Service Learning is an educational strategy by which young people can learn more about themselves and their world through active participation in thoughtfully organized and meaningful service experiences that:
Why do you think service learning is important?
- “I think service learning is important because it teaches you things as you do them rather than just learning about it in a text book and then never using the information.”
- “Service learning is important because one gets more familiar with the society where he/she lives. It helps put into perspective the importance of helping one another without needing a physical reward in the end.”
- “Because it helps others but it also helps you because you can see what each situation takes to pull off and then see its results. It is a dominos effect because it encourages others to get involved and every situation teaches something new.”
- “Service learning is important because it requires you to give something of yourself. You know that saying, “It is in giving that you truly receive” (or something close to that). It’s so true! Giving back to your community/surroundings is an awesome way to make an impact both on those you help as well as yourself. I also think that it is important because it goes beyond simple volunteerism by teaching life skills in the midst of everything else.”
The Impact of Service-Learning on Youth Personal and Social Development Service-learning has a positive effect on the personal development of public school youth in the following areas:
Students who participate in service-learning are less likely to engage in “risk” behaviors:
Service-learning has a positive effect on students’ interpersonal development and the ability to relate to culturally diverse groups:
Service-learning helps to develop students’ sense of civic and social responsibility and their citizenship skills.
Service-learning provides an avenue for students to become active, positive contributors to society.
The Impact of Service-Learning on Academic Learning Service-learning helps students acquire academic skills and knowledge.
Students who participate in service-learning are more engaged in their studies and more motivated to learn. Service-learning is associated with increased student attendance.
Service-learning helps students to become more knowledgeable and realistic about careers.
The Impact of Service-Learning on Schools
Service-learning results in greater mutual respect between teachers and students. Service-learning improves the overall school climate. Engaging in service-learning leads to discussions of teaching and learning and best ways for students to learn.
The Impact of Service Learning on Communities
Service-learning leads to more positive perceptions of school and youth by community members.
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