Service learning is an experiential method of teaching. Collaborative partnerships between faculty, students and community organizations create projects that are tightly linked to course content and promote academic learning, while meeting the needs of the community. Reflection activities before, during, and after each experience (project) facilitate critical thinking and problem solving. Community partners become “teachers of context,” by sharing the perspective of constituencies in the community that they represent, thus expanding students’ world views.
The UNO Service Learning Academy develops and maintains relationships with the Greater Omaha community, as well as government entities and others who serve the good of the community. This liaison function stays abreast of community trends, collaborations, resources and needs while serving as a bridge between scholarship and community. Contact the Service Learning Academy for assistance.
Benefits to Community Partners
As a community partner, your organization:
- Provides additional resources and information to community organizations
- Helps students become invested in their community and in the particular partner organization (civic attitudes)
- Helps community members to value youth as contributors
- Recognition of projects in local/social media
- Nominations for ServeNebraska Awards
- Nominations for Regional Awards
- Support for other recognitions/grant applications
Additional benefits to organizations and the community:
Fills gaps in community resources
Develops sustainable relationships among all players so that collaboration can be more fluid in the future
Increased exposure to more people about your organization and your work
Connecting with UNO for Service Learning Opportunities
If you are an area community organization, government agency, small business, or P-16 educator insterested in exploring how to partner with a service learning course, please contact Kirsten Case, Service Learning Academy Community Liaison at 402.554.4043 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Service Learning Academy is excited to work with you to explore and develop partnerships to help meet community identified needs and develop service learning courses.
The Service Learning Academy will provide individual introduction for UNO faculty, P-16 partners and community/government entity partners as a way to facilitate partnerships.
Connect to UNO via Engage
Engage is UNO’s official one-stop shop for students, faculty, and staff to easily find information on all of the involvement opportunities available to the UNO community. With information about the 150+ student organizations, 20+ campus departments, and many service opportunities in the Omaha community, Engage is a great tool to use when you’re looking to get connected.
Engage is great for organizations. Student organizations and departments use Engage to communicate internally among members and share information externally with the UNO community.
If you are an organization interested in connecting with student volunteers but do not have a Engage account please contact the Weitz CEC at email@example.com
Eight Standards of Service Learning
The National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) has established a set of eight standards as a guide to quality service learning. While they are targeted to the K-12 education audience, they are adaptable to higher education environment and to the understanding of community partners, as well. Learn more about these standards.
1. Meaningful service
2. Link to curriculum
5. Youth Voice
7. Progress monitoring
8. Duration and intensity