​Service-Learning in Maryland

Students are required to engage in service-learning in order to earn a high school diploma in Maryland. We offer many time-tested service-learning resources for teachers, students, and other educators.

Prince George’s County students gleaning a field to collect fresh produce for local food shelters  

Prince George’s County students gleaning field to
collect fresh produce for local food shelters

Service-learning is an instructional strategy that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Students improve their academic and civic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world. Students then reflect on their experiences to reinforce the link between their service and their learning. 

Service-learning is a form of civic education that provides student with opportunities to explore what it means to be an active, engaged citizen. 


Lauren McKinley
Service Learning Specialist, Youth Development Branch
Office: (410) 767-0357

Reginald Burke, M.S.
Director, Youth Development Branch
Office: (410) 767-0313

​Newest Service-Learning Resources

Service-Learning Community Scavenger Hunt #2

Local and National Service-Related Organizations and Web Resources

Why Service Learning?

By engaging in service-learning experiences, students apply the knowledge and skills they learn in the classroom to real-world problems.

These experiential education projects bring learning to life and help students understand the relevance of the material they are studying.

Students involved in high quality service-learning experiences perform better academically, are more engaged with school, and strengthen their teamwork, social, and civic participation skills.