As YSA gets ready for this year's National Conference on Volunteering and Service --June 17-20 in Chicago -- we offer a sneak-peak at one of YSA's special conference presentations, "Best Practices in Service-Learning: Engaging the Learner."
Susan Abravanel, YSA's Vice President of Education, will co-present with field expert Shelley Billig, and the pair will showcase Semester of Service™ program. Semester of Service participants apply knowledge and skills to solve problems of local, national, or global importance, through the development and implementation of high-quality service-learning projects that incorporate investigation, preparation and planning, action, reflection, and demonstration. Abravanel and Billig will also present outcomes and impact data collected from students, teachers and community partners participating in YSA programs.
“The success [of the program] is built on the model itself,” said Abravanel. “It emphasizes duration and intensity and deep learning. The longer the time our teachers and students are involved, the greater the outcomes for both the students and the community.”
Why does Semester of Service work? “Our program is successful because the model incorporates: duration and intensity, and includes building deep intensive relationships with educators along the way. They come to see YSA as 'the guide on the side' committed to enhancing the engagement of their students, and the quality of their teaching.”