Like members of the generations who came before them, America's young people have time and talents that they can share with those in need. Young people also have the unique capacity to build habits of service that will last for decades to come, and to experience service as part of their education and development as citizens of a democratic society.
To help more American students get involved in their communities and develop these skills, the U.S. Department of Education and Corporation for National and Community Service worked with the Points of Lights Foundation, as part of the USA Freedom Corps, to develop a guidebook, CD-ROM and website — Students in Service to America.
This new resource offers research, guidance, tools, and other important information for planning service activities and service-learning programs for adults who work with young people in schools, after-school programs, and through community groups and organizations. The information is designed to help them offer America's students the opportunity to meet vital community needs, develop their personal character, and learn about America's civic traditions and institutions.
More than 130,000 public and private elementary and secondary schools, homeschools, and after-school programs around the country have received copies of the Students in Service to America guidebook, a CD-ROM, posters and other teaching and community resources.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, service in schools has been growing over the past decade. Educators are being encouraged to expand upon a tradition of volunteer service in schools that involves individual service projects, service projects organized by student groups or faculty members, and formal service projects that link to academic lessons—the method known as service-learning.
To download the Students in Service to America guidebook, click here.