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    • Shannon Healy CSLC Interns Community Service Learning Center
    •  What do you want to get out of this seminar?  What organizations do you represent?  What’s your personal role with service?
    •  Definitions and Differences  Characteristics  Benefits  The 5 Critical Elements  Enhancing Your Projects  Activity  The CSLC/Wrap-up
    •  Volunteerism  Service-Learning  Academic and co-curricular  Community Service  Philanthropy  Experiential Education  Civic Engagement
    •  From the National Commission on Service- Learning:  “… a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.”
    •  From the Corporation for National and Community Service: “Service learning…”  Promotes learning through active participation  Provides structured time for students to reflect  Provides opportunities to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations  Extends learning beyond the classroom  Fosters a sense of caring for others
    •  An episodic volunteer program  An add-on to an existing school or college curriculum  Completing minimum service hours in order to graduate  Service assigned as a form of punishment  Only for high school or college students  One sided; doesn’t benefit only the student or only the community
    • Civic Engagement Volunteerism Service Experiential Learning Education Community Service Philanthropy
    • Focus Service Learning Primary Intended Beneficiary Recipient Provider Service-Learning Community Service Field Education Volunteerism Internships
    •  Service learning can also be organized and offered by community organizations with learning objectives and structured reflection for their participants
    •  Experiences coordinated by the CSLC can help you develop through this continuum.
    •  Where do you think the average GVSU student falls in the spectrum?  Where do you fall in this spectrum?  Where do most of the members of your organization fall? How do we become active citizens?.....
    •  Students remove trash from a stream bed  They are providing a service to the community as volunteers
    •  Students remove trash from a stream bed  Analyze what they found  Share the results with the neighboring community and offer suggestions on how to reduce pollution  Then reflect on their experience  That’s service learning!
    •  Positive, meaningful, and real to the participants  Cooperative rather than competitive  Promotes teamwork and citizenship  Working with real problems in real-world settings rather than simplified problems in a textbook or generalized issues  Identifying the most important issues within a real- world situation through critical thinking  Promotes deeper learning – there are no “right answers” in the back of the book  Has an impact on the student and the community
    •  National studies suggest that students in effective service learning programs:  Improve their academic grades  Have increased attendance in school  Develop personal and social responsibility  Improve character  Engaged students also learn  Positive values, leadership, and citizenship  Job skills and how to prepare for careers after college
    •  Community Voice  Orientation and Training  Meaningful Action  Reflection  Evaluation
    •  Each organization/community has a unique voice and needs  These should be included in the development of any service learning project  It’s a collaboration – Talk with them!
    •  Responsibilities  What community is it in? Which organization? Who do they serve? What is the issue?  What difficult situations might arise? How do you address those?  Group/Team Building
    •  Necessary and valuable  Are both sides involved and committed?  Is the project engaging? Challenging? Meaningful?
    •  What?  As a participant, what did you do? See? Feel?  Initial observations on the project  So what?  Why was this important?  What have you learned? How has your view changed?  Now what?  What do you do next?  How to take this understanding and continue!
    •  What’s the impact?  You – learning experiences  Agency – effectiveness  Community – needs met  How can we improve/grow/change?
    •  Examples of service projects you currently take part in?  Adopt-a-Highway  Strike Out Arthritis  Bowl for Kids  No ideas yet? How can you get started?
    •  With all these definitions and elements you just learned – how can you apply those?  Not everything can or should be turned in to service learning.  Barriers: Time, resources, etc…  Baby Steps!
    •  Break into groups  By organization type, if possible!
    •  In Residence Halls  Community Councils  RA’s/MA’s  Assistant Living Center Directors  Other service and philanthropy based organizations  Academic departments  Community organizations  The Community Service Learning Center!
    •  Who they are  What they do  Where you can find them  When opportunities are  Why you should get involved
    •  Into the Streets  2 Fridays each month 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  Travel time includes travel to and from sites  Alternative Breaks Info Night  10/6/09 9:00 p.m.- 11:00p.m  Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center  Make a Difference Day  10/24/09 Pew Campus 8:30 a.m.  Pew Campus  First Year Service Experience  11/20- 11/21/09  location TBA
    •  Into the Streets  2 Fridays each month 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.  Time includes travel to and from sites  MLK Day of Service  1/16/10  Volunteer and Internship Fair  1/28/10 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Henry Hall  Service and Advocacy Week  2/22/10 - 2/26/10  Community Outreach Week  3/29/10 - 4/2/10
    • Valerie Jones Assistant Director for Leadership & Service Initiatives Bunmi Fadase Coordinator of the Community Service Learning Center Joshua Lee Graduate Assistant for Community Service Learning Programs Shannon Healy Graduate Intern for Service Initiatives Community Service Learning Center 1110B Kirkhof Center 331-2468