Volunteer Word Collage

What is Service Learning?

  • Service learning is a method by which young people learn and develop through active participation in a thoughtfully organized service experience.

    • That meets actual community needs.
    • That is coordinated in collaboration with the school and community.
    • That is integrated into each young person’s academic curriculum.
    • That provides structured time for a young person to think, talk and write about what he or she did and saw during the actual service activity.
    • That provides young people with opportunities to use newly acquired academic skills and use knowledge in real life situations in their own communities.
    • That enhances what is taught in the school by extending student learning beyond the classroom.
    • That helps to foster the development of a sense of caring for others.
    • That provides opportunities for school-to-college or school-to-career transitions.