Service Learning on the Web
There are hundreds of resources available online. These include guidelines for Service-Learning classes, examples, sample syllabi, and other ideas. The following list describes some useful web sites.
The national organization/clearinghouse for the support of Service-Learning is Campus Compact. Each institution that joins Campus Compact becomes a member through the office of the president for that institution. Leeward Community College has been a member of Campus Compact for a number of years.
Campus Compact came into existence in 1985 when the presidents of Brown, Georgetown and Stanford universities, along with the president of the Education Commission of the States, joined together to form Campus Compact, a coalition of college and university presidents whose primary purpose is to help students develop the values and skills of citizenship through participation in public and community service.
The Campus Compact site can lead you to a number of valuable resources including information on Service-Learning and faculty; campus-community partnerships; publications; grants and fellowships; and a number of other web pages to support the development of Service-Learning courses. The following are provided as examples of the type of information that may be obtained from Campus Compact:
- Building the Service-Learning Pyramid is available at http://www.compact.org/faculty/specialreport.html. The initiative is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and provides not only a written examination of the Service-Learning Pyramid but also presents it in a graphic format.
- If you are interested in why the reflection process is a vital element of Service-Learning then go to: http://www.compact.org/disciplines.reflections/index.html
Contact information for Campus Compact: Campus Compact, Brown University, Box 1975, Providence, RI 02912; (401) 867-3950, E-mail email@example.com
National Center for Community Colleges
Campus Compact sponsors the National Center for Community Colleges (CCNCCC) with assistance from the Maricopa County Community College District of Phoenix, Arizona. Campus Compact awarded the Maricopa County Community College District a sub-grant from ACTION, the federal volunteer agency, to establish a national technical assistance center. This site provides a number of interesting and vital links. A list of resources and syllabi are provided. Information is available about upcoming Service-Learning conferences and model Service-Learning projects.
Inaddition, the CCNCCC site provides a valuable link to Service-Learning at the following URL: http://www.mc.maricopa.edu/organizations/community/compact/links2.html
This web page provides hot links to organizational web sites such as Higher Education Service-Learning and American Association of Community Colleges Service-Learning. The site also contains hot links to the current Campus Compact State Network. Here you can hot link to the Utah Campus Compact along with twenty-two other state offices.
Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS) has been in existence since the Fall of 1993. The goals of CNS is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to help strengthen communities through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps and Learn & Service America. At their web site the most relevant information is found by clicking on a hot link titled Service-Learning. The Service-Learning examples are geared more toward the K-12 program known as Learn & Serve America.
Learn & Serve
(http://www.learnandserve.org) This site has a higher education component and therefore is a good site to gather information about Service-Learning. At this site, information is available through a number of hot links to other web pages dealing with what Service-Learning can do for an individual, a school, and the community as a whole.
Attached to the Learn and Serve site are two hot links which should be of interest
to higher education:
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse: http://www.servicelearning.org/
National Service-Learning Exchange: http://www.nslexchange.org/
The Big Dummy’s Guide to Service-Learning
This site provides information about Service-Learning as it relates to faculty and programmatic issues. This is a good site for those who have questions about why they should become involved with Service-Learning or wonder how to create an effective Service-Learning course. It provides answers to questions like: What is Service-Learning? What kind of incentives should there be for faculty to incorporate Service-Learning? How do you plan for and set up Service-Learning in a course? What should students write in their journals? Should Service-Learning be optional or required? How do you involve and keep more students involved in community service activities and projects? What courses make good matches with Service-Learning?
Center for Community Service-Learning
This is the official site for the Center for Community Service-Learning at California State University, Northridge. It is a good example of what is being done by higher education institutions to provide both faculty and students with information about Service-Learning courses and efforts on a college campus. The web site provides a number of examples of the type of courses and activities that are part of the Community Service-Learning efforts at California State University.
Service-Learning Online Resources
This site provides a number of hot links to online resources dealing with Service-Learning in higher education. Here you will find hot links to sites that provide valuable information about how Service-Learning courses and activities are being incorporated into the curriculum. These include state support like the Texas Service-Learning Initiatives and Resources; the efforts of college like the University of Colorado at Boulder; national Service-Learning support centers like Learn & Serve America; and foundation efforts like The Close Up Foundation’s Service-Learning Programs.
ERIC Document on Service-Learning
Service-Learning Programs on Community College Campuses by Mary Prentice, ERIC Document Number EDO-JC-00-10 October 2000. This site provides an article that presents a definition of Service-Learning and some best practices within Service-Learning on community college campuses. Also included are some examples of Service-Learning programs at community colleges.
Adapted from From: Almonte Paul, Dorell, Haffalin et.al. Service Learning at Salt Lake Community
College, A Faculty Handbook
A Student Service Learning Program
What would a model service learning program consist of? This amazing site gives the entire set of blueprints for the Student Service Learning program of the Montgomery County (Maryland) Public Schools. An indispensable resource!
If you want your kids to be passive and docile, don't let them near this website. It'll fill their little heads with ideas about making the world a better place, and empower them to do something about it. Whatever you do, don't click on the "Action Guide."
Kids Care Clubs
Dedicated to developing compassion and the spirit of charity in children. This organization provides children, families, schools, and religious groups with meaningful opportunities to help others in their local and global communities. You can set up an affiliated club in your elementary school.
National Student Campaign Against Hunger And Homelessness
NSCAHH works with a coalition of students and community members to end hunger and homelessness through education, service and action. It's the largest student network fighting hunger and homelessness in the country.
Provides information on educational games, classroom activities, event ideas, videos and links to online resources about hunger and grassroots development around the world.
Free The Children
Want to wipe out child slavery? Want to help poor children in third world countries go to school instead of laboring every day in dangerous, inhumane jobs? Then join this international network of children helping children, founded by (then) twelve year old Craig Kielburger. You'll be amazed at what you can do.
America’s Second Harvest (formerly, Second Harvest)
Help end hunger. This is the largest hunger relief organization in the U.S. Their main activity is feeding hungry people by collecting and distributing food, and they could use your help. Come to this website to get involved, or even just to learn about hunger in America.
Habitat for Humanity
Wanna build a house? Habitat for Humanity uses volunteer labor and donations of money and materials to build and rehabilitate simple, decent houses for low income families. Thousands of students and young people worldwide are spending school breaks or weekends on Habitat construction sites. Here's how you can join them.
A fabulous website with lots of great information about volunteer work. Includes a powerful online database allowing individuals to find volunteer opportunities by zip code, category, and date.
This site is a good place to start for web surfers looking for an opportunity to volunteer. It lets users search a database of service roles to find one that's right. Click on "resources" for some great volunteer advice for people under 18.
Network for Good
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to using the Web to help people get more involved in their communities - from volunteering and donating money, to speaking out on issues you care about.
Maryland Student Service Alliance
Lots of information, ideas, and examples for teachers, administrators, and students.
Augsburg College (Minneapolis) Service Learning Teacher's Guide
A very helpful service learning guide designed for pre-service teachers.
Service-Learning Project Profiles (Wisconsin Dept. of Ed.)
A collection of project examples.
School for Ethical Education
Offers assistance, curriculum material, resources, and professional development for educators interested in service-learning. Also, they run a free program throughout Connecticut which teaches kids how to plan and implement a service project, and provides site visits, technical assistance, and follow-up throughout the year.
Learning In Deed
Learning in Deed aims to make service learning a part of every K-12 student's experience.
Learning To Give (k-12)
Teaching the importance of voluntary action for the common good in a democratic society. Lesson plans, lesson plans, and much much more.