ERIC Number: ED391952
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Learn and Serve: Evaluation of the Pennsylvania 1994-1995 Learn and Serve Grant Program.
Fertman, Carl I.; And Others
The Learn and Serve Grant Program was designed to support schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) that engage children and adolescents in service activities linked to the school curriculum that address real community needs. An evaluation covered 93 Pennsylvania schools and CBOs that received funding to design and implement programs. Process, participant, and outcome evaluations were performed. Findings indicated that the proportion of minigrants to disseminator grants, 85 to 15 percent, preserved a balance between developing and mature programs. Grant distribution by region generally followed the demographics of population distribution. Rural, suburban, and urban areas were generally within a few percentage points of each other. With regard to distribution by recipients, high schools predominated. The relationship between the curriculum and service could be enriched if the process were accompanied by organizational commitment, service learning variety, and a continuum of curriculum and service integration. The most effective coordinators did the following: created opportunities to promote service learning as a core value; met community needs by adopting appropriate service activities; developed a strong communication network; and maintained updated records. Characteristics of successful collaborations were as follows: ongoing, thorough in preparing participants to serve, frequent and clear communication, supported by a strong advisory board, and persistent. (Appendixes include site visit planning materials and evaluation forms.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Career Education, Community Organizations, Community Services, Cooperative Programs, Coordination, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Service Learning, State Programs, Student Participation, Student Volunteers
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pennsylvania State Dept. of Labor and Industry, Harrisburg.; Pennsylvania State Dept. of Education, Harrisburg.
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.
Note: Developed by the Pennsylvania Service Learning Evaluation Network.