Service-Learning May/June Digest

Happy official summer, everyone!

In news from Minn., NYLC is in the midst of a two-week Global Studies Institute teacher training in partnership with the University of Minnesota, focused on “Taking Action: Acting Locally, Linking Globally.” Following an exciting week of backwards planning for service-learning “by design”, teachers are now hard at work, developing their own curricular units. Stay tuned for a series of topically-specific unit plans uploaded to the Generator School Network!

In other service-learning news, we’re sharing a dual-month digest given all that’s been underway with the close of the school year.

  • We celebrate high school student Daisy Leonard, who served on a peace-building panel at the National Service-Learning Conference this spring. A member of youthrive’s youth cabinet, Daisy wrote an essay on peace that was selected as the winner of a recent Peacestock competition, and will be featured in a celebration at in Red Wing, Minn. (yes, home of the boots!) July 14. Daisy has all the traits we aspire to as peace-builders: curiosity, empathy, and action-orientation! Way to go Daisy!
  • March for our Lives started a two-month summer tour June 15, The Road to Change. Having begun in Chicago, they are making more than 50 stops across the country to get young people educated, registered, and motivated to vote. They’ll also hold a separate Florida tour with more than 25 stops, visiting every congressional district. For more information, text CHANGE to 977-79.
  • In Hawaii, hundreds of Conservation Corps internships are underway  that teach about culture and community. The seven-week summer program runs June – July, and is designed for youths ages 17 and up. Those who complete the program earn a $1,222 scholarship, plus $500 for volunteering, and an AmeriCorps educational award. A program of the nonprofit organization Kupu, the Corps is a chance for youths to get involved in service-learning focused on conservation, renewable energy, agriculture, and sustainability.
  • In southern New Jersey, the Margate JCC’s Early Childhood Education Center hosted an annual Trike-A-Thon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Trike-A-Thon is a service-learning program for daycare centers and preschools that teaches young children trike and riding-toy safety. In addition to raising money, students participated in various stations including an area to wash their bikes, a “gas” station, and a space to learn more about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
  • At the K-12 International School of Beijing, China, service-learning is fueling global citizenship. As their website attests, they believe that “If respect, integrity, and global-mindedness are muscles to be developed … service learning opportunities provide the rigorous exercise routine in which to do so.” The school’s 21st century learning model integrates academic excellence with social and emotional learning and experiential learning. Students can choose to be involved in a range of options, from Roots and Shoots in the elementary grades to Habitat for Humanity projects in the later grades.

Keep up the good work over the summer, folks! We are always excited to read about afterschool applications of service-learning!