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NPCC’s Benefits of Service Learning? CU 7

NPCC Service learning benefits                                                                            numerous parties, from the colleges and universities to the agencies to the communities and society, but overall, it is the students who need and receive the most gain.  NPCC Service learning was introduced into colleges and universities on the premise that students would evince academic gains from their volunteering and internship efforts. Indeed, current research indicates that much can be derived from using volunteer work for educational purposes.

NPCC research indicates that the biggest problem students must overcome in school is alack of motivation. We found that boredom is probably a function of what seem too many students an unfathomable gap between the curriculum and their everyday lives. NPCC Community Service Learning provides the critical missing link for many students, an opportunity to apply academic learning to real human needs and to make the knowledge gained usable in one’s thinking beyond the situation in which the learning occurred.  NPCC Service learning combined with volunteer internship, provides students with the motivation necessary to put forth effort in academics, it gives them more opportunities to integrate and elaborate on their knowledge, and it increases the likelihood of transferring theoretical knowledge to actual practice.

In an article submitted to the NPCC, the gains of the NPCC Service Learning Program are described as unique and extremely beneficial.  We are listing some of the basics and highlights from the article. Briefly, recent research indicates that service learning can: increase students’ personal, interpersonal and social development, increase motivation, student engagement, and school attendance and, lead to new perspectives and more positive lifestyle choices and behavior.

CU 2NPCC Community service and volunteering refers to voluntary and unpaid acts of assistance performed by individuals, primarily to benefit others–most frequently, other members of one’s community. This can involve direct service to another individual, such as mentoring a child or spending time with the elderly, or it can be geared toward the general public good, such as caring for the environment. It can be as short term as serving food for a day at a neighborhood soup kitchen or as long term as committing to an ongoing tutoring program.

Unlike other service learning programs, many NPCC projects do not need to be tied to a particular preset goal (such as enriching the curricula), thus, there is a wider range and a greater number of options from which students can choose. As a result, these projects are more likely to reflect students’ personal choice and individual interests. Students may choose to engage in personal (without affiliation with or support from any particular service group), localized (working with organizations native and specific to the student’s community), or large-scale (organizations or initiatives whose reach and origin of participants extend to the statewide, national, or international levels).

Here are some examples of NPCC Volunteering and Community Service?

NPCC Personal Service:

Mentoring Students forms personal relationships with others who are younger or less experienced than themselves, and take personal investment in the success of the “mentee.” Mentors provide social support, guidance, and friendship while helping their mentees build their knowledge and skills. While the giving of one’s time is a large part of the commitment to mentoring, the most important part–and that which is believed to lead to the greatest success for both parties involved– is that the mentor develops a genuine interest and care in the life of the other. The mentee benefits from the support and the advice, while the mentor gains perspective and a sense of responsibility by having to take the life and   success of another person into consideration.

 

NPCC Spending the Day…Students can easily take a few hours out of their schedules to spend the day serving meals at a community soup kitchen, spending time with elderly community members who have limited regular social contact, or devoting a few hours to picking up the trash in a neighborhood park. The options are limitless, but the main goal is just to use a portion of time doing things to better one’s community. It is believed that participation in these activities can forge interpersonal bonds and foster senses of pride in and responsibility to one’s neighborhood.

 

NPCC Localized Efforts:CU 3

Religious Centers: Frequently, religious organizations (such as churches, temples, etc.) sponsor group volunteering efforts. The goal is to build fellowship with other members & congregants while providing a much needed service to the community. The services provided can be very wide ranging, although they often (but not always) tie into some religious theme. Students who involve themselves in such volunteering at the group level can take on larger and more complex goals, because there are more people to help accomplish them. Students also have opportunities to both lead and follow in such activities.

NPCC Extracurricular Groups in Schools:  These are groups which are created by or for the students, and are affiliated with the student’s school. Unlike service learning, however, participation in these groups is not mandatory; students join of their own free will, and organize and participate in activities on their own time. The intended reach of their volunteering can be limited to the school grounds and the student body, or it can include wider objectives, such as organizing neighborhood service events (collecting coats for children, creating community clean-up projects, etc.) or fundraising for a national cause (preventing the AIDS epidemic, helping the Hurricane Katrina victims, etc.).Generally, however, the projects are relatively small in scope, and directed by the groups’ personal interests.

CU 4NPCC Large-Scale Initiatives

National Service Days:  These can be instated by the national government or its various agencies, or created and advertised by special interest groups. The purpose behind this is to raise peoples’ awareness of the needs felt in their own communities, to get people volunteering on a nationwide level, and to encourage them to seek out ways of volunteering that they can continue beyond the one day. 

Benefits of NPCC Service Learning

Service-learning has potential benefits to everyone involved: students, faculty, and the community. 

Students

In service-learning classes can benefit academically, professionally, and personally. These are just a few of the ways:CU 1

  • Increase your understanding of the class topic

  • Gain hands-on experience (possibly leading to an internship or job later)

  • Explore or cement your values and beliefs

  • Have opportunities to act on your values and beliefs

  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities

  • Learn more about social issues and their root causes

  • Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change; become more flexible

  • Develop or enhance your skills, especially in the areas of communication, collaboration, and leadership

  • Test out your skills, interests, and values in a potential career path, or learn more about a field that interests you

  • Connect with professionals and community members who you will learn from

  • Grow a professional network of people you might connect with again later for jobs or internships

  • Satisfy your urge toward public service or civic participation

 

Faculty:

CU 6Can benefit personally and professionally from NPCC Integrating Service Learning into courses; teaching with service-learning can:

  • Encourage interactive teaching methods and reciprocal learning between students and faculty

  • Add new insights and dimensions to class discussions

  • Lead to new avenues for research and publication

  • Promote students’ active learning; engage students with different learning styles

  • Help students achieve the your college’s or university’s undergraduate learning and development outcomes

  • Develop students’ civic and leadership skills

  • Boost course enrollment by attracting highly motivated and engaged students

  • Provide networking opportunities with engaged faculty in other disciplines

  • Foster relationships between faculty and your community organizations, which can open other opportunities for collaborative work

  • Provide firsthand knowledge of community issues; provide opportunities to be more involved in community issues

 

NPCC Community Partners and other Organization Members:

Participating in service-learning can benefit in these ways:OMP 6

  • Gain additional human resources needed to achieve organizational goals

  • Inject new energy, enthusiasm, and perspectives into the organization’s work

  • Grow the organization’s volunteer pool: service-learning students will share their experiences with friends and classmates

  • Increase public awareness of key issues

  • Reach out to youth—an important part of any organization’s future support

  • Educate students/youth about community issues; correct any misperceptions

  • Help prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s civic leaders

  • Network with colleagues in other organizations and agencies

  • Identify and access other university resources; build relationships with the college or university faculty, students, and staff

 

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