Service learning provides an opportunity for college students to experience classroom curriculum in a real-life setting. In addition, service learning provides the community with services otherwise not available. Such a program has been designed to assist with reduction of violence in the schools while simultaneously allowing college students to experience, hands-on, the people and issues they are studying. In this program, students in an adolescent development course were trained in a six-week group intervention aimed at building skills for positive communication, resolving differences, and preventing violence. A specific protocol involving skill-building exercises, role-plays, discussion. and at-home assignments was followed. Specific issues of program design and implementation, its benefits, outcome information, student commentary, and future directions for this project are discussed.
Paul, Patrice; Sexton-Radek, Kathy; Adickas, Janina; and Fousek, Bridget, "The Use of Service Learning to Promote Understanding of Gang-Related Issues Faced by Adolescents" (1999). School K-12. 34.