Interested in Service Learning Classes?
For students, choosing classes that contain a service learning component brings them out of the classroom and into the community.
Every semester, there are a variety of courses at UNO that incorporate service learning. Students like you are given the opportunity to apply classroom curriculum to actual community needs. The opportunities provide a means of learning about the surrounding community and the organizations that serve those in need and take on important issues within the community. By doing your part, you will strengthen skills that will help you progress through your studies and/or career.
Monday, Oct. 22
College Prep and Family Learning
Students from Dr. Sandra Rodriguez Arroyo's Introduction to Teaching ESL course will host families from the Learning Community Center of South Omaha (LCC) at UNOís Dodge Campus. Students will enjoy dinner with the LCC families and assist with a tour of the campus to better acquaint families with university life.
Tuesday, Oct. 23
College Prep and Family Learning
Students from Dr. Dawn Mathisí Introduction to Teaching ESL course will join their partnering families from the Learning Community Center of South Omaha (LCC) at UNOís campus. They will visit the Dodge Campus, have dinner together, and receive a tour of the campus lead by the UNO students.
Sensory Festival Tour and Crafts
UNO students from Instructor Jeff Knappís Social Work 1500 course will visit JP Lord School to take a tour and meet with students. JP Lord School is part of Omaha Public Schools and provides educational opportunities for students age 5-21. Students will work together to create harvest-themed crafts. UNO students will work with gifted eighth graders from Norris Middle School to plan the Sensory Festival for JP Lord School students and their families in November.
Reality Bites will meet for their final celebration on Tuesday. Throughout the semester, students of Professor Strasserís UNO Laboratory in Psychology course and Ms. Noelleís Blackburn psychology course have met at the Nebraska Humane Society to learn about data collection and shaping animal behaviors. During the final celebration, students will present their research reports about their experience.
Elementary students in Ms. Metheís Montessori Co-Op class and UNO students of Instructor Bowenís photography class will meet at Bryan High School to learn more about their indoor gardening and hydroponics system. UNO students will also be photographing the site throughout the tour. Their final photographs will help serve the needs of No More Empty Pots by giving the organization new story-telling material for its upcoming Food Hub location.
Sustainable Materials Management
Students from Professor Steve Rodieís Landscape Appreciation course and Mrs. Rachael Arensí Omaha Northwest AP Environmental Science students will sort through waste in UNOís Milo Bail Student Center to determine where there are opportunities to divert waste from the landfills. This P-16 service learning project highlights environmental sustainability and STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). This project reinforces classroom curriculum for UNO and ONW students by further learning about sustainable materials management techniques in a real-world setting.
TLC and NorthStar
Thompson Learning Community and NorthStar Foundation UNO students from the Thompson Learning Community, led by Assistant Director Katrina Brooks, will meet with NorthStar Foundation students at NorthStar. Discussions about scholarship and TLC along with goal-setting and beginning vision boards will be the focus of the gathering.
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Heartland Family Service - Family Works
UNO students from Instructor Jeff Knappís Social Work and Civic Engagement course are gaining knowledge and experience in substance abuse treatment by working with the Family Works program though Heartland Family Service. UNO students observe and assist in a Parenting Class, Adult Group, infant/toddler care and Kids Club each Wednesday night. They also complete weekly supervision to learn about substance abuse and residential treatment.
Food for Thought
Food for Thought is a P-16 service-learning project that is entering its eighth year of existence. Students from Instructor Jeff Knappís Social Work and Civic Engagement course visit Adams Community Centerís Senior Program each Wednesday with Blackburn Alternative Program. Each week, students from Blackburnís foods and culinary programs prepare a meal for Adamís Center seniors to serve over the lunch hour. During this time, students are able to form intergenerational relationships between Blackburn students, UNO students, and the seniors through their interactions over lunch and games. Students serve, assist, and socialize with the seniors to learn more about them and build these relationships.
Communications & Leadership
UNO students from Professor Thompsonís Interpersonal Skills for Engineering will collaborate with the Field Club 5th grade students from the after-school program Completely Kids to develop and practice different leadership and communication skills through various activities and reflection pieces prepared by the UNO students. For this weekís skill, UNO and Field Club students will be working together on vision and goals.
