SLCC 2007 Presentation from Learn & Serve America

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  • 1. Learn and Serve BRING LEARNING TO LIFE! America


  • Established in 1993 to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community service
  • AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America

Learn and ServeAmerica 3. Our Goal

  • To make service learning and civic engagement a standard feature of American education, both formal and informal

Learn and ServeAmerica 4. Learn and Serve America

  • funds programs in K-12 schools, community-based organizations, and institutions of higher education that engage participants in structured, hands-on projects that meet community needs while helping participants develop personal, civic, and academic skills .

Learn and Serve America 5. Learn and Serve America 6. The Definition ofService-Learning

  • Participants learn and develop throughactive participationin thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in andmeets the needs of a community
  • coordinated withan elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program, and with the community
  • fosterscivic responsibility
  • integrated into andenhances the academic curriculumof the students, or theeducational componentsof the community service program in which the participant is enrolled
  • provides structured time for participants toreflecton the service experience

Learn and ServeAmerica *Source: National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993 7. Elements of School-based Programs

  • Integrates community serviceinto the curriculum
  • Creates and maintains reciprocalpartnershipsbetween school and community
  • Meets compellingcommunity needs
  • Ensuresyouth leadershipand decision-making
  • Addresses state and localstandards
  • Providesat least 20 hoursof service in a semester
  • Promotescivic skillsand engagement
  • Occurs many timesthroughout the school years

Learn and ServeAmerica 8. Research Findings

  • Improved Academic Achievement and Engagement

Learn and ServeAmerica

  • Positive Civic Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Reduction in Risky Behavior

9. Growth In Prevalence

  • In 1984, only9%of high schools organized service-learning programs in their schools.
  • By 2004,30%of public schools nation-wide organized service-learning, including46%of high schools.

Learn and ServeAmerica 10. National Service-Learning

  • Gathers and disseminates information about service-learning
  • Curriculum, research, project examples
  • E-Mail discussion lists
  • Available free to the public

Learn and ServeAmerica Clearinghouse 11. Challenge to the Virtual World Community

  • How can service-learning have a useful presence in virtual worldsandan impact in the real world?

Learn and ServeAmerica 12. Resources

  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
  • National Service-Learning Partnership
  • Brad Lewis, Program Officer, Learn and Serve America
  • or(202) 606-6898

Learn and ServeAmerica