4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
University of California
4-H Youth Development Program

Service Learning Projects

Service Learning in 4-H

Building Picnic Tables for Siskiyou Park Area
Building Picnic Tables for Siskiyou Park Area
4-H service-learning combines service and learning objectives with the intent that the activity changes both the recipient and the provider of the service. It involves active learning - drawing lessons from the experience of performing service work.  There are three basic components to effective service-learning:

  • First, 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.
  • Second, perform the service.
  • Third, analyze the experience and draw lessons through discussion with others and reflection on the work.


Service-learning is supported within 4-H through:

Helpful service-learning tools for youth and volunteer leaders are the Service Learning Planning Guide and Service Learning Coaches Manual.  The Key Components of 4-H Service Learning is another useful tool. Tips from these guides will help you as you plan your service project.

Evaluate your project to make sure it has all the elements of a service-learning project.  Decide which of the statements is true for each characteristic and put the corresponding number in the "points scored" column.  Total your points with a goal of reaching between 26 and 32 points.

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