Take Action

How do we empower students to take action to build community? The following activities and lesson plans help you connect learning to community and empower students' voice and choice to take action to make a difference. 

The Stages of Service Learning

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The Stages of Service Learning

Learning and action through service-learning (SL) give students a sense of purpose and internal motivation because what they do matters and makes a difference. In this guide you will learn about the process of SL—investigating needs, planning a project, taking action, and demonstrating and reflecting on their impact— and also how SL develops critical-thinking skills.

Easy-to-Watch Whiteboard Videos

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Philanthropy and Service-Learning: Why do they matter?

Easy-to-Watch Whiteboard Videos

These videos were created for all ages specifically to define and provide examples of service-learning in a fun, low barrier way using whiteboard animation. Videos include the Stages of Service Learning, Understanding Advocacy and Action, Connecting Skills and Interests to Community Needs, and Philanthropy and Service Learning: Why do they Matter?. 

The Four Types of Service

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The Four Types of Service

Student action may be direct, indirect, advocacy, research, or a combination of these. Click to learn more about the types of service and for easy-to-share examples that will inspire your students to take action. 

The Power of Reflection

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The Power of Reflection

In this educator mini-course learn to engage the hearts and minds of volunteers and activists in order to increase the meaning of any service experience and explore the purpose of reflection and reflection techniques. 

Service-Learning Toolkits by Issue Area

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Service-Learning Toolkits by Issue Area

These issue-focused Toolkits build knowledge, community connections, and ideas for service projects. Use these resources to guide instruction or to send students here to find sources of research and project planning.