|Learn and Serve America supports service-learning
programs in schools and community organizations that engage youth in addressing
education, public safety, environmental, and other human needs. Funds are
used to create new programs or replicate existing programs, as well as to
provide training and development to staff, faculty, and volunteers. Learn
and Serve America projects are required to match federal funds with resources
from the community.
Service learning is a method by which students improve academic
learning and develop personal skills through structured service projects
that meet community needs. Service learning builds upon students' service
activities by providing them with opportunities to learn by preparing,
leading, and reflecting upon their service experiences. Evidence from
a national study of Learn and Serve America programs suggests that effective
FY 1996-98 Learn & Serve America: School-Based Programs (LSA:SBP):
| FY 1999-00 LSA:SBP:
In order to strengthen the Learn & Serve America Program model, a new program design was developed that links service learning to the School-to-Work Opportunities Initiatives. This new design synthesizes elements of New Jersey's successful service-learning and School-to-Work programs as a means for school districts to implement the State's Core Curriculum Content Standards.
It is the intention of the Department of Education that each sub-granted LSA:SBP will become a self-sustaining integral part of the schools' and district's effort to implement the Core Curriculum Content Standards.
FY 2001 LSA:SBP:
For more information about service-learning programs, publications,
events, and training call the Learn and Serve America Clearinghouse at
800-808-SERVE. For specific information about NJ's Learn and Serve America
programs, contact Michael Gowdy at (609) 633-9627 or by mail: