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Community Involvement and Service Learning

The National Service-Learning Partner­ship defines service learning as “a teaching method that engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies or other type of intentional learning activity.” The following organizations and resources provide community involvement and service learning opportunities.

  • The America’s Promise Alliance
    America's Promise promotes the “Five Promises,” which are developmental resources and supports that young people need for success in life. See the website’s section on the fifth promise, opportunities to help others, for more information.
  • AmeriCorps VISTA
    The national service program designed specifically to fight poverty. During service, members receive a modest living allowance, health care and other benefits. Upon completing service, members can choose to receive either an education award worth $4,725 to pay for college or $1,200 in cash.
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service
    The organization engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet community needs.
  • The International Partnership for Service Learning and Leadership
    The International Partnership promotes international service learning opportunities by working with students, colleges, universities, service agencies and related organiza­tions around the world. Their website is a portal to semester-abroad programs in a variety of countries.
  • Learn and Serve America
    Learn and Serve supports and encourages service learning throughout the US and enables over one million students to make meaningful contributions to their community while building their academic and civic skills.
  • The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
    A website supporting the service-learning efforts of schools, higher education institutions, communities and tribal nations.
  • The National Service-Learning Partner­ship
    The partnership is network of members dedicated to advancing service learning as a core part of every young person’s education.
  • The National Youth Leadership Council
    The organization links youth, educators and communities to redefine the roles of young people in society. 
  • VolunteerMatch
    Website matches volunteers and organizations, allowing users to find a perfect place to volunteer by entering age and location, then checking off issues of personal importance.
  • Local YMCA associations
    YMCAs provide many volunteer opportunities for middle-and high-school students. Their Earth Service Corps is a national program.
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