Monday, November 30, 2009

Service-Learning news from YSA

Webinar: Semester of Service, A Semester of Learning
Thursday, December 10 - - - 3pm ET
Presenter: Susan Abravanel, Vice President of Education, Youth Service America
Semester of Service links prominent national service events - such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and Global Youth Service Day - through an extended service-learning framework of at least 70 hours. Young people ages 5-25, spend the "semester" addressing a meaningful community need connected to intentional learning goals and/or academic standards. Semester of Service emphasizes "Duration and Intensity", enriching the experience by providing participants with enough time to incorporate the five stages of service-learning: Investigation, Preparation & Planning, Action, Reflection, and Demonstration/Celebration.
This webinar will provide an introduction to Semester of Service, the IPARDC process, and YSA's tools and resources - including the new Semester of Service Strategy Guide and the GoToServiceLearning lesson plan database.
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Webinar: Connecting Your Service-Learning Projects to National Days of Service
Thursday, December 17 - - - 3pm ET
Presenter: Karen Daniel, Vice President of Engagement, Youth Service America
The time period of Semester of Service and the National Learn and Serve Challenge includes several national days of service, including as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Cesar Chavez Day, Earth Day, and Global Youth Service Day. This webinar will provide an introduction to key days of service, how to leverage these days to bring added publicity and resources for your program, and how to utilize these days as key points in the IPARDC process - for example, investigative activities on MLK Day activities and demonstration & celebration activities on Global Youth Service Day.
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Global Youth Service Day & Semester of Service Posters
2010 Global Youth Service Day posters (left) and Semester of Service poster-calendars (right) are now available. The front side of the Semester of Service poster is a November - June planning calendar with major days of service. The back side of the poster is a Semester of Service planning outline, with suggested activities for each step in the IPARDC (Investigation, Preparation & Planning, Action, Reflection, Demonstration, Celebration) service-learning framework. Request printed copies to be shipped to you (free) at: and the Cast of "Secret Life" Team up to Fight Hunger is teaming up with the cast of the hit ABC Family channel show The Secret Life of the American Teenager to battle against hunger. 'Feed The Need' is an annual food drive to help combat hunger during the roughest winter months ahead. Join Shailene Woodley, India Eisley, Ken Baumann, Francia Raisa, Megan Park and Greg Finley to stock local food pantries.
Last Fall you and collected 1 Million Pounds of Food. This November, let's do even more to Feed The Need. Starting November 1st, middle and high schools, sports teams, Do Something Clubs, church groups and teens nationwide will lead food drives to help fight hunger and bring hope to communities in need.

Organize a food drive in your community! Submit your drive by December 15 to help us reach our goal of 1 Million lbs of food collected by teens. You could win a pizza party sponsored by and a $1000 donation to your local food bank!


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The CalServe Network posts news and updates of interest to the service-learning field in California. News and updates are drawn from the CalServe List Serve and the National K-12 Service-Learning List Serve and various other sources.