Service-Learning in Maryland

Service-Learning is an instructional strategy that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. It is a form of civic education that provides students with opportunities to explore and reflect on what it means to be an active, engaged citizen.

In the 2022-2023 school year, students in Maryland collectively engaged in 7.5 million hours of service-learning to serve the local and global community!

Students report that service-learning:

  • provides a connection between school and the real-world.

  • strengthens leadership, problem-solving, and organizational skills.

  • improves academic performance while addressing needs in the community.

Maryland’s Seven Best Practices of Service-Learning:

  1. Meet a Recognized Need in the Community.

  2. Achieve Curricular Objectives through Service-Learning.

  3. Reflect Throughout the Service-Learning Experience.

  4. Develop Student Responsibility.

  5. Establish Community Partnerships.

  6. Plan Ahead for Service-Learning.

  7. Equip Students with Knowledge and Skills for Service.

Developed in collaboration with over 80 teachers throughout the state, Maryland’s Seven Best Practices align with national standards and are essential in creating exemplary student service–learning experiences in Maryland.
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Lauren McKinley, M.Ed.
Service-Learning Specialist, Youth Development Branch
Office: (410) 767-0357

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

Service-Learning Spotlight

The Governor's Office on Service and Volunteerism honored ten students and student groups during the Maryland Civic Education & Leadership Summit for their exemplary impact through service. Congratulations to Emma Beyer, Lexie Gamble, Meklit Mesfin, and the Profession Dress Closet Team of Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Grace Minakowski of Calvert County Public Schools, Flematu Fofana of Carroll County Public Schools, Dhruv Girish of Frederick County Public Schools, and Viveka Sinha, Lumina Zhang, and the Rise-N-Shine Foundation, Inc. of Montgomery County Public schools for this esteemed recognition.

Nora Murray was a highly respected service-learning coordinator for Baltimore County. Organized by Baltimore County student council students, this event honored Nora’s memory and raised money to support FINISH Sarcoma.