SERVICE LEARNING 101
Preparing Students to serve unmet needs in their community
Effective service learning programs engage students in a process of preparation, action, and reflection. Service learning 101 serves as an introduction to the service experiences students will encounter as a student in the PSL program. It begins with an explanation of volunteer expectations and responsibilities and an introduction to our partner agencies. Next students engage in workshops on confidentiality and professionalism. At the conclusion of the unit, students participate in an article jigsaw and review of "Dear Replacement" letters from past PSL students.
The learning targets for this unit are for students to:
- Identify and explain roles (personally responsible, participatory, and justice-oriented) that citizens can play in helping government and non-government organizations address problems facing their communities (PSL.GOV.20)
- Define how minority groups are oppressed, identify the causes of this oppression, and analyze the strengths and limitations of the solution(s) proposed by government and non-government organizations. (PSL.CWI.6)
- Demonstrate commando of the conventions of standard English when writing and/or speaking. (L.11-12.1/2).
- Develop a common vision for success in your volunteer placement that demonstrates an understanding of where you will volunteer, the needs of the people you serve, and the skills you will need to utilize.
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