Is a method whereby students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service that is conducted in and meets the needs of communities;
Is coordinated with an school and the community; Helps foster civic responsibility;
Is integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the education components of the community service program in which the participants are enrolled;
And provides structured time for students or participants to reflect on the service experience.
Academic Integrity – Each project has clearly defined learning objectives that relate to state learning standards and local curricula.
Apprentice Citizenship – Students learn about civic engagement through partnerships with active community members working on local needs.
Student Ownership – Students share in decision-making with adults, and adults share in learning with students – acting as partners and coaches rather than experts.
Definition from National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, Principles from Kids Consortium