To expand its university partnerships and to scale-up its model for local service-learning programs.
The most impactful discoveries often occur outside the classroom. The Community Service Learning (CSL) program was a model of experiential pedagogy. It combined classroom learning with in-the field volunteer work.
Universities, students and community organizations work collaboratively. Together they contribute to the well-being of Canadians. CSL was designed to achieve community goals and to instil in students a sense of civic engagement.
The Community Service Learning (CSL) program was launched in 2004 with grants to ten universities. The aim was to develop and expand their community service-learning programs.
Through hands-on volunteering experience, this national initiative helped students enrich their learning while earning academic credits. CSL strengthened community organizations as well. Students shared with them their know-how, skills and passion for change. The program also brought community knowledge into universities, helping to influence teaching practices and curricula.
Since the program’s inception, there has been a marked increase in CSL opportunities for students. With support from other funders, another 30 universities have launched programs. The best programs create new, win-win relationships between the university and their community partners.
The success of CSL programs has pushed universities to make institutional commitments. They’re further engaging with local communities and funding CSL appropriately.
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