What is Service-Learning?
The Service-Learning program gives you the opportunity to use knowledge gained in the classroom in a community service project. Service-Learning joins your academic study and community service so that you can learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences. As a result, study takes on a new relevance and intellectual challenge.
The program has many roles. It can be:
- An option for meeting course objectives.
- A connection to addressing community needs.
- A career-related work experience.
- A “hands-on” practical learning experience to course materials.
Why is Service-Learning for me?
While helping others as part of a learning experience, you and community members also derive significant practical benefits from taking part in Service-Learning. You are able to explore career possibility and work with people in various settings, which allows you to develop lifelong and relevant problem-solving skills.
How can Service-Learning help me?
- Reflect on you own background and culture in relation to others.
- Gain competence through the practice of social and technical skills.
- Increase independence by learning to manage study.
- Reflect co-curricular experiences on college transcript.
How does Service-Learning work?
When involved in a Service-Learning project, you generally give 20-45 volunteer hours over the course of a term. The hours and time frame are flexible and determined jointly with instructors. The Career Services staff will interview you to determine yourarea of interest, time contraints and desired location. A community service project is always geared to your needs, convenience, and level of experience.
In conjunction with your instructor, you will:
- Shape the direction of your study.
- Determine what work will be done.
- Form a criterion for evaluation.
Where can I do Service-Learning?
Service-Learning participants are currently working in projects that entail:
- Outreach and friendly visits to the elderly in nursing homes.
- Working with the learning disabled and emotionally handicapped in school settings.
- Working as a teacher’s aide with children in day care, Head Start, and after school programs.
- Working as an advocate for community groups to address social needs.
- Working with local environmental protection groups.
- Assisting local food pantries and soup kitchens in addressing hunger in our communities.
Service-Learning is offered in the following academic areas:
For more information, please contact our office at email@example.com, P: 732-224-2792 or visit us in MAC 105.
“My experience as a service-learning student has been meaningful, because I will keep the experience with me for the rest of my life. I learned a lot and really felt like I gave back to the community.” Service-Learning Student
“My time was well spent and I am proud to say that I have continued my volunteer work at St. Benedict’s and I also have my two sons volunteering for the summer.” Service-Learning Student
“Because it was a fulfilling experience that made me feel good about myself, while helping others.” Service-Learning Student
“It is the best feeling, being able to give back to a community and make a difference in a child’s life.” Service-Learning Student
Career Services • MAC Building, Room 105 • Brookdale Community College • 765 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft, NJ 07738 • P: 732-224-2792 • firstname.lastname@example.org