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1 Service Learning 2012 Conner Thigpen

2 Definition of Service Learning Service-learning is a credit-bearing, educational experience in which students: 1) participate in an organized service activity that meets identified on- and off-campus community needs and 2) reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility definition.htm definition.htm

3 Benefits of Service learning for Students Young people gain access to the range of supports and opportunities (or developmental assets) they need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. One study of youth civic activism found that these settings had particular strength in cultivating youth and community involvement (Lewis-Charp et al., 2003). Increased sense of self-efficacy as young people learn that they can impact real social challenges, problems, and needs. Higher academic achievement and interest in furthering their education.

4 Benefits for students cont’d Enhanced problem-solving skills, ability to work in teams, and planning abilities. Enhanced civic engagement attitudes, skills and behaviors. Many leaders in public service today speak about how they were nurtured, inspired, and shaped in early experiences in community service or volunteering. _sheets/cb_facts/benefits-community-based- service-learning _sheets/cb_facts/benefits-community-based- service-learning

5 Benefits of Service Learning for the Community School as Resource: Provides substantial human resources to local community partner and/or community-defined needs. ␣ Creativity: Allows the energy and enthusiasm of college students to contribute to community partner programming. ␣ Capacity Building: Creates potential for additional partnerships and collaboration with the campus and campus resources.

6 Benefits for the community cont’d College Readiness: Share first hand college experience with community partners and their clients Directly contribute to the organizational development of community partners and the direct communities that they serve through the building of social capital ent/pdf/csl_benefit_sheet0808.pdf ent/pdf/csl_benefit_sheet0808.pdf

7 What did I do for Service Learning? For my service learning project I worked a benefit golf tournament. At the tournament I helped move auction items, tables, chairs, and assisted with the beverage cart. The project was a very interesting yet fun Service Learning project.

8 What did I Gain from my Experience? The golf tournament helped me meet new people in the community. Not people my age, but people that are older and know the ropes of Valdosta. The project also enlightened me on how much is really put into a big event such as the golf tournament.

9 The Valdosta Country Club

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