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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 jonesval@gvsu.edu Bunmi Fadase Coordinator of the Community Service Learning Center fadasol@gvsu.edu Joshua Lee Graduate Assistant for Community Service Learning Programs leejoshu@gvsu.edu Shannon Healy Graduate Intern for Service Initiatives Community Service Learning Center healysha@gvsu.edu 1110B Kirkhof Center 331-2468 www.gvsu.edu/service service@gvsu.edu