Students, it's time to take what you are learning out of the classroom and into your community!
Middle and high schools develop leadership skills and have a positive impact on our community through service learning. Here's how it works.╠řYou will experience service learning throughout your school experience.╠ř In addition, you may participate in service learning independently or as a member of a community group.
- As an elementary student, service learning takes place in classroom or school-wide service learning projects.
- As a middle school student, service learning occurs in your classroom, within your grade level teams, and in school or community activities.
- As a high school student, you participate in independent service learning opportunities, as well as service learning associated with your classes and school or community activities.
Want to suggest a╠ř501(c)3 agency that you think would benefit from ▓Ţ┴˝╩ËĂÁ's Service Learning? Please email us at ServiceLearningCoordinator@mpsomaha.org.
Middle school students, want to know how you can get involved? It's easy!╠řYou will take part in service learning experiences through your middle school social studies classes, within your grade level team, and in school and╠řcommunity activities.
Here are a few thoughts to keep in mind:
- ▒§▓ď╠řAncient Civilizations 6╠ř▓╣▓ď╗ň╠řWorld Geography 7, you will complete an assignment connecting your service learning experiences to the class.╠ř
- ╠ř▒§▓ď╠řAmerican History 8, you will complete a culminating project and engage in conversations with other students to connect your service learning experiences to your class and explain the meaning of civic engagement and responsibility.
As a high school student you may be thinking, how do I find time to participate in service learning? It's not hard. You are only required to complete ten╠řhours of service learning during your high school career.╠ř These hours should be completed before taking╠řUnited States Government & Economics╠ř-or-╠řAdvanced Placement┬«╠řUnited States Government & Politics╠řin╠ř11th╠řor╠ř12th╠řgrade.╠ř
Here are additional thoughts to keep in mind:
- You may start completing your service learning hours the summer prior to╠ř9th╠řgrade.╠ř
- Service learning may be through experiences on your own, those arranged through a class, or completed as a member of a school or civic organization.╠ř Service learning must occur with an approved agency.╠ř Please refer to the╠ř╠řand review the Frequently Asked Questions below.
- In all of╠řyour required high school social studies courses, you will reflect each year on your service- learning process and experiences.
- Your service learning hours should be completed before beginning the╠řUnited States Government & Economics╠ř-or-╠řAdvanced Placement┬«╠řUnited States Government & Politics╠řcourses in╠ř11th╠řor╠ř12th╠řgrade.╠ř In these classes you will complete a culminating project and engage in conversations with your peers to connect your service learning experience(s) to the class and further define the meaning of civic engagement and responsibility.
1. What are the components of Service Learning in ▓Ţ┴˝╩ËĂÁ?
- Preparation and Research:╠řThis component will be included in the service learning connections lesson in each required social studies middle and high school course.
- Forms of Student Service Learning Opportunities:
╠ř ╠ř ╠ř ╠ř ╠ř a.╠řDirect Service: tutoring, mentoring, working with members of the community╠ř
╠ř ╠ř ╠ř ╠ř ╠ř b.╠řIndirect Service: collections, fundraisers, drives, working on behalf of the community╠ř
╠ř ╠ř ╠ř ╠ř ╠ř c.╠řAdvocacy: lobbying, speaking, performing, engaging the public or greater community
- Reflection:╠řHigh school students will respond to reflection questions on Service Learning in their Social Studies courses as part of the Personal Learning Plan.
- Interaction:╠řStudents will engage in lessons and activities in all their required middle and high social studies courses. ▒§▓ď╠ř8th╠řgrade American History and 11/12th╠řgrade United States Government & Economics or AP┬«╠řUnited States Government & Politics courses, students will complete a culminating project and engage in conversations with peers to further connect Service Learning experience(s) to these courses.
2. What are the expectations of middle and high school students participating in Service╠řLearning?╠řMiddle school students will participate in service learning in their classroom, with their grade level teams, and in school or community activities. High school students may participate in independent service learning experiences and those experiences completed as a member of a school or civic organization. ╠řStudents will not be excused from class in order to participate in Service Learning activities. ╠ř ╠ř
3. How many hours need to be completed?
High school students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of Service Learning experience(s). There are no requirements of hours for middle schools students.
4. When do the hours for high school students need to be completed?
High school students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of Service Learning experience(s) prior to taking United States Government & Economics or AP United States Government & Politics courses in 11/12th╠řgrade.╠ř
5. How do I keep track of my experiences?╠ř
Students are encouraged to participate in Service Learning activities as early as possible. Incoming high school freshmen and current high school students may independently record information in a log created in their World Geography course as part of their Personal Learning Plan. Students will be asked to refer to their Service Learning Log by their social studies teacher if they are currently taking a required social studies course.
6. Will someone at school be ▓Ţ┴˝╩ËĂÁing?╠ř
The service learning requirement of the PLP is embedded in their required US Government Social Studies class. Students will be asked to refer to their service learning log when╠ř taking a required social studies course. This log will help students reflect as they work in class on lessons, activities, and culminating projects.
7. I help with childcare at my church. Why does this not count?
Service learning for which a place of worship is a direct beneficiary will not fulfill the requirement. Students must volunteer with a government agency or non-profit organization that qualifies as a nonprofit under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please refer to the list of approved agencies.
8. My church youth group or school club is going to participate in service for a non-profit╠řorganization.╠řDoes this count?╠řYes. Service learning for which an outside non-profit organization benefits counts as long as the recipient organization qualifies as a non-profit under Section 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4)╠řof the Internal Revenue Code. Please refer to the list of approved agencies.
9. My school club is selling t-shirts to raise money for a trip. Does this count?
No. Service learning for which a studentÔÇÖs high school or club is the direct beneficiary will not fulfill this requirement. An outside organization must benefit and qualify as a non-profit under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please refer to the list of approved agencies.
10.╠řMay I╠řvolunteer with a political party for service learning credit?╠ř
Political parties are not╠ř501(c)(3) agencies and therefore do not qualify for service hours.
11. What if there is an agency not on the list?
Please click on the link ÔÇťList of Approved AgenciesÔÇŁ and then ÔÇť▓Ţ┴˝╩ËĂÁsÔÇŁ to directly contact the Service Learning Coordinator. In order to nominate an agency that meets the Federal 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) designation for approval, please indicate the agency name.╠ř
12. What does 501(c)(3) and 501 (c)(4)╠řmean?
These are organizations recognized as exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code.