WHAT IS SERVICE LEARNING?

Service-learning refers to learning that actively involves students in a wide range of experiences, which often benefit others and the community, while also advancing the goals of a given curriculum.

Community-based service activities are paired with structured preparation and student reflection. What is unique about service learning is that it offers direct application of theoretical models. Proponents of academic service learning feel that the real-world application of classroom knowledge in a community setting allows students to synthesize course material in more meaningful ways.  Common goals achieved by service learning include: gaining a deeper understanding of the course/curricular content, a broader appreciation of the discipline and an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.

Student Ambassador Leadership Team (SALT)

SALT team members are graduates of the Youth Leadership Institute of Erie leadership development training program who assist in the creation and implementation of intellectually-stimulating and community-building programs for all students. As a member of this team, students can expect to receive ongoing leadership and professional development training.

This volunteer experience is confirmed for one year as a high school student and must be renewed each year. The time commitment will vary depending on the number of programs the team creates. Team members will also be asked to serve on a sub-committee that meets once or twice a month.

Responsibilities of a SALT Team Member

I. Serve as an ambassador for the Leadership Program.

II. Serve as a community-builder for the Leadership Program.

III. Serve as a team player.

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INTERESTED IN GETTING YOUR AGENCY INVOLVED?

If you are interested in a service learning project please click on the word document link below. You can then fill out the form and send it to Edison Nicholson at the email address that is also listed below. Selected projects will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 1:00 p.m. We are eager to serve your organization as you have served so many in the Erie area. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Edison Nicholson at enicholson@ylierie.org.