SERVICE-LEARNING

King's College produces students who are both intellectually prepared and socially responsible.  In the words of King's founding President, Fr. James Connerton, King's teaches students "not only how to make a living, but how to live.”  To reach these goals, King's stresses active student learning that is vitally concerned with the community. 

Service-learning at King's integrates academic learning with "hands-on" community service that makes students more socially informed and active.  A course-based pedagogy, service-learning allows students to get a more meaningul understanding of their studies while simultaneously helping the community.  Ideally, students go back and forth in a circle: applying what they learn in their classes in the community, using their service as a basis for further learning in the course, and back again. Information on funding for faculty can be found below.  Opportunities for King's classes are listed immediately below; additional resources for faculty are available here.


LOCAL SERVICE-LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Below are just a few of the many service-learning opportunities available for service-learning classes at King's.  If interested in any of these placements please contact Bill Bolan at williambolan@kings.edu.

COMMISSION ON ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

Low-Income Tax Preparation (VITA Program) -The Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) has a service-learning opportunity in their low-income tax preparation program.   Interested classes and students can assist CEO clients in completing their tax returns throughout Spring '17.  If interested, CEO will direct students to an online training packet; additional training is done on-site. Students must achieve an 80% or higher on a test before participating.  This would be a wonderful service-learning placement for classes dealing with economics, accounting/finance, poverty, and many others. 

RUTH'S PLACE WOMEN'S SHELTER

King's College and Ruth's Place Shelter received a joint grant to help women at the shelter find employment.  In addition to providing the women with LCTA bus passes and IDs, the program enlists King's students to help the women develop skills for computer job searches, resume prep, and interviewing.  If you are interested in having your students work in this project as a service-learning opportunity in the Spring of 2017, please contact Bill Bolan (williambolan@kings.edu)--there are still spots available!  

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

Junior Achievement of Northeast PA is looking for service-learning students for two separate programs: 1) In-School Financial Literacy Modules.  After a brief training by JA, volunteers teach five (5) forty-five minute sessions to children in local school districts. Students may select the school and grade of their choice, and all materials and lesson plans are provided.  Students may teach in pairs if they desire.  With trainings, preparation and teaching, about 10 hours total is required.  2) Biz Town and Financial Park.  Volunteers are needed to run JA's special "park" that teaches elementary students about basic financial management.  This million-dollar facility in Pittston is kid-friendly and children have a wonderful time!  Elementary students come on Saturdays for a 3-4 hour session.  A brief training is provided to volunteers beforehand.  With the training and sesssion, about 5 hours total is required. 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Students are need to help with build sites on Saturdays throughout the spring of 2017.  In addition to working on the site, volunteers will receive a special presentation on the work of Habitat.  Lunch is provided free by local restaurants.  Approximately seven (7) hours total required.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

Both the McGlynn Learning Center (at the Boulevard Townhomes) and the Center of the Village Afterschool Program (South Wilkes-Barre) are looking for service-learning students to help with homework and tutor children in grades 1-8.  The McGlynn Center operates Mon.-Fri., 3-5pm.  The Center of the Village is open Tues-Thurs., 3:30--5:30pm.  All clearances will be paid for by King's College.

Other examples of possible service-learning courses include:

  •        Studying education by tutoring under privileged school children.
  •        Studying business ethics through volunteering at a consumer credit counseling organization
  •        Learning HTML by creating a website for a local nonprofit
  •        Honing research skills by interviewing homeless persons and compiling the results for a new shelter
  •        Mastering a science module by teaching it to a middle-school class
  •        Practicing Spanish by providing basic translation skills for a social service agency
  •        Learning about the effects of aging working with guests at a nursing home

FUNDING FOR SERVICE-LEARNING AT KING'S

The Shoval Center and the Service-Learning Project Team are again pleased to open registration for service-learning classes.  Any professor interested in receiving funding for Spring 2017 should submit the required form by Oct. 3, 2016.  The application and accompanying criteria can be found here

Designation and Funding Application

Service Learning Definition

Previously funded courses only have to submit basic course information (see form). 

King’s College makes funding available for every service-learning course taught at the college.  In keeping with the practice at other regional institutions, King's awards $40 per enrolled student the first time a service-learning course is taught, and then $20 per student thereafter.  There is no limit on the number of semesters a course may receive funding. 

As always, the Shoval Center would be happy to help you design and implement a new service-learning course.  Please feel free to contact Bill Bolan (ext. 8058) with any questions about course development, or go to our Faculty Resources page.


THE THREE PILLARS OF SERVICE LEARNING

Although service-learning may take on many forms, all service-learning classes share three primary characteristics:

1. Meaningful and Relevant Service: Service  is related to the course, allows students to learn, and is needed by the community.

2. Enhanced Academic Learning: The service is actively integrated into analysis of the course's subject matter, whether in lectures, exams, presentations, discussions, and/or reflections.

3. Active Promotion of Social Awareness and Responsibility: The students learn about the social context of the service they do, e.g., why the service they do is necessary. 

FUNDING FOR SERVICE-LEARNING COURSES

King's now provides funding for every service-learning course taught at the college.  For details and and application, please see above. 

PLACEMENTS AT AREA AGENCIES

Click here to learn about current service-learning opportunities at area agencies and schools. Or contact Bill Bolan at williambolan@kings.edu; 208-5900, Ext. 5608 to find a tailor fit for your needs.

RESOURCES FOR FACULTY

Find resources about service-learning, including links to hundreds of syllabi in scores of disciplines, reflection guides and more by clicking here.