Service-Learning April Digest

April showers bring May flowers, but we’re bringing you another edition of updates in the service-learning field.

  • First things first, let us brag a little. Our fab CEO Amy Meuers was featured in not one but two articles advocating for service-learning and the Corporation for National and Community Service. Our equally fab founder Jim Kielsmeier also contributed to the piece protesting the possible eliminations of AmeriCorps, VISTA, and Senior Corps.

  • El Dorado Hills based organization, Hands4Hope- Youth Making a Difference, recently held their sixth annual benefit event, A Brunch’a Dreams. The event saw 180 guests and raised over $4,000. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Sweet Dreams Foundation—helping to fund the creation of a gymnastics-themed dream bedroom for 7-year-old Reese.

  • As part of Children’s Week, thousands of advocates for the needs of our youngest ones, flooded the Tallahassee State Capitol courtyard. “…We can tell the story, and we can show what’s working, what’s not working, and we can explain those things to policy makers..” said Children’s Week creator Jason Zaborske.

  • Sisters Nora and Paige Hoy, created the Dazzling Dance Shoe Gala to benefit their dance studio, Andrea’s School of Dance in Bellwood, Penn. The sisters beat their goal of raising $300 and plan to raise the same amount by June.

  • Our friends at QFI joined us in Anaheim for #SLC17 after being selected through QFI and NYLC’s joint service-learning exchange program, YALLAH Commit to Action. Potential projects were presented at a virtual showcase in Doha, Qatar, and the top projects were presented at SLC17.

  • This month, Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, “CNS,” invested $125,000 in local East Tennessee nonprofits. The donor-advised fun from CNS made decisions based on their four focus areas: education, senior citizens, veterans, and youth. Twenty-nine grants were awarded.

  • Dedicated to providing positive influences to young men across the nation, mentorship program, Men in the Making, is making its way to schools in northeast Oklahoma. Leading the effort is the Northeast Oklahoma Regional Alliance “NORA” Leadership Academy. “The Men in the Making clubs are weekly service-learning meetings where young men find a sense of belonging while learning the life skills and personal character traits of confident, capable men,” said NORA Leadership Academy employee Sara Stephens.

  • In Nebraska, juniors from various high schools teamed up with kindergarten-second-graders from West Lawn Elementary to make a connection through the written word. As part of Youth Leadership Tomorrow’s Community Services Day, the elementary students brought in their favorite books and read together with their high school partners.

  • With the mission to “develop leaders who can affect real change in our community,” Seattle-based, Brothers United in Leadership Development (BUILD), is devoted to empower men of color—particularly Black and Latino.

  • Remember 2016’s National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes? She believes in service-learning as a pillar of successful education. “What I learned very early on as a teacher is that the secret to education is not in the classroom, but it’s in society,” Hayes said.