Pre-Orientation Volunteer Experience in Service
PrOVES is a program focused on helping incoming first-year students make the transition from high school to college. Through direct service and social justice education, our mission is to help participants develop an on-campus support system based in service to others and commitment to community.
Our goals are:
- To facilitate the transition from high school to UNH
- To help participants become part of a community on campus
- To develop participants’ sense of civic responsibility
- To meet community needs off-campus
PrOVES began in 2001, with about 20 incoming students participating in a week of service projects. 19 years later, PrOVES is one of the top-ranked student orientation programs nationally, and has capacity to help up to 70 incoming first-year students build their UNH community!
Traditionally, each student will have the opportunity to volunteer at 3 service sites of the course of a week, in small groups of 10-12. Due to COVID-19 related changes, we are reevaluating the safety of service sites on an individual basis. The goal is engage first-year students in service projects throughout the fall semester.
PrOVES is run by 15 students who are alumni of the PrOVES program. At the end of the week, every "PrOVER" is assigned a member of the student staff as their mentor for the fall. Their mentor will be able to help the PrOVER navigate campus resources and will be a support system for the new student.