Mission Possible Agents of Change Through Service-Learning

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Mission Possible

Agents of Change Through

Service-Learning

What is service-learning?

SL helps you apply YOUR and skills… knowledge

To a REAL community.

problem in your school or

– Checking out a problem.

– Preparing a plan of action.

– Rolling up your sleeves and doing.

– Keeping a record/journal.

– Figuring out what it all means.

Community Service

NO…

– Youth involvement

– Needs identification

– Brainstorming

– Planning

– Links to learning

– Orientation

– Some meaning

– Observation

– Evaluation

– Isolated celebration

Community Service

V.S.

Service-Learning

Service-Learning

Yes…

– Youth selected project

– Community involvement

– Needs identified

– Plan of Action

– Learning links made to curricula

– Pre-service orientation

– Criteria for meaningful service

– Observations made

– New understanding gained

– Celebrated by all

New

Application

Celebration

Evaluation:

New Understanding

Problem

Solving

The SL Cycle

Student & Community

Ownership

Identifying a

Genuine Need

Planning &

Preparation

Meaningful

Service

Experience

Observation

Your Mission…

Should you decide to accept it…

SELECT

a problem

RESEARCH

the problem

DESIGN

an Action Plan

DO

the planned project

EVALUATE

the results

CELEBRATE

your success!

Youth Voice & Choice

Select the project focus

Provide leadership by:

– Taking initiative

– Identifying needs

– Making decisions

– Collaborating with community representatives

– Developing partnerships

– Exercising “reciprocity”

Needs assessment

Identify NEEDS based on what you know now.

INVESTIGATE further through collaborations.

Develop CRITERIA to narrow your focus.

PRIORITIZE according to criteria.

SHARE results.

Investigate How?

Surveys

Interviews

Observation

Research

Community Mapping

Meetings/Forum

Committees

DEVELOP committees to investigate needs.

ELECT a chairperson of each committee.

CHOOSE a committee based on your…

– Knowledge

– Skills

– Resources

– Personal Interests

Your blueprint

Set goals:

– What do you want people to come away with at the end?

– How will people benefit?

Map out plans:

– What will be taught?

– What will you do?

– How do you want to present it?

Clarify partnerships:

– Who do you want to participate with you?

– What do you want them to do?

Gather Resources:

– What do you need to carry out your plans?

– Guest speakers?

Pre-service Reflection

What has changed?

– Beliefs

– Assumptions

– Attitudes

Where and when did they change?

What might you have done differently?

What do you think will happen next?

Meaningful Service

Follow your blueprint.

Collaborate with partners.

Work together for success.

Be flexible:

– Action allows ideas to become real.

– Unexpected outcomes may occur.

Observation

What is happening?

– Reactions

– Comments

– Attitudes

– Behaviors

– Responses

Problem-Solving

How well did the plan work?

– Barriers?

– Limitations?

– Organization?

– Teamwork?

Who could help?

Have new needs been identified?

What improvements are necessary?

Mid-Service Reflection

Share…

– Discussions

– Presentations

– News articles

– Photographs

Keep a journal:

– What happened?

– How was it special?

– How did you feel?

– Any new ideas?

– Questions?

– How did you make a difference?

Evaluation

Assess the experience:

– What was learned?

– What impact was made?

– Who received benefits?

What was successful? Unsuccessful?

How effective was the project plan?

– What would you do differently?

– How could it be enhanced?

Celebration

Recognize achievement…

– “Thank you” letter or gift

– Ceremony

– Field trip

– Award

– Prize

– Party

– FUN!

Post-service Reflection

What did YOU

– About yourself?

learn?

– Working with others?

– About your community?

How will this project:

– Influence your life or future

– Develop a sense of community

– Clarify needs or issues

– Improve observation and analysis

– Increase an appreciation of others

– Deepen knowledge and understanding

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Prepared by:

Karol Osborne

Extension Agent

– 4-H

Madison Parish

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