Wildlife Safari Water Quality Project
Northwest High School students from Ms. Benzoniís Chemistry class will visit Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park & Wildlife Safari for their service-learning project. After collecting macroinvertebrate and water samples from the Pawnee River, Northwest students will come to UNO to work with UNO students in the lab. UNO and Northwest students will share their water quality test findings with the Wildlife Safari Park and Henry Doorly Zoo representatives on November 28.
Sixth-graders from Ms. Brownís St. James Seton science class will visit UNO to celebrate the conclusion of their service learning project along with their corresponding UNO partners, Professor Strasserís Animal Behavior Laboratory students. A poster session will be held, where students will present their final research projects. Aided by the sixth-graders, UNO students will demonstrate their research findings by providing potential reasoning for abnormalities found in behaviors of specific species at the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Westside Boys and Girls Club
The Westside Boys and Girls Club service learning project continues to demonstrate the importance of mentoring relationships among youth. UNO students from Professor McKevittís Psychology in the Schools will return to the club on Wednesday to individually re-partner with their assigned elementary-aged students and provide one-on-one mentoring for reading and reading comprehension.
Black Experience in American Politics
Students from Mr. Preston Love Jrís. Class and students from Benson High School will meet at Benson to discuss their project for the semester. Students will train Benson students how to conduct surveys and go over the survey their course created for the semester. Benson students will go out and collect data, which will then be analyzed by UNO students. They will prepare this information for their final event to be presented.
Thursday, Oct. 25
Nelson Mandela Elementary
As a part of a P-16 service-learning project, UNO students from Instructor Jeff Knappís Social Work and Civic Engagement course will be meeting weekly with scholars at Nelson Mandela Elementary. UNO students engage scholars in social skills groups, activities for executive functioning, as well as STEM-focused after-school programming. They will be at Nelson Mandela from 3:30 pm ñ 6:00 pm today. The semester project will also include UNO students assisting with the Family Resource Night held in October and developing a resource brochure for the families of the scholars.
Students from Instructor Bowenís UNO Photography class will travel to Montessori Co-Op to meet with their K-12 partners. Together, the students will reflect on their experience so far in the semester. UNO students also plan to present each of their favorite photographs of No More Empty Pots, so Montessori students can choose which photograph they would like to include in their final creative writing project. Both the photographs and creative writing pieces will be featured at No More Empty Potsí new Food Hub location.
Friday, Oct. 26
Alliance for a Better Omaha
As a part of a P-16 service-learning project, UNO students from Instructor Jeff Knappís Social Work and Civic Engagement course will be meeting weekly with Alliance for a Better Omaha. Alliance is a collective impact partnership between Together, Inc., Heart Ministry Center, and Food Bank for the Heartland. On Tuesdays, UNO students will be at Together, Inc. from 10:30 am ñ 12:00 pm. For this project, UNO students will provide service hours at the food pantry. They will also work collaboratively with the nutritionist at Together and clients of the food pantry to create a nutrition guide and cookbook based on SNAP and food pantry items. The final printed book will be made available to support the clients of the food bank.
Students from Northwest High School and Instructor Warehimeís Stress Management course will be heading to Adams Park Community Center for a tour and hike. While there, the students will help Adams Park identify their target audience for new stress and fitness programs.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Down Syndrome Alliance
As a part of a P-16 service learning project, UNO students from Instructor Jeff Knappís Social Work and Civic Engagement course will be meeting weekly with the School Enrichment Academy, facilitated by the Down Syndrome Alliance of the Midlands, in partnership with the Little Leaf Learning Center. The School Enrichment Academy is for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade and meets during the school year on Sundays from 4:00 pm ñ 6:00 pm. UNO Students will help with tutoring based upon an established curriculum. Learning objectives include sight words, spelling, literacy, math skills, handwriting, and more. UNO students will also be helping in the setting up for Down Syndrome Walk and family festival.
Prime Time Story Time
UNO graduate students from Dr. Mitzi Ritzmanís Language Disorders: Birth to 5 course will visit the Charles B. Washington Branch of the Omaha Public Library to take part in the Prime Time Family Reading Program from 9:30 ñ 11:30am. UNO students will implement the lesson plans they created and read their selected books with children ages 6-10 and their families. This weekís book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., and John Archambault. Families may contact the Charles B. Washington Branch at (402) 444-4849 to register.
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