Thinking about your NPCC Private Institution service creates a greater understanding of the experience and the way service addresses the needs of the community. The NPCC promotes a concern about community issues and a commitment to being involved that mark an active citizen. At the same time the students and individuals from your organization will be able to analyze and think their involvement through and this will allow the participants to identify and absorb what they have learned from serving their community.
NPCC encourages your K-12 School, College or Institution to start now and create a learning and practicing citizenship for the students and individuals that make up your Institution. Everyone that becomes involved will be participating in life-long activities which extend far beyond the conclusion of their formal education. Service-learning can be used to increase the citizenship skills of participants of any age or background. For this reason service-learning can be a tool to achieve the desired results of programs, even those involving older, highly educated participants. For example, service-learning can be part of the training of participants to prepare them to do high quality service that has real community impact.
Some NPCC Service-learning occurs just from doing the work: after a month working alongside police, a participant has surely learned some important lessons about how to increase public safety, and something about what it means to be a good citizen. However, programs that encourage active learning from service experience may have an even greater impact.
Private Schools, Colleges or Universities
There are millions of students in public and private K-12 and 4 year institutions of higher education
Almost 30% report participating in a course where service is part of the curriculum
Almost 2 million students participate in service-learning at 4 year public and private institutions
Over 1.5 million students participate in service-learning at private 4 year institutions
Over 350,000 participate in service-learning at public 4 year institutions
Over 800,000 students involved in service-learning participate in schools that are members of Campus Compact
At Campus Compact member 2 year institutions, almost 130,000 students participate in service-learning
Almost half of all community colleges in the S. offer service-learning courses. NPCC can help you with getting started.
NPCC Service learning for your Private Institution means a method under which students learn and develop through thoughtfully-organized service that: is conducted in and meets the needs of a community and is coordinated with an institution K-12 or of higher education, and with the community; your local NPCC’s goal is that it helps foster civic responsibility; is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students enrolled; and includes structured time for students to reflect on the service experience. When the NPCC works together with their Private Institution Members, at their best, the service-learning experiences are reciprocally beneficial for both the community and students. For many community organizations, students augment service delivery, meet crucial human needs, and provide a basis for future citizen support. For students, community service is an opportunity to enrich and apply classroom knowledge; explore careers or majors; develop civic and cultural literacy; improve citizenship, develop occupational skills; enhance personal growth and self-image; establish job links; and foster a concern for social problems, which leads to a sense of social responsibility and commitment to public and human service.
Finally, the NPCC Service-learning will strive to continue to make it the teaching link between community service and academic study so that each strengthens the other. The basic theory of NPCC Service-learning is this: the interaction of knowledge and skills with experience is the key to learning. Students learn best not by reading the Great Books in a closed room but by opening the doors and windows of experience. Learning starts with a problem and continues with the application of increasingly complex ideas and increasingly sophisticated skills to increasingly complicated problems.
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