This bibliography highlights a few Learn and Serve America Programs as well as provides resources for organization, school, and university practitioners who are interested in fostering service-learning partnerships.
Source: National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, July 2007.
Learn and Serve America Grantee Program Examples
Youth to College Initiative (Y2C)
This program is designed to increase college readiness among youth from disadvantaged situations. There is a considerable gap in educational attainment levels among racial and ethnic groups. To address these issues, the Y2C Initiative will involve a minimum of 900 faculty and 15,000 college students and youth in service-learning projects and trainings over three years.
Contact Information: Elaine Ikeda, San Francisco State University, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132.
Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute
Central New Mexico Community College (CNMCC) will provide four subgrants to New Mexico colleges to support 800 participants in service-learning projects. The Learn and Serve projects will focus on developing mentoring opportunities between college and high school students, reducing juvenile delinquency rates of disadvantaged youth, improving reading and math literacy, and improving opportunities for citizens in rural areas to enroll in college.
Contact Information: Rudy M. Garcia, Albuquerque Technical Vocational Institute, 525 Buena Vista Southeast, Albuquerque, NM 87106.
Southern Oregon University
Through this Learn and Serve America grant, Southern Oregon University (SOU) students will serve as tutors and mentors to the Hispanic Academic Outreach program. They will assist 300 high-risk Hispanic students to achieve outcomes of increased rates of retention, high school graduation, enrollment in college-track coursework, and participation in higher education. Contact Information: Barbara Scott, Southern Oregon University, 1250 Siskiyou Boulevard, Ashland, OR 97520.
Conrad, Jill and Jennifer Vadeboncoueur. Colorado Learn and Serve K-16 Service Learning Partnership Evaluation, 1996-97. Denver, CO : Colorado Department of Education, 1997.
This program report evaluates six K-16 service-learning partnerships that had the goal of instituting meaningful collaborative efforts between K-12 schools and higher education institutions.
ECS (Education Commission of the States). Promising Practice for K-16 Project Connect: School University Collaboration for Service-Learning. Denver, CO : Education Commission of the States, 2000.
This paper describes the authors' experiences as a professor and teacher involved in Project Connect, an online collaborative service-learning project between pre-service teachers at Western Washington University and 8th grade students at Fairhaven Middle School in Bellingham ( Washington ) Public School District.. This paper describes the project's rationale, outlines how the project actually worked and reports outcomes for each set of students. It also provides recommendations for helping others create similar collaborations.
Mihalynuk, Tanis Vye & Sarena D. Seifer. Partnerships for Higher Education Service-Learning. Scotts Valley, CA: National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, 2002.
This document focuses on service-learning partnerships between faculty and community agency staff, and between academic institution and community agency. It is written for administrators, faculty and staff from colleges and universities who seek to strengthen their service-learning partnerships.
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. Building Effective Partnerships for Service-Learning. Scotts Valley, CA: National Service-Learning Clearinghouse.
Effective partnerships between agencies, schools, colleges or universities, businesses, government, and residents for the benefit of the community are a vital part of youth service in America. This fact sheet gives an overview of the benefits and process of developing partnerships.
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse. School/Community Partnerships: Selected Resources. Scotts Valley, CA: National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, 2006.
This bibliography lists online and print resources on partnerships between schools and communities.
Nitschke-Shaw, Debra and Terry Pickeral. K-H Partnerships Tool Kit. Concord, NH : Campus Compact for New Hampshire, 2000.
The focus of this publication is development and support of K-12 school partnerships with higher education institutions. The Tool Kit includes: elements of effective K-H partnerships, resources for developing these partnerships and activities to sustain them. This publication is valuable for both existing and developing K-H partnerships.
Pickeral, Terry. " Partnerships with Elementary and Secondary Education." In Building Partnerships for Service-Learning. Indianapolis, IN : Jossey-Bass Publishers, 2003.
This book chapter proposes that higher education institutions must extend and enhance their partnerships with elementary and secondary schools to advance service-learning on both levels. The chapter examines higher education/K-12 partnerships, with an emphasis on how service-learning enhances partnerships. Policy implications, examples, challenges, strategies, and recommendations for moving partnerships to greater depth, scope, quality, and reciprocity are also covered. The chapter concludes with a view of the future based on the concept of partnerships beginning at the preschool level and extending beyond the baccalaureate.
Sandy, Marie. Community Voices: A California Campus Compact Study on Partnerships, Final Report. San Francisco : California Campus Compact, 2007.
This study grew out of a conversation among service-learning practitioners at a retreat hosted by California Campus Compact. "What do our community partners think about service-learning? We think they are benefiting, but how do we know? Why do they choose to partner with us in the first place?" While reciprocity of benefits for the community has long been an intended hallmark of service-learning practice, service-learning practitioners often do not know if, when and how this is achieved
Sandy, Marie and Barbara A. Holland. Different Worlds and Common Ground: Community Partner Perspectives on Campus-Community Partnerships. Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, v.13(1), Fall 2006, 30-43.
This qualitative study includes focus group research involving 99 experienced community partners across eight California communities using community-based research techniques to capture community voices about their service-learning partnerships with different colleges and universities.
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