School-to-work systems show young people how their classroom experiences relate to their work and to their lives, typically through internships, apprenticeships, or other work-based learning experiences. Other methods of positive youth development, such as service-learning, can also provide opportunities for the real world application of classroom-developed skills. As a work-based learning component in a school-to-work system, service-learning extends learning beyond the classroom into real world contexts where young people acquire not only basic math, science, English, and communication skills, but also broader problem-solving and decision-making skills. However, instead of focusing primarily on occupational skills sought by employers, service-learning addresses community issues and integrates academic learning with community service projects to develop these broader workplace competencies. In this respect, service-learning and school-to-work are linked through their efforts to connect young people with their communities--service-learning through community service and school-to-work through workforce participation.
The National School-To-Work Learning and Information Center, "School-to-Work and Service-Learning" (1996). School K-12. 17.