"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 in 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 which help develop leadership skills, foster professional development, an appreciation for 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 in graduate school
Develop real world experience and skills employers are looking for such as: verbal and written communication skills, teamwork, problem solve, prioritize, 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!