Service Learning is a method of teaching that enriches learning by engaging students in meaningful service to their schools and their communities. Through careful integration with established curricula, lessons gained from hands-on service heighten interest and enhance academic achievement, citizenship, and character development. Service learning is a proven key to educational reform that also makes significant contributions to community development.
As a philosophy, service learning embraces young people as a community resource and asset. It views all people in a democratic society as citizens with the capacity to contribute – no matter their age.
As a community development model, service learning takes on real issues such as pollution control, hunger and homelessness, and diversity. Communities change for the better when service and learning are joined.
As a teaching and learning method, service learning is a form of active learning that values critical thinking and problem solving. Research shows that when service learning is effectively implemented students gain in measures of academic achievement, citizenship, and character