ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE. Be a voice for service-learning this school year. Commit to spread the word about the power of service-learning. Take action from October 2010 through April 2011 to build public awareness and support for service-learning.

Get Started with 3 Simple Steps:

1. SIGN-UP. Put your service-learning site on the national map of voices for service-learning. Enroll as an individual, classroom, youth group, club, school/campus, school district, organization, or community-wide initiative. Accept the Challenge now!

2. BECOME A CHALLENGE PARTNER. List your school or organization as a proud supporter of service-learning and a partner in the National Learn & Serve Challenge. Become a Partner today.

3. INVITE 5 FRIENDS TO PARTICIPATE WITH YOU. Download sample language to email friends, post on your website or share through your social networks to encourage others to help spread the word about service-learning.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Let the Learn & Serve Challenge Begin

October 18, 2010 - We live in a world facing critical challenges that require our collective attention and action. Young people—like all people—yearn to be a part of the solution. Every day in schools and communities across the country—and in fact, the world—young people are daring to make a difference by using what they learn in classrooms to create solutions to tackle important community problems. And, while serving others, they learn for themselves.

Accept the Learn & Serve Challenge.

Be a voice for service-learning this school year. Join this grassroot network of thousands of youth, educators, community partners, civic leaders, and families nationwide who share your belief in the power of service-learning to impact school success and transform communities.

The Challenge is a seven-month campaign to increase awareness and public support for service-learning. It begins this week and will culminate in April 2011 with a few key milestones along the way:

  • December 6-10: Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Learn and Serve America
  • January 2011: Engage local media through Service-Learning Solution Media Days
  • April 6-9, 2011: Showcase and share effective strategies and activities to build support for service-learning at the 2011 National Service-Learning Conference
  • April 15-17, 2011: Celebrate the culmination of your efforts in conjunction with the 2011 Global Youth Service Day
The Learn & Serve Challenge will help you take simple, but strategic ways to increase awareness of and build support for service-learning in your school and local community. Together, we will increase the number of service-learning opportunities available to young people in school and community-based programs.

Add Your Voice.

Make sure your service-learning site is represented on the Challenge map. Become a Proud Partner of the National Learn & Serve Challenge. Add your school or organization’s name to list of those who believe in the power of service-learning to prepare young people for success in school and in life.

Be a Solution: Your Voice Matters.

Service-learning prepares young people for school success. Service-learning also gives young people the chance to use their education to tackle our society’s most persistent problems. Help us tell that story. Spread the word about service-learning to your friends and colleagues. Invite at least five friends to join you in this Challenge. Visit the Learn & Serve Challenge Resource Toolkit to get started today.

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