What is Service Learning?
Service-learning is a teaching and learning methodology that connects classroom curriculum with identify community issues and needs. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community and build their social, civic, and academic capacities. Each service-learning experience must have three distinct components in order for it to count toward the graduation requirement: Preparation, Action, Reflection. Students can earn service-learning credit by participating in a classroom service project, an after-school project, or a student club service project provided that all three components are in place.
How can I earn volunteer hours?
VOLUNTEER HOURS DO NOT COUNT TOWARDS GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.
Students may earn volunteer hours hours in the following ways:
- Participate in an approved classroom-integrated service project;
- Participate in an approved after-school project with a teacher or community organization;
- Participate in an approved project of an extracurricular club at your school;
- Volunteer with an approved community organization
- For the graduating classes of 2020 and beyond, students will need to complete a minimum of two (2) classroom-integrated service-learning projects: one service-learning project in a Civics or AP Government course and one additional classroom-integrated service-learning project.
I served my volunteer hours, now what?
- SCHOOL SPONSORED ACTIVITY - Students must coordinated with activity sponsor details for serving. Students are responsible for filling out a time sheet for their service, having it signed by the sponsoring staff member and writing a post reflection essay.
- OFF CAMPUS SERVICE: Students must coordinated with activity sponsor details for serving. Students are responsible for filling out a time sheet for their service, having it signed by the sponsoring staff member and writing a post reflection essay.
Visit the CPS Service Learning website for complete information and community partners to help you find the service project. CLICK HERE
Types of acceptable service
- Volunteering in a soup kitchen, food pantry, animal shelter, or hospital (reading to children, delivering food)
- Volunteering at a YMCA or Boys & Girls Club
- Tutoring students in a school or community-based organization
- Walk-a-thons with non-profit organizations
- Neighborhood clean-ups with community organizations
- Volunteering as helpers at MLA school functions (open houses, report card pick up, etc)
- Only acceptable church activities: tutoring, food/clothes pantry, and soup kitchen, community clean up, clothing drive, youth sports.
Activities not eligible for volunteer hours
- Work with for-profit businesses and corporations (including daycare centers);
- Work with religious organizations if the service involves promoting a particular faith;
- Volunteer work where no academic objective is addressed;
- Work that is financially reimbursed;
- Assisting teachers in classroom tasks (grading, filing, clean up)
- Favors for neighbors (walking pets, cleaning snow/leaves etc.
- Chores, babysitting or assisting a relative