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ERIC Number: ED498881
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Afterschool and Service-Learning. Afterschool Alert. Issue Brief No. 9
Afterschool Alliance
Service-learning is a form of instruction in which students design projects to address community needs as part of their academic studies. Many afterschool programs use service-learning to help improve youths' academic achievement, develop their leadership skills and strengthen ties to their community. With proven benefits, service-learning is popular with both schools and the public and studies have shown that youth who volunteer are less likely to abuse drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, or engage in destructive behavior and are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote and be philanthropic. Service-learning has been shown to increase engagement in learning and can help increase skills that lead to improved academic achievement. Because of the hands-on nature of service-learning projects, many afterschool programs using service-learning report that youth often do not notice that their projects have reinforced academics until project staff point it out. (Contains 9 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Afterschool Alliance, Washington, DC.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A