The Youth Leadership / Service-
Learning Initiative of the
Minneapolis Public School's
Community Education Department.
Listen to the statement
Move to the corner that best describes your attitude
or reaction to the statement
Discuss with those in your corner why you chose that
Report out to the rest of the group about why chose
•DISCOVERING THE NEEDS IN THE COMMUNITY (INVESTIGATING,
•CREATING PROJECTS THAT ADDRESS THOSE NEEDS (PROBLEM SOLVING,
•FINDING THE PLACES WHERE LEARNING AND EDUCATION CAN ENRICH
AND INFORM THE PROCESS
•CONNECTING THE CLASSROOM TO THE WORLD AND CONTEXTUALIZING
What is Service-Learning?
As an after-school program option:
Allows freedom in the service-learning process
Encourages students to make connections within their
Gives students opportunities to serve
Promotes individual and group problem-solving skills
Empowers students to become activators instead of victims
How it has evolved:
•Exclusively Service-Learning Focused
•Pointed recruitment of facilitators
• Development of a job description
•Pointed two-part training for facilitators
•Diverse array of facilitator supports:
• E-mail Updates
• Consistent communication
• Extra trainings and meeting opportunities
Everyday Leaders at Jefferson
Jefferson Community School Everyday Leaders
Guide on the side
The Community’s Role
: something that impedes
progress or achievement
How do you talk about leadership and service when they
aren’t paying attention?
How do you hold their interest?
How do you relate service back to leadership?
How do you integrate new members and deal with losing
The answer: keep it youth-centered and asset-based.
Group One: Philosophy
Learn more about Service-Learning, Everyday Leaders, and
about the fundamental principles upon which they are based.
Group Two: Development/Coordination
Learn about how to develop and support an after-school
service-learning program in your district.
Group Three: Facilitation
Learn more about the day-to-day tasks and challenges of
walking a group of youth through the service-learning
•Listen to the statement
•Move to the corner that best
describes your attitude or
reaction to the statement that will
•Discuss with those in your corner
why you chose that specific
•Report out to the rest of the
group about why chose that
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