What is Service Learning?

Service learning is more than just an educational philosophy.  It’s a creative approach to helping students connect content with community.  The National Youth Leadership Council provides the following example of service learning in action:

Picking up trash on a river bank is service.  Studying water samples under a microscope is learning.  When science students collect and analyze water samples, document their results, and present findings to a local pollution control agency – that is service-learning.

One of the best things about service learning is that it shows students that investing time and energy into solving social issues can produce amazing results.  No one is too small to make a difference.  From promoting the adoption of shelter animals to launching a “Buy Local” initiative, Arbor V students are active problem-solvers as they apply classroom knowledge to real-world issues.

For more great resources on service learning, visit the links below:

National Service Learning Clearinghouse

Youth Service America

Points of Light

Youth Volunteer Corps