Service-Learning July Digest

Well, whaddya know, it’s a new month and time for another healthy dose of buzzworthy news.

Firstly, we have updates from our Districts in Action schools in Henry County, Ga., and Ferndale, Wash.

  • Windward High School recently presented in Seattle for Point of Light Foundation’s annual conference on Volunteering and Service. Oh, and they walked away with two $500 grants. Pretty sweet, right?]/

  • Down in Henry County, our five schools had a busy year of service projects—ranging from agriculture to sensory therapy.

Districts in Action supports and enhances district-determined strategic priorities, creating whole district transformation to ensure the sustainability of service-learning — an instructional practice that achieves measurable academic and civic outcomes through the development of cognitive critical thinking skills necessary for college, career, and civic life.  Become a DiA school!

  • The Youth As Resources (YAR) program in Kansas, was created with the idea that youth “are a valuable community resource—one that can be directly utilized.” Through YAR, teams of high school students design and implement service-learning projects that contribute to community improvement. They also address issues such as underage drinking and substance abuse in their own schools. YAR’s success was recently highlighted by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.

  • A partnership between Rustic Pathways and Thrival Academies will create more international education opportunities to low-income students. “The students will gain critical non-cognitive skillsets including empathy, grit, confidence, creative thinking, problem solving, and self-awareness.” Students study abroad for three months in Thailand and Laos, while engaging in a culturally immersive curriculum.

  • Young people in Spearfish, S.D. and surrounding areas have two opportunities this summer to learn about nature conversation through volunteering. “I saw Hatchery Helpers as a prime opportunity to reach out to our future generation and teach them about the importance of being stewards of our resources and why volunteering for local community is valuable,” said Youth Volunteer Program Coordinator Ashley Fulton.

  • The teens attending summer camp at Racine County, Wisc.,’s Volunteer Center will experience service-learning in various ways, including stacking shelves at food banks and helping senior citizens. Campers will “learn the vital role in which nonprofits play in creating the quality of life experienced in Racine County” and is supervised by college interns with curriculum from Youth Volunteer Corps.