Community Engagement

Why Service Learning is Important

A national study of Learn and Serve America programs suggests that effective service learning programs improve grades, increase attendance in school, and develop students' personal and social responsibility.

A growing body of research recognizes service learning as an effective strategy to help students by:

  1. Promoting learning through active participation in service experiences;
  2. Providing structured time for students to reflect by thinking, discussing and writing about their service experience;
  3. Providing an opportunity for students to use skills and knowledge in real-life situations;
  4. Extending learning beyond the classroom and into the community; and
  5. Fostering a sense of caring for others.

Service Learning also strengthens both education and local communities by:

  1. Building effective collaborative partnerships between schools or colleges and other institutions and organizations.
  2. Engaging parents and other adults in supporting student learning.
  3. Meeting community needs through the service projects conducted.
  4. Providing engaging and productive opportunities for young people to work with others in their community.

*The above information was provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service, Learn & Serve America