Tips for becoming a successful service learning site

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Thinking Outside the Box:
Forming Non-Traditional Partnerships

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Tips for becoming a successful service learning site

  1. 1. Tips for Becoming a Successful Service Learning Site In order for the partnership with the college or university to be successful it needs to be collaborative and have mutual benefit. 1. Consider how this partnership contributes to the success of your organization’s mission. Identify the benefit before you begin. 2. Prepare your staff. Share with the staff the scope of the partnership and detail what the students will gain from this experience. Does your staff understand the importance of creating a welcoming environment? 3. Explore any risk management issues related to sharing your spaces. What liabilities are you exposing the organization to and do you have a plan to address them if necessary? 4. Consider how you will support the students and their commitment. Who will be responsible for the students? What orientation will you provide? 5. Measure the Return On Investment. How was your mission impacted? Reflection is important for students but also the organization. Was this experience successful and one that you would like to repeat? Why? Not all opportunities will be successful but make sure that you can identify what were the shortcomings. It might be that you have to go back to the partner and rethink opportunity.

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