Service-Learning January Digest

Happy New Year! While the cold may be settling in all over the country, the service-learning community is keeping warm with all of their projects. Here are some great programs that we’ve heard about over the past month:

• Since 2011, Weaver and Concerned Citizens of Aiken/Atlanta Now (WeCCAAN) has organized intergenerational service-learning trips for 34 youths and 20 adults. Participants are given the opportunity to visit new cities in the U.S. where they volunteer and learn about culture, community, and each other. >>Full Article
• Dr. Edina Haslauer, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, is teaching an Ethnic and Gender Equity in Education course which aims to promote a better understanding of cultural diversity in the next generation of teachers. Students learn about how cultural differences create the biases seen in society today, and apply this newfound knowledge to their volunteer work with local after-school programs or new immigrants in the community. >>Full Article
• The Builders Club at Roland-Story Middle School in Roland, Iowa collected toys for their “Blessings for Blank” community service project. The toys were given to children who had to celebrate the holidays at Blank Hospital. Students at Roland-Story Middle School develop leadership skills by running the Builders Club and organizing and participating in service projects in the community. >>Full Article

Did we miss something? Have you or someone you know embarked on a service-learning/civic engagement project that warrants exposure? Drop us a line at nylcweb@nylc.org.