Service-Learning September Digest

Welcome to October you lovely service-learning folks. September was a busy and eventful month in the field. Let’s take a look!

First things first: At NYLC, we have been hard at work getting things ready for Justice in Action aka #SLC18. And you can now register, submit your workshop proposal, and nominate a worthy recipient of the National Service-Learning Awards. March will be here before we know it—so don’t delay!

  • Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful (GCB), a nonprofit in Georgia committed to promoting youth engagement and environmental activism, chose its own Youth Advisory Council for 2017-2018. The organization welcomed 19 new student-leaders to its ranks. The full list can be found here.
  • Service-learning scholars from the University of Delaware continued the tradition this summer of bringing music to life for local youth. Since 2013, Beat Goes On serves as a unique service-learning project created by music education professor at UD, Suzanne Barton. Three Service-Learning Scholars worked with four community partners to teach music via iPad.
  • The new Kids Care & Share™ from Excelligence Learning Corp.’s Really Good Stuff, was launched September 19 as a way for teachers to engage their students in “community outreach and service-learning.” Aimed at elementary students, youth create personalized gifts as thank yous to local community leaders. Part of the proceeds will go to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for children with cancer.
  • After attending summer camp, youth can use the skills and experiences to prepare for their future and education. (we’ve been saying this for years, but…) Frank Cox of Michigan State University Extension, says, “When service learning is used as a career development activity, youth should take the time to reflect and journal the skills they learned to record on their resume or talk about in a job interview.”

Do you have a worthy service-learning project not listed here? Contact us at nylcweb@nylc.org for consideration.