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What is Service-Learning?

Service-Learning is a course-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which students take part in an organized service activity that meets identified community needs. Students use knowledge and skills directly related to a course or discipline and gain a better understanding of course content and a broader appreciation for the discipline.

Why Service-Learning?

Is your organization ready to have an even greater impact on our community? When you partner with Purdue Service-Learning, the students in our classes use their knowledge and skills to help you solve real-world problems. The students provide resources to help your organization meet the needs in our community — plus they gain new skills to help shape them into future leaders for civic engagement.

Can Service-Learning help my organization?

If you're ready to learn more about how Service-Learning can help your organization and our students, here's what you need to do:

  • Identify your organization's service needs
  • Contact the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE) and/or the Boiler Volunteer Network (BVN) for assistance
  • Identify which level of student service may meet your identified service needs
  • Contact faculty with whom you would like to work
  • Invite Purdue faculty to come talk to your organization about their Service-Learning course

Please fill out this survey if you are currently working with Purdue faculty and students in a Service-Learning class or project.

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BVN (Boiler Volunteer Network)