Looking for inspiration? Browse for a project idea by reviewing service-learning experiences created by teachers and students in Maryland during the last two decades.
Students fill bags at a local food bank to be given to community residents in need.
Education(includes cultural diversity)
Health(includes disability awareness)
Public Safety(includes disaster relief, promoting peace, supporting veterans and active military, supporting victims of abuse, substance abuse prevention, etc.)
School Improvement (includes bullying prevention, cultural diversity, peer mediation, school site enhancements, etc.)
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
Youth Service America
Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism
Maryland-DC Campus Compact
Service-Learning Projects with articulated connections to State Standards
Special Education Service-Learning Projects with articulated connections to state standards
Spinning Interdisciplinary Service-Learning Webs: A Secondary Education Approach
Levels of Service
Direct Service: Students have face-to-face contact with the service recipients. For example: tutoring; serving meals at a homeless shelter; working with the elderly in a nursing home, etc. Indirect Service: Students perform a service without having face-to-face contact with the recipient. Usually resources are channeled to help alleviate a problem. For example: food & clothing drives; walk-a-thons or fundraisers; environmental projects, etc. Advocacy: Students educate others about a particular issue with the goal being to eliminate the cause of a particular problem. For example: writing letters to legislators or editors; preparing and displaying posters, plays, or other educational materials for others, etc.
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