- Over 90% of teachers surveyed saw service-learning as a means of
improving student attitudes towards school, increasing academic
achievement, increasing career awareness, improving student self-esteem,
and increasing student social development and involvement in community
affairs. (Source: “Learn and Serve, America Makes a Difference," Facts from the Youth Volunteering and Civic Engagement Survey 2005)
- Five Facts from the Youth Volunteering and Civic Engagement Survey:
1) Local businesses may form partnerships with schools
to prepare students for meaningful employment and community service.
Businesses may volunteer by providing guest speakers, job mentoring
opportunities, internships, apprenticeships, and donating materials.
2) More than 20,000 children in Washington State opt out of public schools each year.
There are many resources, support groups and curriculum available
today, making it easier to home school children. Parents have many
options to supplement their home lessons at the schools’ alternative
learning programs where they can use the computer center or library, or
attend a few classes.
3) An estimated 10.6 million students nationwide (38%) have participated in community service as part of a school activity or requirement.
4) 36% of service participants (an estimated 3.8 million students) helped to plan the service project.
5) In 1999, 83% of high schools and 77% of middle schools organized community service opportunities. (U. S. Department of Education, 2005)
- Inland Northwest Service Learning Partnership provides quality volunteers for local programs from local colleges while providing students with valuable experience.
Gonzaga University students volunteered more than 100,000 hours in each
of the last 2 years. Those efforts include after-school mentoring
programs, volunteering at nonprofits, and developing educational
programs for impoverished communities in Africa.