Since 1998, Chicago Public Schools has required students to complete service-learning in order to graduate. Service-learning is a teaching strategy that connects classroom curriculum with service projects. Service-learning engages students in projects that serve the community while building social, civic, and academic skills.
Here's what can happen through a quality service-learning experience. As a student, you can:
- Get your voice heard on what matters in your community and what problems should be addressed;
- Learn effective problem solving, critical thinking, and project management skills;
- Strengthen your academic, civic, and social skills;
- Make academic content more relevant and practical...you get to use what you're learning;
- Learn about potential careers by completing a project in collaboration with a community organization;
- Meet amazing people who you wouldn't ordinarily get to meet. They'll stretch the way you think about the world;
- Gain a sense of accomplishment. You too can help change the world;
- Do something good for your community and for yourself.