New Application


As the service-learning project comes to a close, efforts need to be made to help youth continue to use their new knowledge and skills to make decisions, solve problems and grow as caring, contributing members of their communities. Oftentimes, application questions are used to help guide members to summarize their experience and then take it to the next level by applying the experience to their thoughts and actions. Students should take what they learned and apply it to their own lives and projects. An application project may be a follow-up experience or reflection exercise. The following are ideas to promote new application:

  • Create a skit showing what the youth learned during the activity.
  • Design a solution to the problem/issue that could be implemented in the community.
  • Demonstrate what behavioral changes they have made in response to the activity.
  • Design an advocacy piece on what was learned.
  • Start a new project highlighting the new knowledge gained in the service-learning project.
  • Utilize the skills in other service-learning projects and related projects.

Well-implemented service-learning fosters benefits for young people, their families, educational institutions and community organizations. Young people apply what they learned in new settings far beyond their service-learning project, the impact service-learning has on young people's learning and development, especially academic gain and civic preparation. Youth benefit from applying new information and skills in the following ways:

  • Academic Benefits. Service-learning supports young people in mastering important curriculum content by helping them make meaningful connections between what they are studying and its many applications.
  • Civic Engagement Benefits. Service-learning allows young people to explore and develop skills for a range of ways to serve, including acts of kindness and caring, community stewardship and civic action.
  • Social Benefits. Service-learning offers young people a holistic learning experience that can increase their engagement in learning, provide them access to adult mentors, bolster their self-confidence and enhance their preparation for the world of work.

Through new application, service-learning impacts go beyond the service experience to benefit the youth, their families, and communities.

5/29/2009 8:33:53 PM
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