Service-Learning March Digest

Welcome to March, friends. Which means, you guessed it….your monthly fix of service-learning news. We know, we know, you look forward to this every month. You’re welcome.

  • Staff at Eastern Michigan University will be trained to teach English as a foreign language. By receiving a $2.6 million grant, teachers will be able to help 90,000+ Michigan students. ESL classes will be offered to young people and adults free of charge using a service-learning academic-based pedagogy.

  • SUNY Oneonta launched Harvest Buddies, a service-learning partnership dedicated to get young people interested in growing their own food. After receiving a grant from SUNY’s Center of Social Responsibility and Community, 68 students installed vegetable grow boxes in local schools. “I think the model is a really good one in terms of bringing the college students to the elementary-age students,” said associate professor of sociology Greg Fulkerson. “Everybody benefits: the community, our students. It’s a win-win.”

  • The Southeastern Conference releases a list of leaders in community service for each of their 21 league sports. One athlete from each SEC school is profiled. Here are the highlighted athletes for Swimming and Diving:

  • The partnership between Florida State University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Academic Engagement Global Scholars Program and global nonprofit Omprakosh has been recognized at the Reimagine Education Awards as a leader in transformative education. The FSU Global Scholars program helps connect students with internships at nonprofits in developing countries and is one of the leading international service-learning experiences for undergraduate students.

  • The Conservation Corps of Minnesota and Iowa are looking for young adults 18-25 interested in summer service jobs centered around environmental stewardship.

  • Alternative Routes to Success (ARTS), a service-learning program in Stamford, Connecticut, is showing its participants that finding a purpose in life is important to finding success in their career. ARTS is made possible through a partnership between Stamford Public Schools and youth development nonprofit, Future 5.

  • In just a few short weeks at #SLC17, NYLC will honor youth and adult leaders who have made positive change in their communities and across the world through service-learning. “It is my honor to recognize these individuals for their contributions to the field of service-learning through their outstanding work in communities across the country,” said NYLC CEO Amy Meuers. “These individuals exemplify everything we aim to showcase at the National Service-Learning Conference.”