Health & Wellness

Service Learning

Service-Learning Defined
Service-learning is "a method under which students learn and develop through active participation in … thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs, that are integrated into the students’ academic curriculum or provide structured time for reflection and that enhance what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community."

(Corporation for National Service, 1990)

Service-Learning at Sheldon Jackson College

In January 2004, Sheldon Jackson College received a Learn and Serve America grant from the Corporation for National Service. The grant allows us to develop service-learning courses, provide for training of faculty and community partners, and address community needs, especially those related to local youth.

Benefits of Service-Learning

Students benefit through…

hands-on use of skills and knowledge that increases relevance of academic skills
interaction with people of diverse cultures and lifestyles
increased sense of self-efficacy, analytical skills, and social development
Faculty benefit through…

inspiration and invigoration of teaching methods
increased student contact through greater emphasis on student-centered teaching
identifying areas for research and publication related to current trends and issues
The Community benefits through…

positive relationship opportunities with the college
awareness-building of community issues, agencies and constituents
short and long term solutions to pressing community needs
Service-Learning Mini-grants

Four mini-grants of $250.00 will be awarded to faculty projects that result in the offering of a new service-learning course.