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Community Service Learning
This section contains resources for finding service learning and volunteer activities as well as research, effective practices, and curriculum surrounding community service learning.

 

 

50 Community Service Ideas for Teen Volunteers
Here are some ideas for high schoolers who have a requirement to fill or want to get involved in their community.
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ACT for Youth

Youth development is closely tied to the community and children grow up around them all their lives, it is only logical for them to become involved. Here, information can be found about the importance of involvement in the community in the development of children.

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Afterschool Alliance

Afterschool Alliance provides articles about out of school time youth programs and this particular one discusses the importance of service learning and why it should be implemented into afterschool programs.

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American Red Cross

The Red Cross provides volunteer opportunities for youth as well as adults through clubs implemented in their schools.

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Campus Compact
A site that is typically geared for college campuses, but it has a multitude of resources on civic engagement, integration with academic study, and program models.
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Campus Compact - Syllabi

Here, in a section of Campus Connect teachers can use the syllabi provided to crate service learning opportunities in their classrooms. Though geared toward higher education, the lessons can be adapted for a younger audience as well.

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Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
This organization conducts, collects, and funds research on the civic and political participation of young Americans. It is a great source for the latest statistics and trends on youth civic engagement topics.
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Children, Inc.'s Mayerson Service Initiative
Children, Inc.'s Mayerson Service Initiative hopes to develop children into valued community members of change. The initiative provides lesson plans, projects, and trainings to help educators create customized projects for their schools.
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Compassionate Kids
Compassionate Kids is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to teaching children compassion through volunteerism. The website provides articles, book reviews, and free printable activities for parents and educators. The organization also has local chapters around the country that host field trips and volunteer events once a month.
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Corporation for National and Community Service
The Corporation for National and Community Service is the nation’s largest grant maker supporting service and volunteering. Through Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, opportunities are provided for Americans of all ages and backgrounds to express their patriotism while addressing critical community needs.
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Crit Lit For Kids
Hosted by readwritethink.org this lesson plan includes nine to eleven sessions that involve writing, collaborations, and class discussions. Crit Lit for Kids: From Critical Consciousness to Service Learning introduces concepts of social justice and guided research so students can plan their own service-learning projects.
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Denison

Here, teachers can find guides to service learning in several different disciplines.

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Do Something
Provides a resource for both students and outlets to volunteer and make a difference in their communities. Browse through this website to “shop” around for a cause that you are passionate about and take action!
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Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA provides information and lesson plans on service learning in the classroom.

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Families with Purpose

Here, families can get ideas about volunteering together and helping their students understand service learning while creating a special bond. There is something for people of every age.

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generation On
generationOn is a global youth service movement that hopes to inspire all kids to make a positive impact on the world. generationOn gives children the opportunity to observe the issues in their community and then supplies them with the tools and resources they need to in order to become part of the solution. generationOn's Learning To Give curriculum teaches the importance of volunteerism, civic engagement, and character building through service-learning.
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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity promotes volunteer opportunities in many different areas all over the country.

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Innovations In Civic Participation
Innovations In Civic Participation (ICP) is a non-profit organization that supports high quality, innovative youth civic engagement programs both on a national and international level. ICP works with governments, philanthropic organizations, and institutions of higher education to create sustainable programs that inspire youth to make a difference.
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Inspired to Learn

A guide and reasoning for service learning as well as information about interfaith service learning for students who are looking to get involved in their community.

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Intercultural Exchange Program

Students can experience a new culture while completing service learning and volunteer programs.

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iseek education

Here, teachers can find information about service learning and how to use it in their classroom, why it is important, and opportunities for community service.

