What is Service-Learning and Civic Engagement?
Service-Learning is a method of teaching that strategically integrates academic learning and relevant community services. NSU students participate in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs. This teaching method enables students to reflect on their service activities in such a way as to gain a better understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the academic discipline, and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility
Opportunities to participate in service–learning and civic engagement projects are offered through several courses at the departmental level. Service hours vary from 15 -75 hours per semester, depending on the course requirements for service credits, and or /points.
Students can become a Big brother/big Sister, mentor or tutor at the public schools; volunteer at the Food Bank, or homeless shelters; become civically involved by helping with local campaigns, voters registration, and social issues; or plan activities for the elderly, and facilitating science, and health fairs with non-profit agencies; or working with Faith–based organizations in the community.
What types of service activities are appropriate for Service-Learners?
Tutoring, and mentoring in the public schools, community- based research, intergenerational programs, computer technology assistance, Adult GED literacy assistance, community projects, voters registration drive, habitat for Humanity, nonprofit fund drives, health, social, and spiritual awareness projects, Green energy projects, cross peer tutoring, Friends of the Juvenile justice program, Arts and crafts activities, financial literacy classes, music performances, science, engineering, biology projects, and several career development and community work day projects.
- Community feels a greater sense of connection to the University.
- Needs of the community can be addressed and met.
- Service-learning students develop a better sense of responsibility to the community and gain a clearer understanding
of the needs of the community.
- Students attain a deeper knowledge of the social justice and issues facing the community.
- Community sees the role of NSU as a viable resource.
Reciprocity: Students and community learn something through the Service-Learning experience. Students learn the value of working with rather than working for the community or their peers.
Accountability: The goals and objectives are clearly defined to ensure that each participant and recipient understand their roles and responsibilities in the service-learning activity.
Collaboration: The process of engaging partners to work together to share resources to meet identified community needs.
Citizenship: Citizenship refers to the responsibilities of participation in a multicultural society and of citizenship in a democracy.
How can I become a Community Partner?
Email the Service-Learning and Civic Engagement office; firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent a copy of the Community partners forms to fill and fax back to the office at (757) 823-2605.
There will be an upcoming annual Community Fair sponsored by Service-learning program and the office of Students Activities in September. You will have an opportunity to interact with the students and faculty by showcasing poster representations about your agency and its needs.
Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond, Director, or one of the Graduate Student Assistants will schedule a visit to your site. This will help us to make mutually decisions on the most beneficial placements for your organization or agency. We do require that the students report to an Activity Coordinator, at your site because they will need to keep a log of their hours.
Students may participate for only a semester, or the entire academic year, depending on their courses. Students may also be available for one-time volunteer services.