Integrative Learning Center
College of Southern Maryland
LR Building, Room 205
Michelle Simpson, Director email@example.com
8730 Mitchell Rd
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910
Is a method whereby students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of communities
Is coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program and the community
Helps foster civic responsibility
Is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the education components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled
And provides structured time for students or participants to reflect on the service experience
What Does Service-Learning Look Like?
In colleges and schools, service-learning is part of the academic curriculum. In community organizations, youth develop practical skills, self-esteem, and a sense of civic responsibility. Examples of service-learning projects include: preserving native plants, designing neighborhood playgrounds, teaching younger children to read, testing the local water quality, creating wheelchair ramps, preparing food for the homeless, developing urban community gardens, starting school recycling programs, and much more.