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