Service-learning is education in action — a way for youth to gain knowledge and develop skills while meeting real community needs. After identifying and examining local issues, students agree on a plan, take action, and evaluate results.

Although service-learning has many definitions and established quality standards, service-learning experiences share five major attributes:

  • Students have a strong voice in determining the actions they want to take and in implementing their plans.
  • Service-learning is aligned with the curriculum.
  • Students partner with others to take action.
  • Students reflect on their experiences in multiple ways before, during, and after performing the service.
  • Service-learning is of sufficient duration to allow students to meet community needs and also achieve learning objectives.