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

  1. 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.
  2. Perform the service.
  3. 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.



The 4-H name and emblem service marks are protected under 18 U.S.C. 707.
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