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Service Learning for TLs

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Courtney Strother

on 15 August 2013

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Transcript of Service Learning for TLs

Service Learning
PARC Model
Four Components of Service Learning
Getting ready for the project
The actual service to communities
Enables members to think critically about their service experience and your team's contribution to meeting community needs

Member take aways

Project progression, impact, & expectations

Mental, physical, and emotional
Acknowledge the community
investment and impact

Recognize the completion of
your project and the culmination of your learning

"The Why Behind the What"
Training (NCCC)

Training (Project Sponsor)

Community Research

Opportunities, challenges, & preconceived notions

Service activities can be engaging, challenging, and meaningful

Member development and ownership

Community engaged in the project
and learning

Perspectives and Shared Meaning: Project and Team
Commemorate the time and value of the project experience
Reflection Examples
Personal or Team Journal

Discussing successes and challenges of the project at a team meeting

Conversing on how members are impacted

Creating a personal or team journal

Discussing successes and challenges of the project at a team meeting

Conversing on how members are impacted and the skills they've gained
What is Service Learning?
A methodology through which members acquire the knowledge and skills needed to perform community service projects and gain an in-depth understanding of the value and impact of their work.

Why is Service Learning Important?
"There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about."
-Margaret J. Wheatley
Understanding community needs from their perspective, not your own, and helping them obtain that goal.
Knowing and Understanding:
What the community wants
Why they want it
How your team is contributing to the completion of that goal

Essential Components of Service Learning
How Does Service Learning Work?
Must directly relate to the project
Usually coordinated through the Service Learning Initiator (SLI)
Gained from learning about the social issues that the project impacts
Where Does it Happen?
Sponsor Orientation
During Project
Service Learning Activities
Activities MUST connect to the project
Planned by the Service Learning Initiator (SLI)
Involves entire team
Three activities per round
One activity must involve an external resource

Examples of Service Learning
Sample Project:
Team Activity
Break into your teams
Discuss your assigned project
Present to the class
The name, location, work description and mission
Two Service Learning Activities
Service Learning Initiator
Loves putting the pieces together
Wants to add value to the team's experience in the community
Altruistic in nature and wants to help the team understand the importance of their service work

Ensures the team does 3 Service Learning activities
Additional Responsibilities
Service Learning Development Plan (SLDP)
Helps team identify social issues their project is addressing, team and individual strengths and potential challenges
Project Portfolio
Tangible reflection of the team's project experience

Working as Individual Assistance Representatives for Hurricane Sandy relief
Orientation from FEMA staff at work site
Training on Individual Assistance and Disability Awareness
To gain knowledge about how to better interact and provide aid to people, including those who are disabled, in disaster situations
Working with and hearing testimonials from those affected by Sandy
Reflection: weekly debriefs w/ FEMA supervisors
Tends to be:
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