Director include organizing and running both the Pay It Forward committee meetings and the
Executive Board meetings in collaboration with the Assistant Directors.
Assistant Director of Events:
The Assistant Director of Events will oversee the following committees: Annual Events, Marketing, and
OSU Votes. Together with the Advisor, they will serve as the main point of contact for each of the
three directors they work with. This position will also be responsible for secretarial duties, including
but not limited to, taking meeting minutes and attendance, booking room reservations, and
organizing the office area.
Assistant Director of Outreach:
The Assistant Director of Outreach will oversee the following committees: Access88, Continued
Service, and Outreach and Education. Together with the Advisor, they will serve as the main point of
contact for each of the three directors they work with. This position will also be responsible for the
internal development of the Pay It Forward cohort, which includes helping to plan cohort retreats
and implementing an Internal Development Plan.
Director of Annual Events
The Director of Annual Events will oversee the entire Annual Events committee and facilitate the
weekly committee meetings. They will create strategic plans and assessments for the successful
implementation of each annual event.
Director of Access88
The Director of Access 88 will oversee the entire Access88 committee and facilitate the weekly
committee meetings. They will create strategic plans and assessments for the successful
implementation of each trip and program.
Director of Continued Service
This Director will oversee the entire Continued Service committee, facilitate the weekly committee
meetings, and work to create a culture of Continued Service throughout campus. They will create
strategic plans and assessments for the successful implementation of each annual event and work to
grow the newly formed Continued Service committee to create strong partnerships with the
Columbus community and bridge the community service gap between the Ohio State and Columbus
Director of Marketing
The Director of Marketing will create a strategic brand to market the Pay It Forward cohort
throughout campus and the Columbus community. They will facilitate weekly committee meetings
and oversee all marketing components. They will work to maintain a consistent brand for Pay It
Forward and will implement assessments to monitor our marketing reach.
Director of OSU Votes
This Director will oversee the entire OSU Votes committee and facilitate the weekly committee
meetings. They will work to educate the Ohio State campus on voter registration and education,
while serving as a liaison between the Office of Student Life and Pay It Forward, creating a
University-wide voter initiative.
Director of Outreach and Education
This Director will oversee the entire Outreach and Education committee, facilitate the weekly
committee meetings, and work to create a culture of Paying It Forward throughout campus. Through
grassroots outreach, this Director is responsible for mobilizing the Pay It Forward movement.
If interested in serving as a director, please rank the following committee options below from 1-6,
with 1 being your highest preference. Please see below for the description of events and
coordinators within each committee.
____Annual Events Committee: (Must be in/around Columbus during Summer Semester)
____ Continued Service Committee
____ Outreach & Education Committee
If not selected as a Director, would you be interested in serving as a Coordinator?
____Yes _____No **If yes, please rank the projects below.
2013-2014 Coordinator Position Descriptions and Rankings
Please rank the following projects in order of interest in serving as a Coordinator.
(#1-19 with 1 being your top selection. All events do not have to be ranked.)
The Annual Events Committee consists of one Director and five Coordinators who are responsible for
planning the five Pay It Forward Annual Events. *ALL members of this committee are required to be
in/around Columbus over summer for regular meetings. All coordinators will plan and delegate all
aspects related to their respective events, as well as collaborating all the other four events throughout
the year. Tasks include site/agency recruitment, site leader recruitment and training, meal donations,
speakers, space reservations, day-of logistics, collaborating with the Education Coordinator to implement
reflection activities, and partnering with the Marketing Committee to market all events.
Community Commitment (1):
Community Commitment is the Nation’s largest single-day service event on a college campus and it happens
annually on the Tuesday before Fall classes begin.
Beat Michigan Week Battle Against Hunger (1):
Battle Against Hunger is an awareness event surrounding the issue of hunger in partnership with the University of
Michigan. In addition to planning logistics, coordinators will assign donation locations, coordiante efforts across the
OSU campus with U of M, and plan a kick-off program to open the month-long event.
MLK Day of Service (1):
Make MLK Day a day on, not a day off! This coordinator engages students in giving back to the community while
commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
World AIDS Day/Red Party (1):
Historically, Red Party has been designed to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Through the transition to semesters
this event may change in scope, but it will always be an advocacy/awareness program.
Pay It Forward Week (1):
Pay It Forward Week is an entire week dedicated to spreading the Pay It Forward mission to the Ohio State and
Columbus communities. Students are able to “pay it forward” in a variety of ways, including small service projects
and creating awareness about social issues.
The Access88 Committee will consist of one Director and three Coordinators. This Committee will be
responsible for coordinating and executing all Access88 trips. Access88 engages elementary and middle
school students in interactive activities and presentations to encourage them to begin planning for their
futures by communicating the importance of higher education and preparing for college.
Access88 Coordinators (3):
Access88 is designed to raise awareness about access to higher education in Ohio’s 88 counties. Coordinators are
responsible for planning trips, curriculum development, application development, participant selection and
communication, collaborating with the Education Coordinator for participant training and reflection, and partnering
with Marketing Coordinators to advertise trips and applications.
The Continued Service Committee will consist of one Director and five Coordinators. This Committee is
charged with providing students with ongoing service opportunities to make serving the community an
easy task for Ohio State students.
Agency Coordinators (2):
Agency Coordinators will be responsible for distributing the monthly Pay It Forward agency newsletter, serving as
agency liaison and increasing agency partnerships, coordinating Volunteer Fairs at the beginning of each semester,
and handling all service referrals.
