Service-Learning, Experiential Education, Volunteers in Schools, and more

American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) Service Learning Project
The AAHE Service Learning Project consists of a two-part initiative dedicated to the integration of service-learning across the disciplines. The project is anchored by a multi-volume series of books designed to provide resources to faculty wishing to explore community-based learning in and through the individual academic disciplines. 

American Association of Community Colleges Service Learning Clearinghouse
Information on service-learning provided by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).   In the American system of higher education, community colleges are local two-year colleges for those already holding a high school diploma .The site provides links to general information on service learning, upcoming workshops, links to organizations related to service learning and higher education, and a link to AACC’s Service Learning Project.

Break Away: the Alternative Break Connection
Break Away promotes service on the local, regional, national and international level through programs which immerse students in different cultures, heighten social awareness and advocate life-long social action.  An alternative break program places teams of college or high school students in communities to engage in community service and experiential learning during their summer, fall, winter or spring breaks. 

Campus Compact
Campus Compact is a coalition of close to 850 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. 

Campus Outreach Opportunity League (COOL)
The mission of COOL (Campus Outreach Opportunity League) is to educate, connect and mobilize college students and their campuses to strengthen communities through service and action. Since 1984 the national non-profit organization has spurred the development of campus infrastructure, resources and support for effective student engagement and campus-community partnerships. 

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH)
Community-Campus Partnerships for Health (CCPH) is a nonprofit organization that promotes health through partnerships between communities and higher educational institutions. CCPH has members throughout the United States and abroad who are collaborating to promote health through service-learning, community-based research, community service and other partnership strategies.

Educators for Community Engagement
Educators for Community Engagement (formerly Invisible College) is a national organization dedicated to service-learning.  It is made up of  faculty and staff, community partners, and students working toward a common goal ¾ increasing the practice of service-learning across the United States. It holds a National Gathering every year. National Gatherings differ from the usual academic conference in that instead of day after countless day of 15 minute presentations by 'experts', participants join in a learning circle of their choice and remain there for the duration of the gathering (usually two days).

International Partnership for Service-Learning
The International Partnership for Service-Learning is an incorporated not-for-profit organization serving colleges, universities, service agencies and related organizations around the world by fostering programs that link community service and academic study. IPS-L also organizes conferences on the development of service-learning, promotes the principles and practice of service-learning by encouraging partnership relationships, and publishes materials related to service-learning. 

LINK allows community-based organizations to post research and enables researchers to find meaningful research topics.  Organizations benefit from student work and university-based resources, while researchers apply academic learning to real-world topics and projects. Meanwhile, campuses and communities build productive relationships with each other. 

National Dropout Prevention Center
The  National Dropout Prevention Center serves as a research center and resource network for practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to reshape school and community environments to meet the needs of youth in at-risk situations so these students receive the quality education and services necessary to succeed academically and graduate from secondary school.  Their section on Effective Strategies provides important information on 15 strategies (including Service-Learning and Community Collaboration) that have the most positive impact on the dropout rate at all education levels and environments throughout the US.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
The Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based initiatives and tribal programs, as well as all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning techniques and methodologies. The Clearinghouse stands ready to assist with materials, references, referrals, and information.

National Youth Leadership Council
The National Youth Leadership Council's mission is to build vital, just communities with young people through service-learning, a way of teaching and learning that builds academic and citizenship skills while renewing communities..  As one of America's most prominent advocates of service-learning and national service, NYLC is at the forefront of efforts to reform education and guide youth-oriented public policy.  NYLC organizes the annual National Service-Learning Conference.

National Society for Experiential Education
The National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE) is a membership association committed to all forms of experiential learning — whether they happen in the classroom, workplace, or community. NSEE is a strong advocate of partnerships that contribute to more dynamic classrooms, a stronger workforce, and thriving communities. NSEE works with educators, businesses, and community leaders in the shared belief that students' full learning potential can most effectively be tapped through experience-based education programs.

Partners in Education: Volunteers in Schools$4
Partners in Education is a model program in Lincoln, Nebraska, involving the community in public education. A Partners in Education relationship is a collaborative effort between a school or school district and community organizations or individuals with the purpose of improving the academic and personal growth of America's youth. Volunteers in Schools is a Ventures in Partnership program where individuals may volunteer at any level in the public schools. A VIS facilitator in each school serves as the manager of volunteers, matching the needs of the school with the talents, skills and interests of the volunteer.

ProLiteracy Worldwide sponsors educational programs and services to empower adults and their families by assisting them to acquire the literacy practices and skills they need to function more effectively in their daily lives and participate in the transformation of their societies.  ProLiteracy is represented in 45 developing countries as well as in the U.S. and serves more than 350,000 adult new learners around the world each year.  

Random Acts of KindnessTM Foundation
This website is a great source of information about how to establish a kind and caring environment in schools. It includes a wide variety of materials for free download, including activities, lesson plans, and project ideas for the elementary, secondary, and college levels, project plans, a teacher's guide, a project planning guide, a publicity guide, and other kindness-promoting materials.

Service-Learning (Colorado)
The purpose of this site, based at at the University of Colorado, Boulder, is to serve as a virtual guide to, and library of, service-learning. Its primary focus is service-learning in higher education.  You can sign up for the Service Learning discussion group here.  In addition, the site includes the Guide to College and University Service-Learning Programs, Courses and Syllabi; the Service-Learning Discussion Group archives;  the Guide to Service-Learning Organizations, Networks, Venues and Resources; and the online library of Service-Learning Syllabi (by discipline). Includes:

      Robin's Guide To: College and University Service-Learning Programs
      Provides links to on-line course listings and syllabi.

      Service-Learning Syllabi By Discipline

Service-Learning Internet Community (SLIC)
The Service-Learning Internet Community (SLIC) is a user-friendly, interactive tool on the web for sharing information among service-learning practitioners. California State University developed this site to promote and facilitate the exchange of resources, questions, answers, and ideas among faculty, administrators, community partners, and students. You may sign up as a member of this on-line community (not limited to members of the California State University system).

Virtual Volunteering Project
This site provides the most comprehensive list available of online mentoring and tutoring programs involving volunteers.   This list is a good way to see the many different models for online mentoring -- some concentrate on elementary school students, while others focus on teens; some are centered around career-development activities, while others are based in classroom work; some are part of specific partnerships with corporations, while others involve online volunteers from all over the U.S. (and beyond!). 

Youth Service California: Service-Learning Support
Youth Service California’s (YSCal) mission is to make service a part of every young person’s life in California. It is committed to fostering the growth and effectiveness of youth service and service learning programs in California and provides information and other resources to policymakers, community-based organizations, press and educators. 

101 Ideas For Combining Service & Learning
This web site contains a list of ideas for combining service and learning within various disciplines (academic disciplines listed in alphabetical order).


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