What is Service Learning?
Service learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, promote growth in compassion and critical thinking skills, foster civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Through structured reflection activities, students are given the opportunity to understand what was learned and experienced, and how the community was benefited.
Service learning is a direct expression of the Trocaire mission and an integral component of the curriculum, offering immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support or enhance the work of local agencies to affect positive change in the community. Courses that integrate service learning equip students with the knowledge and experience necessary to transform them into future leaders and socially-conscious citizens.
Documentation and Forms
All students must review the following documents prior to their placement:
- GETTING STARTED – Welcome to Service Learning!
- Student Guidelines & Tips – Document A
- Forms Submission Process – Document B
- Service Learning Expectations Agreement – Document C
- Reflection Questions – Document D
- Community Partners – SP-17
All students must complete and submit to the Office of Service Learning (Office 302) the following forms:
- Service Learning Student Contract – Form #1 (SP-17)
- Time or Project Log – Form #2
- Evaluation by Student on Community Partner – Form #3 (SP-17)
The Community Partner list Community Partners – SP-17 provides students with access to organizations and agencies that have formally agreed to participate in our service learning program. If you are a student in a course with a service learning component that offers you an opportunity to choose your site, please use this list to find information about your service site. Note: some courses have committed to partner with a specific organization.
There are a number of on-campus and off-campus volunteer service opportunities that will be available to all students, faculty, and staff. These will be advertised in “What’s Happening” and signage outside the Commons (in foyer).
Another convenient way to volunteer is through VolunteerWNY, where you’ll find volunteer opportunities to fit your interests, time, and talents – go to http://www.volunteerwny.org/
How would you like to find some money for a special project? Well, now you can! A generous donor, Jean Clohessy, left a bequest to Trocaire College. It has been allocated for community service activities.
Any Trocaire student, club, or employee can apply for the funding. Review the criteria and procedures and apply for your grant from the Community Service Committee. Start to “Pay It Forward!”
- Clohessy Grant Policy & Procedure (Coming Soon)
- Clohessy Application (Coming Soon)