Service-Learning June Digest

June is here, friends and neighbors. Summer’s is upon us—let’s all whip out our jorts and visors. Celebrate the warm weather with a healthy serving of service-learning news:

  • First, some news from us. Our Youth Engagement and Events Manager, Jason Stewart, was named one of Connect Association’s 40 Under 40, Artists of Assembly. We already knew he was the best of the best, but this is cool too.

  • Second, we’ve partnered with our pals at Qatar Foundation International (QFI), LLC, to translate some of our service-learning resources into Arabic. With this translation, the more than 420 million Arabic speakers worldwide will now have access to service-learning resources developed by NYLC.

  • Fourth graders in Wilson, North Carolina, have partnered with The Maggie Society of Wilson to find homes for abandoned pups—all part of the Waggin’ at Wells Program, a service-learning project that aims to give back to the Wilson community. Teacher Jennifer Smith said, “…the project got the children motivated, involved and educated on different aspects of dog rescue, and the project also helped them understand the possibility that some children in their school might need help.”,84772

  • Fourth graders were on a roll in May. Initiated by student Connor Hall, the fourth-grade class at Beulah Ralph Elementary in Columbia, Missouri, completed a year-long project supporting First Steps, an organization that helps children with developmental disabilities. The class chose First Steps after Hall revealed to them that his little brother, Vinny, has Down Syndrome.

  • The Mikva Challenge 15th Annual Action Civics Showcase took place on May 23 at the Chicago Cultural Center. Over 60 schools were scheduled to participate. Youth participants met local political and community leaders and awards were given for achievement in civic action, research, and community building.

  • Attention Hawkeye State, the 2017 Iowa 4-H Youth Conference, “Start Your Future Here,” is scheduled to take place June 27-29. 1,000 Iowa teens are expected to attend on ISU’s campus. It will be three days of keynote speakers, workshops, and community service-learning.