Activism and Service Learning

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These sites offer great examples of service-learning projects and ways to encourage activism and civic responsibility in children.



Community Lessons: Promising Curriculum Practices A downloadable publication from the Massachusetts Department of Education that highlights a variety of service-learning exercises used in Massachusetts schools.

Do Something Encourages young people to get involved in volunteerism. Site offers a variety of suggestions for projects and ways to get involved and includes a searchable database to find local volunteer opportunities.

Families with Purpose Contains ideas and links to resources for community service projects for kids and families.

generationOn Offers ideas, resources, and lesson plans to encourage children and youth to create meaningful change in the world. Includes sections for kids, teens, parents, and teachers.

Heifer International Heifer International offers gifts of livestock and training to empower families and help them move toward self-reliance. The education section of this website offers multiple classroom resources, including lesson plans and games, information about service-learning programs, and the Read to Feed reading incentive program.

Human Rights Education Associates Site features a Learning Centre and a Resource Centre, with links to articles, resources, and materials focused on human rights education. Also offers a downloadable manual, “Human Rights and Service Learning: Lesson Plans and Projects,” developed by HREA and Amnesty International-USA.

Innovations in Civic Participation ICP is a nonprofit organization that promotes the development of innovative service-learning and civic engagement programs for youth worldwide. Site includes links to projects and other resources.

Kids’ Consortium Includes links to pages on service-learning project ideas and extensive lists of resources, arranged by topic.

Learning to Give Searchable database of more than 1,400 lessons for K–12 students focused on giving, volunteerism, civic engagement, and developing character through service learning.

National Youth Leadership Council Contains a variety of materials related to service learning, including a searchable resource library and a slideshow that defines the elements of service learning.

Points of Light Institute Points of Light is the largest volunteer management and civic engagement organization in the United States. Through its HandsOn Network, MissionFish, and Civic Incubator programs, this group helps build capacity, coordinate volunteer efforts, facilitate charitable contributions, and encourage structural thinking and evaluation of new ideas and civic solutions.

Resources on Service Learning and Community Service This 2010 New York Times Learning Network article includes links to lesson plans and other articles and resources.

Roots and Shoots Roots and Shoots is a program of the Jane Goodall Institute that empowers children and youth through service-learning projects. Site includes sections for kids and teens, group leaders, educators, parents, and college students.

Service and Learning Leadership Team SALLT encourages service learning for youth in a Christian environment. Site includes ideas for service-learning projects and links to other resources.

Service-Learning Ideas and Curricular Examples National Service-Learning Clearinghouse’s searchable database of service-learning lesson plans and project ideas, organized by grade level.

Service Learning Projects Links to descriptions of multiple school-based service-learning projects from the Maryland State Department of Education, presented by subject area.

VolunteerMatch Offers a database of volunteer opportunities, searchable by location or by subject area.

Youth Service America Site features links to a number of resources and project ideas, including the downloadable “Semester of Service Strategy Guide” and ServeNet, a searchable database of volunteer activities.