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What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning at Utah Valley University is an engaged teaching and learning strategy in which students participate in structured service activities that:

  • meet identified community needs,
  • enhance discipline-based knowledge and skills,
  • strengthen the community,
  • encourage in-depth understanding of course content and a broader appreciation of the discipline,
  • immerse students in the subject matter and its application, and
  • enhance the students' sense of civic responsibility and community engagement.

(see Bringle & Hatch, Michigan Journal of Community Service; National & Community Service Trust Act; Corporation for National and Community Service; National Youth Leadership Council)


How can the Volunteer & Service-Learning Center help you?

  • Give ideas and examples of possible service-learning projects
  • Provide contacts to community agencies and officials supportive of service-learning
  • Assist in developing community partnerships
  • Help students identify useful service-learning projects
  • Direct you to useful resources to learn more about service-learning
  • Guide you in designating your course as a service-learning course

To learn more, contact:

Dr. Eric Russell
Director, Academic Service-Learning
SC 105t

Summer Valente
Director, Volunteer & Service-Learning Center
SC 105p

For more information, click on the following links to view our Service-Learning material:

Service-Learning Guide
Service-Learning Reflection Guide