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1 Heads Up, Hands Out 4-Healthy Hearts Louisiana 4-H Service-Learning Initiative 4-H Volunteer Leader Training

2 Session Outline Why? What is Service-Learning? How is it Different Than Community Service, Volunteering, Field Experience and Internships? What are the Components of the Service-Learning Cycle? What are the Benefits of Service- Learning?

3 Why Service-Learning? How do we involve more youth? How do we engage and retain youth? How do we get more parents and volunteers involved? How do we foster more community support? How do we expand the image of 4-H?

4 Louisianas Plan 4-HU Unveiling Statewide Trainings Parish Service-Learning Teams

5 –Organized service experiences; –Meet real community needs; –Integrated into the curriculum; –Provides reflection; –Enables youth to utilize newly acquired skills and knowledge; –Enhances what is taught; –Extends into the community; and –Fosters a sense of caring for others. Service Learning Is……

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8 Puzzled About Service-Learning Cycle Put together the pieces of your service-learning puzzle. Identify what part of the cycle your puzzle pieces describe. Describe ideas to support this part of the cycle. Share with the group.

9 Youth Voice the inclusion of young people as a meaningful part of the creation and implementation of service opportunities.

10 Community Ownership –Networks with a Community –Community Leadership

11 Needs Assessment Something that causes someone to take action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action or that which gives purpose and direction to behavior. Pre-Service Reflection

12 Planning Project Outcomes Training and Orientation Collaborators Risk Management Resources Action Plan Evaluation

13 Preparing Youth Issues Decision Making Skills Training Job Description Team Building Problem Solving Behavioral Expectations

14 Meaningful Service Experience Sustained or significant duration Connection between service and learning Curriculum connection Reflection Youth voice and ownership Strong partnerships with community Reflection During Service

15 Observation Allows you to uncover details Become aware of peoples reactions, emotions and motivations Provide perspective on the people, issue and community

16 Problem Solving Promotes complex critical thinking Provides an avenue to understand the complexity of the problem Generate solutions Evaluate solutions Make decisions

17 Evaluation Program Impact –Recipients –Student –Community Program Improvement Post-Service Reflection

18 Reflection Structured Activities that Focus on…… –the project and the process. –clarify their learning. Emphasizing critical thinking skills.

19 Benefits of Service-Learning Match the Benefit to the Category –Youth –Community –School or Organization Discuss and Share Your Answers

20 Service-Learning Youth Benefits Personal Development –Responsibility –More Socially Competent –Caring –Self-Esteem –Reduced Behavior Problems

21 Service-Learning Youth Benefits Civic Responsibility –Greater Ethic for Service –Increased Understanding of Government –More Likely to Think About Policies –Understood Social Change

22 Service-Learning Youth Benefits Academic –Improved Problem Solving Skills –Higher Attendance Rates –Higher State Basic Test Scores –Increased Language and Reading Achievement Test Scores –Higher Grades –Sense of Educational Accomplishment

23 Service-Learning Community Benefits Meet Direct Community Needs Provide Additional Resources Empowerment Active Citizenship Improving Community Assets Understanding and Appreciation of Diversity

24 Service-Learning Organizational Benefits Paradigm Shift with New Roles Motivated Learners Engagement in Significant Work Cooperative Learning Environment Reflective Practitioners Collaborative Decision-making Positive, Caring Organizational Climate Community Involvement Resources –(Service-Learning Guide)

25 One of the deepest secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others. Lewis Carroll

26 References Conrad, D., and Hedin, D. (1989). High School Community Service: A Review of Research and Programs. Washington, DC: National Center on Effective Secondary Schools. Civic and Political Health of the National: A Generational Portrait Indiana Department of Education Study on Youth Voice ( ). Lopez, M. H. (June 2003, Updated February 204). Volunteering Among Young People. College Park, MD: The Center for Information and Reseaerch on Cific Learning and Engagement. teering2.pdf teering2.pdf

27 References Lopez, M. H. (October 2002). Youth Attitudes towards citic engagement and community service requirements. College Park, MD: The Center for Information and Reseaerch on Cific Learning and Engagement. _Attitudes_Civic_Education.pdf _Attitudes_Civic_Education.pdf Monitoring the Future (2002). Michigan State University Institute for Social Research Survey Research Center. Pocket Guide to Service Learning, National Dropout Prevention Center, Clemson University. Scales, P., Blyth, D., Berkas, T & Kielsmeier, J. (2000, August). The effects of service learning on middle school students' social responsibility and academic success. Journal of Early Adolescence, 20 (3), pp

28 References Scales, P. C., Blyth, D. A., Berkas, T. H., & Kielsmeier, J. C. (2000). The effects of service- learning on middle school students' social responsibility and academic success. Journal of Early Adolescence, 20, "Service-Learning: An Essential Component of Citizenship Education," (2000). Social Education 65 (4), pp , NCSS Position Statement. The National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993

29 References Service Learning-Making a World of Difference for Students, Georgia Department of Education, February, 1997 Service Learning 101, The Power of Assets. The Search Institute. institute.org/research/assets/assetpower.html institute.org/research/assets/assetpower.html Service Learning: An Essential Component of Citizenship Education, (Social Education 65 (4), pp , NCSS Position Statement 2000). World Wise School Educators,


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