1Service Learning ProgramOutline for Juvenile Justice CommitteeSeptember 21, 2012
2Overlook of proposed program:Mission Statement:…To instill a sense of civic responsibility by connecting our youth to a meaningful and positivelearning experience by engaging in the wellbeing of their community.Purpose:The purpose of the Service Learning Program isto provide youth in our community an avenue in which they can engage with their peersas well as positive adults, for the betterment of their communityAt the same time by having a central program and dedicated staff we will be able tocoordinate with the many youth serving organizations and agencies to pull resourcesand experiences to achieve the meaningful experience youth are looking for.What is Service learning?The essence of service learning rest on a philosophy of service and learning that occursin experiences, reflection, and civil engagement within a collaborative relationshipinvolving community partners.It is also noteworthy that effective service-learning practices are closely aligned with effectiveyouth development practices. A major report from the National Research Council and Instituteof Medicine (2002) identified eight factors in community programs that facilitate positive youthdevelopment:Physical and psychological safety;Appropriate structure;Supportive relationships;Opportunities to belong;Positive social norms;Support for efficacy and mentoring;Opportunities for skill building; andIntegration of family, school, and community efforts.
3Key Components of Effective Service-LearningAcademic and social connectionsAuthentic community needsStudent voiceReflectionCommunity partnershipsPositive connections to community and its peopleAssessmentDifference between Community Service and Service LearningCommunity service exampleIf students remove trash from a streambed:o they are providing a service to the community as volunteersService-Learning ExampleWhen students remove trash from a streambed,o Learn about the environmental impact trash has on the environment from awildlife biologist.o Analyze what they found,o Share the results and offer suggestions for the neighborhood to reduce pollutiono Make a presentation about the project to present to local/ state officials or at anenvironmental workshop.o Then reflect on their experienceo After project is completed offer a canoe trip down the river for the youth to seethe impact they made.o THAT is service-learning!Benefits of Service-Learning• Personal and interpersonal development: tolerance, stereotyping, appreciation of othercultures, self-knowledge, spiritual growth (need to give back), finding reward in helping others,personal efficacy, leadership skills, communication skills, feeling connected to the community(campus and local),and valuing a career in helping others.
4• Understanding and applying knowledge: students report that they learn more and aremotivated to work harder in service-learning classes. They also report having a deeperunderstanding of the subject matter and complexity of social issues, and application of subjectmatter and experience through reflection is associated with more learning.• Critical thinking: increases reported in well-integrated service-learning classes; affectedability to identify social issues and openness to new ideas.• Perspective transformation: reframing of understanding of social issues and social changes-new way of seeing the world; moved students to a more systemic view of social problems(charity to justice).• Citizenship: all of outcomes identified become means to develop citizenship. Well-integratedservice-learning contributes to attainment of values, knowledge, skills, efficacy andcommitment for citizenship.Adapted from Eyler J. & Giles, G.E. Jr. (1999). Where’s the learning in service-learning?Example of how the ideal program might be structured.I. Program StructureThe Service Learning Program will be operated under the Schoharie County YouthBureau as the lead agency.Partnerships with Juvenile Justice Committee, schools, Sheriff’s Department, Probation,Social Services, Youth Serving Agencies (non Profit), Office of Children and FamilyService, Department of Justice, Churches.Program will be open to all youth in the county. But will also serve as a place for youththat are required to fulfill service hours.Our goal is to have an integrated program that allows at risk youth to participate side byside with positive peer role models.II. StaffingProgram Director:o This person will oversee the program; work with other agencies andorganizations to promote the program, seek out funding sources, compile dataProgram Coordinator:o A person dedicated to the day to day operation of the program. This will be apart time position, 20 hrs per week.o Will be the lead person at all projects.o Design and implement project.1. Work with community to find appropriate projects2. Coordinate staff for project day3. Develop curriculum for the project
54. Schedule speakers/ educators for the project5. Have all necessary equipment for the project6. Recruit volunteers to assist with varies aspects of the project7. Recruitment of youth into the program8. Conduct monthly meetings with Youth in the program (Youth Voice)9. Coordinate with outside service projects in the county10. Seek donations for projects11. Keep track of service hours for all participants. (current project hours andongoing service hours)Program Staffo Will work the days of the events.o Could be part time staff that are:1. hired specifically for the program or,2. Invested partners in the community that are able to dedicated x amountof hours a month from their normal work hours. (actual agreement withagency/ department)o Will work directly with the youth in the program.o They will not be leaders, but rather a team member.o There will be a set of criteria design specifically for this positionVolunteer Educators/ Speakerso A critical component of the Service Learning Program is incorporating learningwith the service.o Having volunteer educators and speakers at each event is required.o They must have a direct connection to the project being done or to the peoplethat the project is impacting.o Educators and speakers will be invited to the events and will not be paid for theirtime.Volunteers (Adults)o Will play a key role in the logistics of the project1. Support for the behind the scenes of the day of the project.2. Preparing lunch, setting up, cleaning up3. May only be affiliated with a particular projecto Will also have a role in working directly with the youth in the project1. This will be particularly important if they are connected with the benefitsof the project.2. Youth will have an opportunity to make an important connection withthe project and the people it will have an impact on3. Should only be volunteers that are connected with the project or4. Are positive role models for our youth
