Summary: The learner is expected to spend eight (8) hours at the not-for-profit
Summary: The learner is expected to spend eight (8) hours at the not-for-profit organization performing volunteer service as well as learning about the organizational behavior aspects of the organization. The learner’s experience will culminate in a written report summarizing the learner’s experience as well as addressing several organizational behavior concepts encountered during the experience. Contents of Final Paper: The final paper summarizing the service learning experience will be uploaded into Canvas, and will contain the following elements: Identification - MentoringMe Organization Identification of the agency or organization for which service was performed.- MentoringMe Organization Description of the purpose or mission of the agency or organization.- Poor academic grades, poor behavior choices, and the lack of real-world understanding among Mississippi adolescents have increased. Many efforts have been made to decrease the number of youths that increasingly make poor choices in life. However, among adolescents ages 5-13, efforts seem to be lacking or almost non-existent. The mission of this organization is to mentor youth that have behavior, academic, and life issues and show these youth that they too can be successful. The aim is to keep the youth off the streets and more in schools. They plan different activities for the students to keep their minds active and activities that promotes and encourages growth as a whole child. Description of the work done by the learner.- I mentored male and female youth ages 5-13 years of age. I planned outings for the youth that were constructive like fishing and knitting classes. I tutored them with summer work and talked with about any issues they were or are having in life. I bonded with the youth and they were able to open up to me as a mentor. Description of the area or department of the organization observed by the learner.- We were in a rural/urban area. The organization accepts students from all over. Organizational Behavior Concepts. In this section, the learner will address organizational behavior aspects of the organization. The learner will select two organizational behavior topics from those we study in this course and apply the concepts and principles of those two (2) topics to the organization. Suggested areas for observation and evaluation may include, but are not limited to: Systems theory as applied to the organization Organizational culture How the culture is being sustained or changed Socialization of members The role of personality Perceptions Motivational theories Psychological contract Job design Use of evaluation, feedback and rewards Misbehavior Individual or organizational stress Group development Group behavior(s) Use of teams Management of conflict Power and politics Communication Decision making Organizational structure Organizational leadership Organizational change Details: The following points should guide the leaner in completion of this project. The paper will contain 2,500 words, or more, of content. The cover sheet, abstract (not required but may be used), table of contents (if used) and references do not count toward the length of the paper. The paper, including citations, references and general format will be APA compliant. In addition to the text and the Bible, the paper will contain at least five additional references, two of which must be from peer-reviewed sources. References should be from high-quality sources such as peer-reviewed sources, trade journals and business journals. Sources such as Wikipedia, e-How, blogs or similar sites will not count toward the minimum number of references. The learner will obtain a letter from an officer or manager in the organization verifying that at least 8 hours of service were performed for the organization. The letter will state where the service was performed and the nature of the service. The letter will also contain the name and contact information of organization’s contact providing the letter. This letter will be submitted with the project. This letter does not count toward the page content of the paper. In addressing the organizational behavior topics chosen, it is recommended that the analysis include the following aspects (you don’t have to use them all, but these are good places to start): A description of the topic (a must) The theoretical foundation of the topic (a must) How the topic manifested itself in the organization (evidence) Effects of the topic on the organization Did the topic manifest itself as what you read suggested it would? Does that organizational behavior aspect propel or hinder the organization in achieving is mission? What alternatives are there to the situation(s) you saw? Was the organization using the Organizational Behavior principles effectively? What evidence is there of this? Do you have any recommendations for the organization based on what you have learned in Organizational Behavior and what you saw? The paper will contain a significant section integrating Christian worldview perspectives with the observations. In addition to evaluating the Organizational Behavior situation or practice from a theoretical viewpoint, the learners must also evaluate the situation from the point of view of the biblical foundations provided in this course. Learners must evaluate whether or not the principle as practiced by the organization is consistent with the biblical foundations (compare and contrast) and to evaluate the potential change in effectiveness of the organization were the biblical foundations to be employed. If the organization does purport to operate from a biblical point of view, the learners will evaluate the extent to which the organization appears to be consistent with the biblical foundation in its organizational behavior. At least 1,000 words of the final paper should be devoted to this aspect of the project. Specific Requirements: (2,500 words or more, at least seven sources, APA-compliant)

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