Service-Learning Lauren BurnsDefining Service-LearningService-learning- Service-learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students: 1) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified on- and off-campus community needs and 2) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility ().Committee Minutes, January 25, 2001How I became involved in Service-LearningThis year as a freshman in college, I knew that I needed to be involved in a learning community. One of the requirements for VSU 1101is getting involved with our city and providing community service to the Valdosta area. Benefits of Service-LearningIncrease your understanding of the class topic.Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change; become more flexible Develop or enhance your skills, especially in the areas of communication, collaboration, and leadership
Benefits Cont.Gain hands-on experience (possibly leading to an internship or job later) Learn more about social issues and their root causesGrow a professional network of people you might connect with again later for jobs or internships Test out your skills, interests, and values in a potential career path, or learn more about a field that interests you
Benefits Cont.Have opportunities to act on your values and beliefsDevelop critical thinking and problem-solving skills Connect with professionals and community members who you will learn from Explore or cement your values and beliefs Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities
How Service-Learning Affected Me:Service-learning provided a positive impact, because I love making a difference and volunteering my time to better my community.Service Projects I CompletedKappa Delta Shamrock: I participated in the flag football tournament that was put on for Kappa Deltas spring philanthropy event which is prevention of child abuse.
Elementary School Bookfair: I worked at the bookfair as a volunteer for a local elementary school.
Animal Shelter Volunteer: I took time out of my schedule to help take care of the animals that live at the shelter.
Photos of MeKappa Delta Shamrock:
Photos Cont.Animal Shelter: