The only way to get positive feelings about yourself is to take positive actions.
- Reverend Vaughan Quinn
Orientation is mandatory for all students seeking a service-learning opportunity in their classes. Students can do the online orientation or participate in an in-person orientation. Some courses have in-class orientations.
Choosing a community partner
Use the Community Partner Directory to find a site that best suits your course and individual needs. Consider:
Reflection is an essential element of service-learning. It's the requirement that captures the essence of your experience in words. While the reflection assignment is not submitted until the end of the semester, you begin reflection even prior to the start of your service-learning.
If your course does not provide reflection activities, get a service-learning journal at the start of the semester and participate in a midterm reflection workshop.
Here's the reflection prompt. Your reflection should be at least 1,000 words.
A. Statement of the Problem: Identify the societal or ecological problem you have helped to address through your service. Describe how you have helped.
B. Learning: Discuss at least 3 concepts/theories from your coursework that have helped you do your service. Describe experiences during your service that have helped you understand those concepts/theories.
C. Change: Describe how your experiences have changed your view about the community or environment in which you served. Have your experiences changed your personal senes of civic responsibility? Please explain.
D. Future Goals: Discuss personal, academic or career goals that you have achieved through your service. Describe how your experiences have shaped your personal, academic or career goals. Describe your plan for future community engagement.
Continued Community Support
Take your experience beyond the semester and commit to year-long or life-long service. There are many courses you may be interested in taking that offer service-learning, therefore allowing you to continue to receive course credit for your service. Sustained service can lead to job opportunities, scholarships, and a richer experience where you will have a greater chance to see how you impact the community.