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Experiential Learning

Community Service

August 27, 2020

Community service is typically a non-paying job performed by one or more people to benefit community (as opposed to family) individuals, groups, or institutions.

Community Service

What does it look like?

Community service is typically a non-paying job performed by one or more people to benefit community (as opposed to family) individuals, groups, or institutions. It is usually voluntary and it typically addresses a need and provides a service that otherwise is not being addressed. It may be identified and implemented by a student, educator, or community partner in response to a perceived need.

Benefits

Students and Families

  • Expands experience and contacts
  • Develops future-ready skills and explore interests
  • Contributes to community and others
  • Develops a sense of purpose and meaning

Employers and Community

  • Engages more contributors in community endeavours
  • Raises community awareness and may encourage advocacy and agency
  • Promotes organization or cause as an ally and supporter of/by youth
  • Builds a resource base of potential participants and supporters

Educators

  • Encourages civic mindedness and may contribute to development of student social/emotional skills as well as learning skills/work habits
  • May link to curricular learning outcomes and student passions

Considerations

Students and Families

  • This may include experiences beyond community involvement hours
  • This may involve opportunities that you are already interested in or some that you would like to explore

Employers and Community

  • Providers of community service opportunities will need to consider the appropriateness and accessibility for some students to participate
  • Liaison with parents/guardians and protocols for ensuring safety and security of participants may be important especially where students are under 18

Educators

  • May wish to direct students to some of the community volunteer resources and/or encourage student contributions in areas of their interest or passion

Learn more

Region of Waterloo volunteer opportunties

Volunteer Action Center

WRDSB Community Involvement

WCDSB Community Involvement

Members of the workforce can provide career information as a commmunity service through the Business and Education Partnership Speakers Bureau



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