Service-Learning February Digest

We’re back with another batch of service-learning news. Let’s make the shortest month of the year the best!

  • Trish O’Kane, a University of Vermont professor, is the creator of “Birding to Change the World,” a service-learning and environmental justice course that brings together college students and young people. The course’s aim is to reverse what has been nicknamed, “nature-deficit disorder,” by encouraging young people to spend more time in nature. As for the college students, they get the opportunity to lead and learn from their mentee.

  • On January 20, over one-hundred local youth gathered for Estes Park Youth Day of Action and Service Learning. The goal of the day?…”to promote strong community ties and involvement among youth, striving to foster a lifelong engagement in civic and philanthropic service.”

  • Colorado State University is offering a service-learning program to be held this summer 2017. Students will be traveling to Mexico and spending two weeks at the CSU Todos Santos Center. “Our goal is to approach this project in a very culturally respectful way, engaging the families, school, and community agency representative to support he program, where local youth leaders can help support their peers and connect them with available resources,” said Anne Van Arsdall, M.S.Ed. and course leader.

  • SerivceWorks came to be through a partnership between The Citi Foundation, The Corporation for National and Community Service, and Points of Light. One of the hallmarks is Bootcamp, a skill-building program that uses service-learning to engage young people on topics such as college preparedness and future career planning. Aaron Jenkins, an employee of the U.S. Department of Commerce, attended a past session in Los Angeles and shares his thoughts of the experience:

  • In this latest winter edition of The Generator, we look at how service-learning supports civic responsibility for our young people.