Service-learning is a teaching approach where students help to meet community needs. Let us connect you with a Purdue course! Reach out to Lindsey Payne at email@example.com.
Partner with a Purdue class
Got a project idea you haven’t had time to pursue? Through a Purdue service-learning partnership, organizations can benefit from student projects or volunteer hours as students gain valuable real-world experience. The most successful service-learning partnerships use collaboration to define mutually-beneficial goals and build measures for assessing a project’s success.
Key to a quality service-learning partnership is a strong relationship between the community organization and an invested faculty member. Here are some important questions to ask as you are forming a new partnership:
Is this partnership going to mutually benefit both Purdue students and the community organization?
Is one side asking too much, or are our goals out of sync?
How are we going to assess the success of the project?
What accountability measures can we build in?
What are our expectations for time commitments and communication?
Funding for service-learning projects is available through Purdue and external sources.
Student Service-Learning Grants: Each semester, Purdue students can apply for service-learning grants of up to $1500 per course, and funds are required to directly benefit the community partner. Students must submit their application with the support of a community organization and a Purdue faculty or staff member.
Office of Engagement Service-Learning Fellows: The Service-Learning Fellows Program matches community partners with Purdue faculty and graduate students to fund service-learning projects through a structured mentoring program. In April, faculty apply to collaborate on projects pre-set by community organizations. If you are interested in becoming a service-learning fellow, contact Lindsey Payne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Campus Compact: Indiana Campus Compact supports community engagement efforts throughout the state. They have numerous opportunities for funding, awards, and professional development.
Bring service-learning to your organization
If you’re new to service-learning, Director of Service-Learning, Lindsey Payne, would love to visit your organization to give a brief introduction on how to navigate forming partnerships at Purdue. Reach out at email@example.com.