Internship Coordinators (2):
Internship Coordinators will be responsible for creating and supporting four internships for Ohio State students with
Columbus agencies. They will create these internship experiences and set up bi-weekly intern-trainings related to
social issues, non-profit organizations, and internship responsibilities. They will maintain contact with sites to create
successful partnerships and work to promote this opportunity throughout campus.
Service Saturday Coordinators (1):
This Coordinator will be responsible for planning and implementing monthly Service trips throughout the surrounding
Columbus community based on social issues that are relevant and important to Ohio State students.
The Marketing Committee consists of one Director and two Coordinators. This Committee is responsible
for marketing the entire Pay It Forward initiative, as well as maintaining and improving the Pay It
Forward website and newsletter.
Internal Marketing Coordinator (1):
The Internal Marketing Coordinator is responsible for collaborating with the entire Pay It Forward committee on all
events and programs. They will work with Ohio Union Marketing to support the creation of materials, while
adhering to University policies and procedures for all Pay It Forward programs and events, including but not
limited to, posters, video screens, t-shirts, presentations, and fliers. They will also be responsible for documenting all
events through photo and video.
External Marketing Coordinator (1):
The external marketing coordinator will be responsible for marketing the general Pay It Forward initiative on
campus to increase participation in Pay It Forward service events and collaborate with the Director of Marketing to
create a strategic plan for the branding of Pay It Forward as an Ohio Union student cohort. They will be
responsible for implementing assessments of the effectiveness of Pay It Forward marketing. They are responsible
for collaborating with Ohio Union Marketing to support the creation of materials such as fliers, posters, and videos,
while adhering to the University’s policies and procedures.
Technology Coordinator (1):
The Technology Coordinator will collaborate with the entire Pay It Forward committee on all events and programs.
They are responsible for maintaining and improving the Pay It Forward website, Ohio Union website, Twitter
account, Facebook page, and distributing the weekly Pay It Forward Newsletter to the Ohio State campus. The
Technology Coordinator must have interest and background knowledge in website management and design, as
well as a strong interest in social media. Knowledge of videography and photography is desired but not
Media Relations Coordinator (1):
The Media Relations Coordinator is responsible for fostering a relationship with Media programming throughout
the Campus and Columbus communities, including Ohio Union videography and print media such as The Lantern.
This Coordinator will represent Pay It Forward in all capacities and should have experience with public speaking
The OSU Votes Committee consists of one Director and six committee members. This Committee is
responsible for the non-partisan registration, education, and engagement of the Columbus campus,
including students, faculty, and staff, in voter initiatives.
Government Relations Coordinator (1):
The Government Relations Coordinator will collaborate with the university’s Office of Government Affairs,
serve as lead contact for any external government agency or candidate, and ensure the committee adheres
to all university standards and procedures while effectively communicating information concerning politics
and government to students.
Volunteer Coordinator (2):
The Volunteer Coordinators will be will be responsible for recruiting volunteers to aid and assist with
planning and staffing all programs and registration efforts. One Volunteer Coordinator will serve as a
Volunteer Trainer, ensuring that all volunteers are informed about the OSU Votes mission and the voting
requirements in the State Of Ohio. A second Volunteer Coordinator will be in charge of all other
communication and coordination of volunteers for all events and registration efforts, including acquiring
space for tables/booths, creating and maintaining a volunteer schedule, and making sure any and all
materials needed for tabling are allocated efficiently.
Programming Coordinator (1):
The Programming Coordinator is responsible for effectively planning all OSU Votes events, including the All-
American Event. This Coordinator will also collaborate with graphics and other non-partisan organizations to
create an election season calendar.
Information Coordinator (1):
The Information Coordinator is responsible for educating the OSU Votes committee and the Ohio State
student body on all voting and election procedures, supplying information and content for the OSU Votes
website, serving as head contact with the Franklin County Board of Elections and Ohio Secretary of State’s
Office, and putting together any and all educational materials to be distributed by OSU Votes.
Outreach Coordinator (1):
The Outreach Coordinator will serve as a liaison to all University departments not directly associated with
OSU Votes. This primarily includes, but is not limited to, University Residence and Dining Services and
Outreach and Education
The Outreach and Education Committee consists of one Director and five Coordinators. This Committee is
responsible for collaborating with the entire Pay It Forward group to recruit volunteers for all programs,
reach out to new and diverse volunteer populations, coordinating all educational components including
reflections, orientations, and trainings, and educating Ohio State Students on what it means to pay it
Campus Engagement Coordinators (4)
The Campus Engagement Coordinators will spread the message of paying it forward to all students at Ohio State.
They will collaborate with the entire Pay It Forward committee on all events and programs to recruit volunteers for
all programs and reach out to new populations to get as many people involved in the movement. Coordinators will
be responsible for scheduling presentations and small service projects with diverse populations and organizations.
Education Coordinator (1)
The Education Coordinator will collaborate with the entire Pay It Forward committee on all events and programs.
The Coordinator will be responsible for creating trainings, reflections, orientations, and activities for all events and
programs. The Coordinator will be responsible for planning three events per semester to discuss various social
issues, which will include but not be limited to faculty discussions, agency presentations, and documentary showings.
Available Times for Interviews:
Options for interview times are listed on the next two pages. Please cross out the time blocks
that you are NOT available for an interview (keep in mind class, work, etc). If you are selected for an
interview, we will use this calendar to schedule a 30-minute interview.
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