"Service-learning is education in action, developing critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, taking on real issues such as hunger, homelessness, and diversity, and valuing people of all ages as citizens with talents to offer." (www.nylc.org)
Courses with a service-learning component may be some of the most meaningful courses of your academic career. These courses offer you a chance to apply your conceptual knowledge to a real-work situation and see first-hand how your education will better prepare you to improve your community and our world.
Service-learning courses give you the opportunity to take what you've learned in the classroom and apply it to make a difference. Service-learning provides real world experiences that help develop leadership skills, foster professional development, appreciate diversity, and provide opportunities for increased understanding of course material.
Gain applicable skills and knowledge.
Develop leadership skills.
Explore a career or field of study.
Feel prepared in your field of study and ready to succeed in an internship, entry-level position, or graduate school.
Develop real-world experience and skills employers are looking for such as verbal and written communication skills, teamwork, problem solving, prioritizing, research and analytical skills.
Build a commitment to service and life-long learning.
Did a member of the VSLC give an orientation to your class about service-learning? Would you like a refresher on the information and material we presented? Access the Service-Learning Orientation Powerpoint now!