In order to graduate from high school, students are required to earn 75 service learning hours. Service Learning is defined as:
“a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world; they then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning.”
Components of Service-Learning
Service-learning is the first step that students take to identify ways that they can make a meaningful difference in their own communities. Working with techers and other professionals in the Foundation's Community Empowerment Program, students identify chalenges that impact their community, develop a project plan that addresses the challenge, implement the project and write a brief synopsis on lessons learned.
During the process students become stakeholders in their communities, acquire implementation and leadership skills, and most importantly real world experiences they can draw on for the rest of their lives.