2012 “Speak Out & Listen Up!" Semester of Service Curriculum
"Speak Out & Listen Up!” is a 13-week curriculum empowering students to explore ways to promote peace, hope and literacy in their communities.
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What is New Jersey After 3?
New Jersey After 3 is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding and improving afterschool opportunities for New Jersey’s kids. Our vision is for all New Jersey children to have easy access to high quality, comprehensive, structured, supervised and enriching afterschool activities.
What is “Speak Out & Listen Up!”?
“Speak Out & Listen Up!” is a 13 week long curriculum that will allow youth to explore their voices while assisting in creating communities that support and celebrate literacy development, hope and peace. The projects will ask student to think about ways they can promote peace and positive change through communication in their schools, afterschool programs and surrounding communities. Significant to the celebration is the opportunity for youth to identify local issues and barriers, and make use of a public platform for the purposes of promoting hope, peace and literacy.
What is Semester of Service?
Semester of Service encourages students, grades k-8, to develop a semester-long service-learning project that launches on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January 16, 2012) and culminates on Global Youth Service Day (April 20-22, 2012). During these 13 weeks, young people will identify a problem or need that affects their community, the nation, or the world. They will prepare a plan, take action to implement their solution, reflect deeply on their progress and next steps, and celebrate their success.
What is Service Learning?
Service learning combines student learning with service to the community in a way that improves both the student and the community. It is a method where students apply newly-acquired skills and knowledge to address real-life community needs. It focuses on both the service and the learning, and provides students with time to reflect on their experiences. Service learning enhances what is taught in school by extending learning beyond the classroom, and helps lay the foundation for a lifetime of service. It is often carried out in a four-stage process: preparation, action, reflection and demonstration/ celebration.
Questions about New Jersey After 3’s 2012 “Speak Out & Listen Up!” Semester of Service can be emailed to Michael Cahoon @ firstname.lastname@example.org
For a comprehensive list of training, reflection, and planning resources (in addition to the list provided on the right side of this page) please consult Youth Service America’s Semester of Service Strategy Guide available at the YSA website: http://www.ysa.org
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Semester of Service Resources
Youth Service America (YSA)
The Youth Service America website is filled with resources for grant writing, event planning, project ideas, curriculum building, and promotional materials.
Go to Service Learning
This YSA program is a resource for Service-learning best practices as well as lesson plans.
National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
A comprehensive collection of facts, toolkits, curricula, funding opportunities, and bibliographies.
National Service Learning Conference
The website of the country’s largest professional development opportunity for Service-learning practitioners.
Learn and Serve
The Corporation for National and Community Service’s Service-learning site.
National Service Resources
A collection of training and tools for volunteer programs.
Make Service Count Challenge