Benefits of Service Learning

Students gain:

Schools gain:

Communities gain:

21st century skills: critical-thinking, problem-solving, leadership, decision-making, collaboration, and communication Deeper connection between academic knowledge and real-world applications Energy and creativity of youth in addressing community needs
Real-world experience connected to academic subjects Increased pro-social behavior and student engagement Opportunities to build positive relationships between community members and schools
Greater sense of the purpose for learning An effective drop-out prevention strategy New perspectives on youth as assets, not liabilities
Deeper understanding of themselves and empathy and respect for others A focus for school improvement New generation of caring and experienced citizens, activists and volunteers – tomorrow’s civic leaders
Opportunities to explore skills and interests and to network for career readiness Improved school climate Increased public awareness of key issues
Guided practice in taking action as socially responsible global citizens Positive school-community relationships Valuable service:  unmet needs addressed, often uniquely
Increased self-efficacy as they address community needs Engaged learners:  motivated, responsible for own learning Citizenship:  students become active stakeholders, now and in the future
Capacity for action:  able to make a difference, meet real needs Collegiality:  staff, students, community as partners in teaching and learning  
Self-worth: developing a sense of identity, moral and ethical values Educational excellence:  enhanced classroom climate, enriched curriculum, performance-based evaluation  
Citizenship:  connection to, leadership for and in the school and community    
Academic skills:  increased relevance of subjects; developing critical thinking skills    


Adapted from the Ohio Department of Education and generationOn (