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Discover, design, develop, implement, and evaluate a service learning project based on an authentic community need in a local organization. Working closely with community partners, students identify issues that can be addressed through hands-on projects. With these projects, Champlain College students do not have to wait to be contributors to their communities. They go out and make an impact right now.
Our students have:
These projects have provided an opportunity for area youth to show leadership within their communities. Most importantly, these projects ensure that Champlain College preservice teachers demonstrate the ability to work as a team member and advocate for students and families.
This experience is often transformative for students as they develop an identity more inclusive of diversity and more aware of their own capacity to make a change. One student noted that:
"This class was unlike any other that I have previously taken in my college career. I was not expecting to take a class like this or do a project that required so much work. This project was great and really opened my eyes to the possibilities that I may approach when I become a teacher. I know from experience now what students are capable of when they set their minds to something."
Another student echoed these remarks when he noted that:
"The experience really gave me confidence once we started seeing some of the students begin to become advocates for our cause, and the wave that created in instilling a community ideal."
Another student said:
"I am honored and proud to be able to say I had a hand in laying the groundwork for this awesome opportunity, and to be able to say I learned as much as these kids did about the different stories, hardships, unique customs, and also about the deeper similarities these kids and their families have gone through. I am even more honored to be able to say I had a hand, however small, in a project that bolstered community awareness, ethnic tolerance, and understanding between young people of all different races, creeds, and colors."