6III. Program OverviewProgram will be offered 3 times a year, fall, spring, and summer.The number of participants can vary, but a minimum of 12 will be needed toensure good group dynamics.The program will be offered to middle school and high school aged youth.It will be open to all youth, but will work to have a balance of referrals and youthdeemed to be at risk of becoming a referral.This will not be a dumping ground for anyone who needs to get their youth theywork with service hours.Youth will need to fill out an application and be accepted into the program.o As program develops the youth in the program will play an active role inthis process.How Program Will Be StructuredI. The Service Learning Program will have 2 components to it.1. The main focus will be on the 3 programs that are set up and ran by the YouthBureau; 1 in the fall, 1 in the spring, and 1 in the summer.2. Become a central location where other organizations can utilize to promotetheir service projects and where we can connect our youth in the program toadditional service opportunities.I. Fall ProgramWill run from September into DecemberThere will be 1 project a month in September, October, and November There will be a total of 3 projects Projects will be 8 hours in total Youth will be able to earn up to 24 hours of service This includes the actual work but also time spent with educators or guestspeakers, and also the debriefing of the project at the end.There will also be one meeting a month, prior to that month’s project. Total of 4 meetings Meeting will be 2 hours in length. Youth will earn service hours for all meetings Youth will be able to earn up to 8 hours of service. For youth to meet and learn about the project coming up. There may bea guest speaker/ educator to discuss the project. Youth will also discuss future projects, work on leadership skills, and dosome team building activities.
7In December there will be a Program Finale/ Slide Show For everyone involved in the project. Youth, family member, staff,volunteers, educators/speakers, and key members of the community. Youth in the program will plan and help set up the event as part of theirservice hours. Youth will earn 4 hours of service for this event Service Hour Awards will be given out.Service Hours for program Meetings: 8 Projects: 24 Program Finale: _4_ Total Max: 36 Addition Hrs can be accumulated through participating in service projectsthat youth attends through the second component of the program.II. Spring ProgramWill run from March to June.There will be 1 project a month in March, April, May There will be a total of 3 projects Projects will be 8 hours in total Youth will be able to earn up to 24 hours of service This includes the actual work but also time spent with educators or guestspeakers, and also the debriefing of the project at the end.There will also be one meeting a month, prior to that month’s project. Total of 4 meetings Meeting will be 2 hours in length. Youth will earn service hours for all meetings Youth will be able to earn up to 8 hours of service. For youth to meet and learn about the project coming up. There may bea guest speaker/ educator to discuss the project. Youth will also discuss future projects, work on leadership skills, and dosome team building activities.In June there will be a Program Finale/ Slide Show For everyone involved in the project. Youth, family member, staff,volunteers, educators/speakers, and key members of the community. Youth in the program will plan and help set up the event as part of theirservice hours. Youth will earn 4 hours of service for this event Service Hour Awards will be given out.
8Service Hours for program Meetings: 8 Projects: 24 Program Finale: _4_ Total Max: 36 Addition Hrs can be accumulated through participating in service projectsthat youth attends through the second component of the program.III. Summer ProgramThe summer program will consist of two 1 week Service Projects.Youth will sign up for the entire week.They may work on one project for the entire week or on several smaller onesthroughout the week.There will be leadership skills as well as team building activities incorporated intothe week.The program will follow the same requirements as the Fall and Spring programs.Youth will be able to earn up to 40 hours of service hours for the week.Group size will be capped at 12 youth.The week will not be all work; a recreational component will also beincorporated into the week.IV. The second component of the program will be a central location where otherorganizations can utilize to promote their service projects where we can connect ouryouth in the program to additional service opportunities.The Youth Bureau will act as a place for outside organizations to contact aboutservice projects they are holding.We will promote their event and try to match up youth out of our data baseWe can create a data base of youth that are interested in Service LearningProjects. Youth fill out a survey form. We can then use their information to match them up with projects intheir area or their interest. They do not need to participate in one of the Youth Bureau’s 3 ServiceLearning Programs listed above to be in the data base.V. Partners in the ProgramAll youth serving agencies that either interested in the program or plan to utilizethe program for the youth they serve.Role of partners Get their youth involved in the program Be an active participant
9Commit staff to be a program staff memberBe part of the Service Learning BoardVolunteer at day of the projectFinancialo Is there money for preventive services that can becommitted to the programIn Kind Serviceo Vehicleso Equipmento Give awaysPromote the program and the event.Partner for grants/ funding opportunitiesVI. BudgetBeing worked onVII. ObstaclesFundingBuy inTransportationCommitment by youthUnderstanding what the program is and about what Service Learning isCommitment by partners in the projectVIII. Goals and ObjectiveBeing developed