ERIC Number: ED361877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Linking Community Service and "At-Risk" Education. Arizona Serve-America Program. Briefing Paper #2.
Vandegrift, Judith A.; Sandler, Linda
Based on the premise that school reform efforts must consider the needs of at-risk children, this paper discusses parallel reform efforts that focus on community service. The first part discusses logical linkages between community service and "at-risk" education and describes how Arizona is attempting to formalize these linkages within the state context of school reform. The Serve-America program, which arose from passage of the National and Community Service Act of 1990, allocates funds to states for school-based community-service programs in grades K-12. Through formalized school-community agency and youth organization/community agency partnerships, Arizona's Serve-America project is designed to: (1) encourage school-age and out-of-school youth to volunteer their services for the benefit of others in their communities; (2) increase the number of adult volunteers in Arizona's schools; (3) provide productive, meaningful experiences for participants; and (4) emphasize coordination of community agencies to avoid duplication and maximize utilization of local resources. Together, Arizona's Serve-America programs have involved over 3,300 youth and adult volunteers who provided over 11,500 hours of community service in the ares of education, community improvement, human services, public safety, and conservation. Participants reported positive changes in their attitudes and behaviors as a result of their community service and service learning participation. (LMI)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Community Programs, Community Services, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, High Risk Students, Public Service, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, State Programs, Volunteers
Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University, School of Public Affairs, Box 874405, Tempe, AZ 85287-4405 (free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Arizona State Univ., Tempe. Morrison Inst. for Public Policy.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona