The New England College's Project Pericles Center was established in August 2002. It is located on the second floor of the CEI building on campus.
Project Pericles Ambassadors
As part of the Center, our ambassadors offer work-study positions for community service placements. These placements include the White Birch Community Center, Weare Middle School working with the CASA after school program, Hillsborough-Middle School working at the Get A Grip after school program, the newly-created Henniker Community Center, and the Hillsborough Elementary after-school program. Some ambassadors work in the Pericles Center or as campus organizational liaison. These students create a bridge of communication between Pericles and clubs and organizations on campus such as Student Senate, Womyn's Network, Servitor, ServeCor, and TEACH.
Project Pericles creates the center or meeting place for community service opportunities. Individuals from the Center meet with community organizations, local schools, and agencies to find out what their needs are and how we can help them. We then inform the members of the NEC campus community about these needs. Organizations, clubs, teams, or individuals who want to sign up for a community service event call or email the Pericles Center, and we compile a volunteer list and inform the site. After community service events, an attendance sheet is filled out with students' names and organization affiliation, and this form is returned to the Pericles Center. This allows Pericles to keep records of attendance and generate a report at the end of the school year that adequately describes the community involvement of our NEC campus.
In addition to the work of the Center, various faculty members are encouraged to incorporate civics and civic engagement into their courses. A number of faculty include service-learning in their courses.
The NEC Board of Trustees has a subcommittee on Civic & Social Responsibility. This group provides leadership and direction to the work of individuals on campus. President Perkins is the College's representative to the Presidents' Council for the National Project Pericles.