Service + Learning = Service-Learning
Service: Service means contributing or helping to benefit others and the common good.
Learning: Learning means gaining understanding of a subject of skill through study, experience, or an exchange of ideas.
Service-Learning: The ideas of service and learning combine to create service-learning. Investigation, preparation, action, reflection, and demonstration are the five stages of service-learning. By understanding how each stage works, you can be more effective in making plans to help in your community.
Begin by asking, “What resources do we have in our group?” Then explore community needs to find a local problem that you can help solve.
What do you need to know to be well informed about the topic you have chosen? Use media, interview, survey, and observation to learn more and plan.
Set your plan in motion! Your action can be direct, indirect, involve advocacy, or research.
Checking in through reflection keeps us on track as we connect our thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Tell the story of what happened! Report the data! Show the photos! Be bold and loud and let others know what youth can do!