PREPARATION: Some suggestions for preparing to implement a successful service learning project and/or program.

  • Have a schedule of options that youth can choose from.
  • Set up Table for Parents to sign up their youth.
  • Train teachers during their In-Service days.
  • Get your message out to the community and the schools.
  • Ready brochures, handbills, push cards, and flyers for youth and parents.
  • Engage teachers in your community based projects.
  • Build relationships with the youth and offer them exciting projects.
  • Maximize the benefits to the parents.
  • Research the issues and needs in your community.
  • Develop resources to conduct your projects.
  • Find ways to adapt programs for your unique site.
  • Identify students that are there by choice vs. kids who have to be there.
  • Communicate with site coordinators, administrators and community partners.
  • Line up curriculum and schedules.
  • Teacher involvement to recruit students
  • Consensus (in some way, shape or form) about project and way the program will be run.
  • Funding and time management
  • Discussion to find out what community needs are and ways to meet those needs (community needs assessment)
  • Clearly define service learning vs. community service
  • Develop service learning goals and create a timeline for each goal.
  • Define teacher involvement and keep it as minimal as possible. Set up parameters and let the students do the work!
  • Recruit a Teacher who understands the stages of Service Learning and the Objectives
  • Preset Budgeted amount for Service Learning
  • Location and Time for the Activity
  • Notify to all parties
  • Identify Partners
  • Prepare parents how to access Facebook, Yahoo, or Wiki tools through classes or parent sessions
  • Locate grants and funding sources for the activity
  • Discovery sessions for students
  • Select students to form a committee to brainstorm ideas for projects
  • Gather resources including Internet, books, community for new ideas
  • Guide students to ideas that are manageable, relevant, and have potential for success
  • Share information about projects to teachers & other students to engage support
  • Guide students to community leaders and individuals for partnerships and possible funding