What is Service Learning?
“Service-learning combines service to the community
with student learning in a way that improves both the student and
– Corporation for National Service
(CNS): About Learn & Serve : Service-Learning.
Following is a comprehensive description of service learning as
outlined by the National Service Learning
“Service learning combines service objectives with
learning objectives with the intent that the activity change both
the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished
by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link
the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition
and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content.”
Service learning projects:
- Cultivate compassion and a sense of concern for
- Are reciprocal, benefiting all participants;
- Can be integrated into the regular curriculum
within any subject area;
- Can be implemented with all ages, even young children;
- Achieve an academic goal and are linked to academic
- Incorporate time for reflection;
- Assess student learning and evaluate project effectiveness;
- Involve youth in planning;
- Engage schools and communities in planning; and
- Meet community needs.
Service learning is not:
- Only a volunteer program;
- An extra-curricular program;
- Community service as a graduation requirement
or punishment; or
- Restricted to the local community.
Kid2Kid as Service Learning
Kid2Kid activities and curricula can form the foundation of a service
learning project, or may be used to complement a related project.
Kid2Kid is service learning on a global scale. With Kid2Kid, students
do not have to leave the classroom to provide a valuable service
to other children as well as themselves.
Kid2Kid and Service Learning Criteria
The following table illustrates how the Kid2Kid program satisfies
the criteria for service learning projects.
|Service Learning Projects
||The Kid2Kid Program
|1 Cultivate compassion
and a sense of concern for others.
Compassion is the cornerstone of Kid2Kid.
Kid2Kid students develop skills to empathize
with kids who are very different from them in many ways,
but share the commonality of what it is like to be a child
in this world.
|2 Are reciprocal;
benefiting all participants.
Child victims of war, poverty, natural disasters
are in need of acknowledgement and/or support.
All children need to learn about diversity
appreciation, conflict resolution, empathy and compassion.
This is a reciprocal relationship with reciprocal
benefits. Each child has something to offer, something to
|3 Can be integrated
into the regular curriculum, with any subject area.
|| Kid2Kid activities (e.g., letter writing
and supportive activities) and all the lessons can be integrated
into a variety of subject areas.
|4 Can be implemented
with all ages.
|| Kid2Kid is designed for
children ages 6 to 12, in grades K-6, and can be accommodated
for older or younger children, as needed.
|5 Achieve an academic
goal, which can be linked to academic standards.
|| The lessons in the Kid2Kid curriculum
include clear academic goals and objectives and are compatible
with academic standards.
time for reflection
|| Kid2Kid lessons are designed to encourage
and include time for reflection, introspection and action.
|7 Assess student
learning and evaluate project effectiveness.
|| Every lesson plan in Kid2Kid
has a method for assessment.
Kid2Kid engages in ongoing project
|8 Involve youth
|| Kid2Kid students are actively involved
in the planning of their service learning project.
|9 Engage schools
and communities in planning.
|| Participating schools and community organizations
are invited to contribute to the implementation of Kid2Kid via
newsletters, meetings and invitations to community volunteers.
|10 Meet community
|| In Kid2Kid the world is
a community. Participation in Kid2Kid can help kids appreciate
the commonalities among us as well as the differences.
Kid2Kid meets local
community needs as well, by making Kid2Kid available through
community centers and other programs (e.g., Girls and Boys Clubs).
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Benefits of Service Learning
“Service learning is growing in popularity because, when
implemented effectively, it has a powerful effect on the cognitive
and emotional development of children and young people” –
Eyler & Gyles, 1999
Benefits for students:
- Character Education: Blends components
of "character education" with academic content;
- Civic Responsibility: Establishes
habits of involvement in local and global issues;
- Reflection: Facilitates student
reflection on learning which is shown to improve retention;
- Relevancy: Connects academic
content to real world issues and issues relevant to students;
- Vocational Skills: Provides students
with real world experience which, even for young children, can
assist in the development of employment related skills;
- Experiential Learning: Engages
students and deepens understanding of content and skills learned;
- Teamwork: Helps students develop
teamwork and leadership skills.
Benefits for teachers:
A major advantage of service learning to an educator is that it
can be adapted to meet a variety of needs and has great potential
for cross-curricular integration. The teacher will be able to easily
integrate service learning into his/her existing instruction.
For a complete Service Learning Resources Guide please see
There are many ways to join us–as an individual
student, class or group
of children, teacher
or group leader, volunteer,
NGO, or a friend
Membership is free and available to all teachers and
group leaders. The benefits to you and your students are substantial!
Once you have explored our site please take a moment to consider
becoming a Kid2Kid member.
To become a member, you, as the teacher or
group leader, simply need to register
Registration is simple. You are registered once you
notify us by email that your group of students would like to write
letters and/or become involved with one of the groups of kids listed
on the site. By registering you help us ensure that all Kid2Kid
children are acknowledged.
We would like to
hear from you!
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Program Manager: Caroline
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