Service Learning

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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.

Students making mats for the homeless.

Students putting wreaths on graves.

Important Service Learning Forms:

Service Learning Events for FEBRUARY/MARCH 2020:

SSC Healthy Corner needs student volunteers to help in the pantry assisting students during their pantry visit, restocking shelves/ tables, and more. Contact Danielle Whitted in Student Life and Leadership,, (708) 596-2346 for more details. SSC Healthy Corner is open on Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, located behind the cafeteria area in the Bremen Room. This is free resource is available to fuel SSC students for Success by providing essential food and personal care items. Student ID is required at the door.

Spring 2020 Food and Toiletries Drive starts Feb. 25 through April 24 for specific items in shortage in SSC Healthy Corner. The list of nonperishable items needed:

  • FOOD: ready-made snacks, granola bars, dried fruits, nuts, canned meats, cold cereals, pasta, pasta sauce, baking goods (corn muffin mix, pancake mix, baking mix).
  • TOILETRIES: Feminine products, personal hygiene products (deodorants, lotions, soaps), oral care products. Contact Anna Torres, the new Service Learning Student Ambassador-Leader and Millicent Collier for more details.

Annual Women’s Conference needs students to volunteer for two hours or more for the event on March 13, 7:30 a-1:30 p.m. Volunteers not obligated but are welcome to stay through the entire conference program. Contact Dean Powell in the Office of Student Life and Leadership.

MATS FOR THE HOMELESS WORKSHOPS will be held upon group request; training is available. Contact Anna Torres and Millicent Collier for more details.

Cook County Forest Preserves (Beaubien Woods, Sandridge Nature Center) seek SSC students to help restore the woodlands, assist event visitors and groups. Go to for more details.

Junior Achievement Days needs students to volunteer in local elementary school classrooms in the role of “teacher” for a day on the dates listed below. First time volunteers are required to complete a one-hour orientation before the event date. For more details, contact Prof. Jennifer Medlen or Ms. Natasha Barnett at Junior Achievement. JA DAY Orientation for first-time volunteers: Friday, March 6th at 9:00-9:50 AM in room 4151C. This training is required for for volunteers to participate in any JA Day event. *Volunteers are especially needed for JA Day at Markham Park School on Friday, March 20th.

JumpStart your Future! Middle School Impact Day on Tuesday, March 10th South Suburban College JumpStart Your Future! Middle School Impact Day is an initiative in partnership with South Suburban College, Career Development System, and Junior Achievement of Chicago to provide students a JumpStart in preparing for their future success. Students will have the opportunity to explore careers of interest and connect with industry professionals in various fields. Time Commitment: 8:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (15-20 Volunteers needed)

Mae Jemison School on Friday, March 13th, 3450 West 177th Street Hazel Crest, IL 60429 These K-5th grade classes are interested in a JA for a Day program that consists of a 1-day impact at the school. This opportunity is a 1-day (3 ½ hour) commitment that occurs between 8:30am-12:00pm. (17 Volunteers needed)

*Markham Park School on Friday, March 20th, 16239 Lawndale Avenue, Markham, IL 60428 These K-5th grade classes are interested in a JA for a Day program that consists of a 1 day impact at the school. This opportunity is a one (1) day (3½ hour) commitment that occurs between 8:30 – 12:00am.

Thornton Fractional South High School Career Fair on Wednesday, March 25th, 18500 Burnham Avenue Lansing, IL 60438. T.F. South High School & Community Partnerships Change Agent Team will be hosting a Career Fair for the students of T.F. South High School. They are seeking representatives from all career fields to candidly speak to students about their professional journey. There are seven 40-minute sessions, starting at 8:25 a.m. and ending by 1:40 p.m.

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.