Service-Learning October Digest

What’s up, service-learners? Hope the start to your school year went as smooth as possible. Can you believe it’s already November?! We’re coming to you with your digest of service-learning news for the month of October. Let’s dig in:

But first, some brief news from us. These past few months we hosted two Service-Learning Educator Institutes in Phoenix and Philadelphia. The feedback has been awesome. Some staff members of buildOn attended the Phoenix institute and shared with us what they took away and how they’re implementing service-learning across the United States. Take a look and get ready for our next institute in March in St. Paul, Minnesota!

  • Bellaire Learning Center in Bossier City, Louisiana, held their 7th Annual St. Jude Trike-A-Thon the last week of October. The program is a week-long and service-learning-focused, where children get to ride trikes and learn about safety—all while supporting St. Jude. This year, $1000 was raised. >> Full article
  • Students at the University of Nevada-Reno have been invited to work with nonprofit, One Heart Source, and travel to Cape Town, South Africa, to serve as mentors for students in impoverished communities. The program is open to all students aged 18-25, and they will choose between three service-learning objectives, youth empowerment, education and social work, and health innovation. Applications are currently being accepted for all session lengths. >> Full article
  • Mustangs Making Their Mark, a service-learning project by Martha Elementary School in Barboursville, West Virginia, celebrated Appalachian culture and supported those affected by floods in 2016. Through six stations, children met local artisans and also learned about the local water and plant cycles. >> Full article
  • As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, sixteen students at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, took part in a service-learning project that deepened knowledge of Hispanic culture for their community. “Their high-impact community engagement practice demonstrated SIUE’s values of citizenship and excellence, as students enriched young patrons’ lives while immersing themselves in ‘lived language.'” >> Full article

Did we miss something? Have you or somebody you know embarked on a service-learning/civic engagement project that warrants exposure? Drop us a line at

See you in 30 days!