Service Learning Projects
Service Learning in 4-H
- Set objectives for skills to be learned or issues to consider. Plan the project so that learning takes place at the same time work gets done.
- Perform the service.
- Analyze the experience and draw lessons through discussion with others and reflection on the work.
Key Components of 4-H Service Learning
- Integrates Learning
Learning is integrated into relevant content (often 4-H project-based). The service informs content and the content informs service.
- Meets Genuine Needs
Youth identify and learn about a recognized need in their community.
- Promotes Youth Voice and Choice
Youth demonstrate decision making in a safe environment that allows them to make mistakes and still succeed.
- Creates Partnerships
Youth participate in the development of community partnerships and share responsibility with community members.
- Benefits Everyone
Mutual teaching and learning, and shared responsibility benefit all participants in the service learning experience.
- Builds Civic Responsibility
Young people understand they have a role in improving society, and are empowered by their ability to improve the quality of life in the community.
Use our Service Learning resourcesto assist you in implementing a Service Learning project:
Service Learning Toolkit - online toolkit of instructions and resources
The Key components of 4-H Service Learning (PDF)