The Service Learning Program is an instructional method that combines service in the community with academic learning in the classroom wherein the objectives of the course are linked to service-learning. Students learn and develop through active participation in an organized service activity. By reflecting on their service activity, students increase their understanding of course content, appreciate the relevance of the course to everyday life, foster a sense of social and civic responsibility and increase self-worth through meaningful contribution to the community. This is an exciting new way to learn and apply textbook learning to real-world issues.
Important Service Learning Forms:
- Learning Agreement – Form A
- Release of Liability Form – Form B
- Volunteer Hours – Form C
- Student Evaluation – Form D
- Outcomes Survey – Form E
Service Learning Projects for Students’ Success
OCTOBER 1 – DECEMBER 14: SSC Corner Stop (pantry), 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 2-hour shifts
OCTOBER 3: SLL Mini Seasonal Career Fair, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
OCTOBER 19: National Community Service Day, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Village Cleanup; Phoenix Carnival of Services
MATS FOR HOMELESS – Student volunteers are needed in the workshop to help make plastic yarn or “plarn” from recycled plastic bags. Also, volunteers are needed to crochet sleeping mats using plarn. Students can also earn Service Learning credits by collecting clean, dry plastic retail grocery bags in good condition which can be used to make plarn.
JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT DAY – Junior Achievement (JA) offers students in all areas of course study the experience of teaching grade school children in local schools. Volunteers are required to complete a one-hour orientation and training session in order to participate in the JA Day projects. Training dates will be close to the date of the JA project.
The complete schedule for Junior Achievement events will be published and distributed early in the Spring 2019 term. For more information, contact Natasha Barnett – Senior Operations Manager, South Suburban Cook Area Junior Achievement of Chicago at 708-757-2852.
SATURDAY FOOD PANTRY Sponsored by Restoration Ministries
253 E. 159th St., Harvey, IL. – food distribution Saturdays (weekly).
For more information, contact Janna at Restoration Ministries, (708) 333-3376 or SSC Service Learning (S-L) Coordinator, (708) 596-2000 ext.2664.
THORNTON TOWNSHIP FOOD CENTER Sponsored by Thornton Township For more information, contact SSC Service Learning (S-L) Coordinator, (708) 596-2000 ext.2664.
- Packing Food Boxes | Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays (daily) | 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
- Food Distribution at 15340 Page Avenue, Harvey | Wednesdays (weekly) | 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
STEWARDSHIP DAYS – Woodlands cleanup and restoration in local forest areas on the first and second Saturdays each month. Volunteers should wear layered clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Snacks & water will be provided! If you need information on the day of, call or text Field Museum representative Rob Telfer at cell 708-334-8831.
- 2nd Saturdays (monthly) at Eggers Grove, (Chicago, 112th St. at Avenue E)
Get involved in Fall and give back to your community. Earn Service Learning credits preparing for a successful future. It is easy to get started. Here’s how …
- Choose the project(s) that interest you or your student(s).
- To sign up, fill out the Service Learning Form A and Form B.
- Submit the completed forms in Room 3440.
- Record volunteer hours on Student Volunteer Hour Report and complete the project Evaluation Survey with required signature. Submit all forms in room 3440.
Weekly opportunities are offered by SSC Community Partners such as Junior Achievement and Restoration Ministries. For more details, contact Service Learning Coordinator Millicent Collier, ext. 2664.