Service-Learning: What is it?
Service-learning is an interactive educational strategy that links service and academic curriculum to promote learning. Service-learning promotes students’ personal, social, and intellectual growth and provides them with a sense of civic responsibility. Service-learning is coordinated within an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community organization, and the community. Service-learning follows four stages: preparation, action, reflection, and celebration.
The Service-Learning Approach to Community Service
A service-learning approach to volunteering starts at the preparation stage, when students research a general issue—including its causes, demographics, and consequences—and then identify the prevalence of the issue within their own community. Elev8hope focuses on People, Animal and Earth. Researching statistics on senior citizens, veterans, the needy, the homeless, the infirm, children shelters, animal shelters, recycle/reuse, obesity etc. The children come up with numerous ideas and resources for projects. Upon completion of the project, it is critical that students have an individual and group reflection to summarize the success or impact they had in the community. Finally, students should also host a celebration of their hard work and dedication to the cause. This is done by the documentary that they see on how their service learning project impacted their community. To see the video allows them to see their efforts and how they changed the outcome.
Service-learning is a fun and hands-on way to teach all school subjects. Children who begin to give back to their community at a young age are more likely to continue to do so throughout their life. Elev8hope has a list of general ways to incorporate service-learning in the classroom of students of any age.
♦ Students benefit from higher academic achievement, relevant learning opportunities, community ties, and leadership opportunities. They are also incorporating literacy and math into their projects.
♦ Teachers benefit from empowerment to create conditions for student success and the ability to take an interdisciplinary approach to learning.
♦ Administrators benefit from greater collaboration within the school, stronger ties to the community, enhanced community support of schools, and the ability to demonstrate effective teaching, learning and serving. Bullying has decreased.
♦ The Community benefits from being able to shape the future workforce, a stronger student sense of responsibility and ownership of the community, and the opportunity to help students become contributing citizens while learning problem-solving and leadership skills.
♦ Policymakers benefit from students becoming responsible and productive workers and citizens, students gaining real-world civic and career experience, and addressing multiple student standards.
Elev8Hope is a non-profit (501c3) organization that relies on the kind generosity of others for funding. We will be holding fundraisers to help us to find a permanent location for Elev8Hope. If you would like to sponsor, Donate or volunteer your time, please please contact Rina our Founder at Rina@elev8hope.com or call 772-285-6026. We are currently looking for volunteers to serve on our board of directors and continue this very important program.