Service-Learning Web Sites

ABCD books: A place for literature and service learning connections.

American Association for Higher Education (AAHE): Learn about the AAHE Service-Learning project and its 18-volume monograph series.

America's Legislators Back to School Program: There is a program to help you and your students invite members of Congress to your schools, where they can learn about the good things you are doing. The America's Legislators’ Back to School Program kicks off on September 15 and runs throughout the school year, giving legislators and teachers flexibility in scheduling classroom visits. We suggest you schedule a visit when service-learning activities will occur, so your Senator or member of Congress can see you your students in action.

The Big Dummy's Guide to Service-Learning:The site is geared toward colleges and universities. It includes simple answers to frequently asked questions about service learning from the following perspectives: faculty, program, student, administrative, and non-profit.

Campus Compact: Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to helping students develop the values and skills of citizenship through participation in public and community service. It is the only national higher education organization whose primary purpose is to support campus-based public and community service.

Cesar E. Chavez Foundation : The Cesar E. Chavez Foundation uses service-learning curricula and lessons to promote the values of the renowned organizer and civil rights leader, including peer mediation, migrant worker issues, non-violence, civic participation, voter registration, homelessness, and social and economic justice. The Foundation has created a series of resource guides, available to download at http://www.chavezfoundation.org/spotlight.html

Corporation for National and Community Service: The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNS) is a federal agency that works with state governments and community organizations to provide opportunities for Americans of all ages to serve through AmeriCorps, Learn and Serve, and National Senior Service Corps programs.

Education Commission of the States: provides links to state and national educational issues.

Edutopia: The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Edutopia documents and disseminates models of the most innovative practices in our nation's K-12 schools. Its goal is to spread the word about interactive learning environments and enable others to adapt them. It has a vast archive of success stories from schools, and offers everything from classroom tips to recommendations for district-wide reform. Project-based and service learning resources are provided, as well as examples of students who have excelled from this type of learning.

History of Service Learning: A brief history of service-learning from LSA in higher education from its roots in civic engagement movements to the present date. A timeline and an annotated history are also available. The history is available as a PDF (450 MB). Click here for the file.

Learn and Serve America: is one of the "streams of service" administered by the Corporation for National Service. Learn and Serve America offers grants for service-learning programs in institutions of higher education, K-12 schools,and community based organizations.

Learning In Deed: This initiative, launched in 1998 by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, aims to make service-learning part of every k-12 student's experience.

Learning To Give: This site offers free of charge more than 1,200 K-12 lessons and educational resources to teachers, parents, youth workers and community leaders. Students learn about volunteering, being responsible and showing leadership in the classroom-and how to be leaders in the community.

Linking Education and America Reads through National Service (LEARNS): is a partnership of the following organizations: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL), Southern Regional Council (SRC), Bank Street College of Education (BSC).

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse: A comprehensive information system that focuses on all dimensions of service-learning, covering kindergarten through higher education school-based as well as community based initiatives. The Center of the Clearinghouse is located at the University of Minnesota, Department of Work, Community and Family Education, with collaboration from a consortium of twelve other institutions and organizations.

National Service-Learning Partnership: The Partnership‘s purpose is unique: it is to orchestrate a comprehensive and broad-based approach to making service-learning a standard part of students’ education across the United States. As a network of grassroots and national service-learning supporters, the Partnership brings together organizational and individual members, including thousands of practitioners, administrators, community activists, policymakers, researchers, parents, young people and leaders in business and other sectors.

The National Service Resource Center (NSRC): is a training and technical assistance provider to programs funded by the Corporation for National Service. NSRC is your one-stop shopping destination for information specific to community service programs.

National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE): NSEE is a membership association and national resource center that promotes experience-based approaches to teaching and learning.

The National Youth Leadership Council's: mission is to engage young people in their communities and schools through innovation in learning, service, leadership and public policy. As one of America's most prominent advocates of service-learning and youth service, the NYLC is at the forefront of efforts to reform education and guide youth-oriented public policy.

Nonprofit Risk Management Center: NRMC help nonprofit staff and volunteers control risks. Web site includes information on conferences, publications, training, and consulting.

Northwest Service Learning Exchange: A website created to share service learning projects developed and implemented by teachers. The site includes teacher artifacts, timelines, planning documents, student work samples, assessments, and reflections.

The Points of Light Foundation: The POLF wants to engage more people in active volunteer service. Site includes information on how to get involved, awards programs, and training.

Service Learning: Education Beyond the Classroom: This booklet, provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, describes how students across the country are gaining hands-on awareness of waste reduction, recycling and composting through solid waste service-learning projects.

ServiceVote: This site is Youth Service America's campaign to engage young people in the political process, beginning with voting. At this interactive site kids can log on to the "My Two Cents for Change" feature and share ideas about how to engage candidates during the election-and afterward.

UCLA Service-Learning Clearinghouse Project: This web site contains information and resources focusing on faculty Issues, K-H partnerships, assessment and evaluation, training and technical assistance, and service-learning research. The site also contains links to other valuable service-learning and higher education resources.

Voices for Service: This web site is part of the AmeriCorps program, which offers thousands of opportunities to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups that are fighting illiteracy, building affordable housing, cleaning parks and streams, and more.

Volunteering in America: This web site contains information on national volunteerism data, trends and demographics. Through this web site, you will be able to access volunteering statistics, tools, resources, and information for the nation, U.S. regions, states, and major cities. You will also be able to see how states and cities rank on different factors related to volunteering.

What Kids Can Do: This web site features inspiring stories from around the world about community service projects, including "Straight Talk," first-person accounts by young volunteers about their experiences. Its "Kids on the Wire" service, which features news clippings on teen volunteer programs, is updated daily.

Youth Service America: A resource center and alliance of 200+ organizations committed to increasing the quantity and quality of opportunities for young Americans to serve locally, nationally and globally.

FL&S School and Project Websites

Timber Creek High School Service Learning Academy: The Timber Creek High School Service Learning Academy in Orlando, Florida has 13 teachers and 430 students all working to integrate service into their academic curriculum.by creating and implementing subject-related service learning projects in the school and community.

The Young Men's Academy for Academic and Civic Development: The Young Men's Academy for Academic and Civic Development in Miami, Florida - during the 2006-2007 school year, Miami Douglas MacArthur Senior High South, with assistance from the Department of Secondary School Reform, envisions establishing a school-based Service Learning Academy.

Canine Commandos: Canine Commandos is a program for gifted students from Tropical Elementary along with ten other schools participate. In Canine Commandos, the gifted students go to the South Animal Care Center and Central Brevard Humane Society to train homeless dogs. The Commandos hope to improve these dogs' behaviors in order to help them become more adoptable.

Corporation for National & Community Service