About Service Learning
The Service Learning Program seeks to provide students with a way to integrate coursework with community volunteer experience. Community organizations contribute by creating projects for student volunteers that meet the needs of the organization and the career goals of the student.
Service Learning is an experiential form of education that combines academic study, community service, and student reflections. Students select service projects that connect to their coursework, are of personal significance to them, and record their experience through reflection.
This website will serve as a place to connect with other SUNY Broome Service Learning students and faculty, learn about upcoming events, find resources and more.
Why Service Learning?
- Career Experience: Service Learning provides students with real life career experience relevant to your particular career path. Interested in becoming a teacher? Design lesson plans and teach students at a school district in Broome County. Whatever your interest the Service Learning Program has a project perfect for you.
- Voice: Frequently young adults express feelings of frustration at being disenfranchised in their local communities. Service Learning can help you gain a voice in your local community. By participating in local non-profits you will have an opportunity, not only to be heard, but to make a difference in your community.
- Change the World: If you are unhappy with the state of the world around you Service Learning gives you an opportunity to take an active role in the world around you. Unhappy with the unavailability of after school programs for youth in your neighborhood? With the Service Learning program you can make a difference in the lives of people around you.
How Does the Program Work?
Service Learning students choose a project in coordination with their faculty adviser that engages both their personal and professional interest. Projects should target disadvantaged populations either in Broome County or the home community of the student. Students are expected to complete approximately 25 hours of volunteer work during the course of the semester. Students are evaluated by their faculty adviser and supervisor at their community organization site.
How Do I Get Involved?
Students can participate in Service Learning as part of a Service Learning Course or as an independent study.
For more information on the service learning courses offered please see the Courses page or contact the Service Learning office.
If you are interested in participating in the Service Learning program, please contact Scott Corley.