Service Learning Student Page
Young people are the heart of democratic society, and our schools should be spaces for you to grow and share the perspective, critical analysis, and vision that our world needs.
Service Learning allows you to dig into the real-world relevance of your academic learning, as you explore the questions and experience the responsibilities of democratic life. Through learning more about current events, research into root causes of social issues, discussion on controversial topics, taking on service and action projects, and powerful partnerships with other students in Chicago and across the globe, you are becoming leaders and changemakers.
Whereas traditional community service is often limited to one-day projects, without engaging our imagination and our power, Service Learning helps us grow the skills in communicating, analyzing, and organizing that enable us to dream and create a better world.
Service Learning connects your classroom learning with the assets, stories, and issues that matter to you. With the new CPS Service Learning policy, teachers will include opportunities to connect classroom learning to community issues through Service Learning projects.Whether you are in Math class or P.E., World History or Spanish, you are applying what you learn in class to real-world problem solving and contributing to the common good.
The district requirement is 2 classroom-based Service Learning projects, one in Civics or AP Government and one in another class. While every project will be different, all projects must connect to the curriculum, involve student voice, and include preparation, action, and reflection. As more and more teachers incorporate Service Learning projects in their classes, you will carry out more projects than this requirement – and you will make more and more of an impact on the world.
Taking it Further
Chicago is home to a vibrant civic life, with a vast array of community organizations and opportunities for students to get involved. Check out the Community Events Calendar, Community Partners List, and Current Youth Leadership Opportunities for more resources. For students who make community engagement a priority, your out-of-class volunteering and leadership will be recorded on your transcripts in the Awards and Honors section. This will allow you to share your experiences and service with prospective universities and employers.