Service-Learning is an active method of learning in which students engage in structured community service and reflect on the meaning of that service. There are numerous service-learning opportunities and events at IU East, often associated with an academic course but always dedicated to helping you develop your spirit of service. (more info: http://www.iue.edu/servicelearning)
Almost 1,000 IU East students participated in service in 2012. In addition to benefiting the community and the students involved, it garnered IU East a place on the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service. (http://www.iue.edu/mediarelations/?p=4032) This recognition honors students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service.
Here’s what some students shared as they reflected on their service-learning experience:
- “It’s very satisfying to know how much the students look forward to working with us” ~ elementary tutor
- “The boys look up to the athletes and seem more interested in getting their homework done.” ~ community partner leader
- “Of course it feels good to help, but I know this is a good resume-builder also.” ~ transitioned from service to a paid job with community partner
- “I really enjoy every minute I spend with the kids at the school. It’s amazing how much difference it makes in their lives…and mine.” ~ elementary mentor
3 easy steps to service-learning!
STEP 1: Decide that you want to be a positive change agent in your community. You can do it independently or ask one of your instructors to offer a service-learning option as part of a course.
STEP 2: Complete a service-learning interest form. Staff at the Center for Service-Learning (located in the Campus Library) can assist you through each stage of the process.
STEP 3: Serve, reflect, grow, enrich, repeat.