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Kids Can Make A Difference
Kids Can Make A Difference is an educational program for middle and high school students that focus on issues concerning hunger and poverty. The website provides resources, project examples, and newsletters to equip students with tools to find solutions to these social problems.
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KIDS Consortium
KIDS (Kids Involved Doing Service-Learning) Consortium is a non-profit organization that serves schools and community organizations by encouraging children to address real community issues. KIDS consortium offers resources, professional development, workshops, and trainings to teach kids about civic duties.
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Kids Korps USA
Kids Korps USA shapes young lives ages five to twenty five through exposure and direct involvement in community service and volunteerism. The organization hopes to develop young leaders and increase their level of maturity and empathy by providing education on leadership and responsibility.
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KidWorldCitizen
KidWorldCitizen is a website that offers activities that help young people think globally. The organization hopes to educate kids about diversity and culture to build tolerance. The website provides thirty-five different service project ideas to inspire children to make a difference.
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Kids Who Care

Using Kids Who Care, teachers can train themselves to create meaningful instruction through the use of service learning.

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LEAD2FEED

Lead2Feed is a team and service learning based program that helps foster teamwork to help students learn and develop important leadership skills.

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Learn and Serve America
A branch of the Corporation of National and Community service, this site is dedicated to providing grant support for school-community partnerships and higher education institutions; providing training and technical assistance resources to teachers, administrators, parents, schools and community groups; and collecting and disseminating research, effective practices, curricula, and program models.
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Linking Service-Learning and the Common Core State Standards

This thorough study reveals why service learning is important among the implementation of common core standards.

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Lions Quest

At Lions Quest, they believe that social and emotional learning is just as important as academic learning and they provide materials and information about how to implement programming into classrooms and schools.

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Mentor
An organization that aims to expand the world of quality mentoring by providing support to various mentoring projects.
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National Dropout Prevention Center
The National Dropout Prevention Center provides service-learning as a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility.
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National Youth Leadership Council

The NYLC has changed classrooms, helped teachers, and has led the by providing high quality contentfor all forms youth based programming.

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Points of Light Foundation
Non-profit organization working in communities throughout the United States through a network of over 500 Volunteer Centers.
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PublicHealth
PublicHealth provides information and opportunities to those who are interested in volunteering in the public health system, which is heavily reliant on and in need of volunteers.
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Roots and Shoots
Roots and Shoots was founded by the principles of Dr. Jane Goodall and the organization hopes to inspire young people to identify problems in their communities and take action. Roots and Shoots hosts an interactive website that provides resources, service projects, and youth-led campaigns.
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Scholastic

Scholastic provides a list of service learning projects in honor of 9/11 day observance that help students improve their community and learn about the history of the United States.

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Service Learning - Edutopia

Edutopia provides resources about how to implement projects that boost civic engagement in students and help them decide to help their communities.

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Service Learning Mission Online

This online curriculum helps students plan and carry out their own service projects.

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Service Learning for Social Change

This workbook is helpful for teachers to use in planning service-learning curriculum.

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TEACHunicef

Unicef provides ways for students to get involved in their communities as well as ways to teach students about becoming involved.

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Tips for Effective Service-Learning Projects

Out-of-school time programs can be a perfect place to implement service-learning projects. Here are some ideas about how to incorporate service learning into your after school programming.

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United Way
United Way improves the lives of youth through child development curriculum, mentoring, life skills, counseling, and referral and volunteer services.
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VolunteerMatch.org
If someone is looking to volunteer in their community they can use this website to locate a place that fits their interests.
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Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America provides people across the country with volunteer opportunities locally.

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Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Here, teachers can find a Service-Learning Implementation Guide in PDF form that highlights why service learning is important and the best ways to implement it into schools and communities.

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YesKidzCan!
YesKidzCan! works to nurture an interest in philanthropy at an early age. The website provides programs, community service project kits, and other resources that energize children to become agents of change within their communities. YesKidzCan! assists parents and educators with books and ideas about creating dialogue around the importance of community service that makes it fun and engaging for kids.
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The YMCA
The Y provides many resources that can help adults help children in their areas of interest.
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Youth Service America
Youth Service America (YSA) supports a culture of youth committed to service learning by promoting campaigns, resources and projects on their website. YSA works hard in order to ensure that kids from diverse backgrounds have the tool to serve in their communities.
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Youth Volunteer Corps
YVC creates and supports quality team based volunteer opportunities that students feel make a contribution.
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youth @ work
Students can use this website to find volunteer opportunities near them.
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