Equity & Excellence in Education
Service-learning is a method
• by which young people learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and community;
• that is integrated into the young person's academic curriculum or provides structured time for a young person to think, talk, or write about what he/ she did and saw during the actual service activity;
• that provides young people with opportunities to use newly acquired academic skills and knowledge in real-life situations in their own communities; and
• that enhances what is taught in the school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community and helps to foster the development of a sense of caring for others.
Alliance for Service Learning in Education Reform, "Standards of Quality for School-Based Service Learning" (1993). Service Learning, General. 4.