Service Learning

What is Service Learning?

Service learning is a teaching and learning strategy integrating meaningful community service with academic study and reflective practice. It aims to enrich learning, build civic engagement, and strengthen communities.1

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  • Service Learning Tour
    Learn why service learning is important and how it can make a difference in your community. The Service Learning Tour also includes links to additional resources and take action projects.
  • Service Learning Resources
    Find a wide variety of videos, books, websites, and interactive technologies about service learning.

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Related Facing the Future Resources

Service Learning Readings
chapter 24 of our high school text, Exploring Global Issues unit 7 of our supplemental high school text, It's All Connected
chapter 9 of our middle school text, Global Issues and Sustainable Solutions

chapter 9 of our intermediate ELL text, Making Connections


Service Learning Lessons


  • Bio-poem (Grades 9-12)
    Students create a concept map that illustrates their strengths, interests, and the factors that have encouraged these strengths and gifts. They then create a bio-poem that describes who they are and the future they desire.
  • Creating Our Future (Grades 9-12)
    How do we create a just and humane world for ourselves and for future generations? Students identify and plan what they want their future to look like. Using an action planning model, students visualize their desired future, identify objectives, develop a plan to address local and global issues, and implement their vision through action and service learning.
  • The Fight to Help Haiti (Grades 9-12)
    Students discover what makes for effective action by investigating the work of 4 disaster relief organizations in Haiti after the country experienced a devastating earthquake in 2010. In small groups, they examine the accomplishments and limitations of 1 of these organizations. As a class, they will present their findings as well as brainstorm how they would choose to run a disaster relief organization based upon lessons learned in Haiti.
  • Taking Action! (Grades 5-8)
    This project allows students to participate in a proven solution to help snow leopards, while also supporting people living in poverty who share the snow leopards’ habitat. Students determine how they could most effectively support Snow Leopard Enterprises, a conservation project of Snow Leopard Trust. By participating in this service learning project, students can also earn money to support any conservation, community, or school project of their choosing.
  • Thirty Days for Change (Grades 9-12)
    Students identify a personal action or habit that they can create to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.They will then participate in a 30-day Sustainability Challenge in which they try to make this personal action a habit. Each week of the challenge, students will meet with group members for encouragement and accountability.
  • Responsibility & Teamwork (Grades K-3)
    This series of three activities begins with a role-play in which students work as a group to devise rules to solve a problem. Students explore the ideas of responsibility and teamwork by identifying a problem at their school and determining how they can solve the problem together.

About Us

We equip and motivate students to develop critical thinking skills, build global awareness, and engage in positive solutions for a sustainable future through hands-on curricula and professional learning.

Facing the Future is an
independent program of WWU