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What are the Benefits to the Student?

  • Enhances your learning
  • Connects what you’re doing in the classroom to the real world
  • Expands your leadership skills, clarifies your values
  • Makes you feel good about your work and who you are
  • Fosters your engagement to the community
  • Allows you to try out possible careers
  • Builds your resume, gives you new skills, creates a network
  • Increases your scholarship eligibility
  • Encourages you to always give back

How do I get involved in Service Learning?

In-Class Module

Service-learning is embedded into your classroom experience in this method. You might be asked as an individual or small-/large-group to select and serve an approved community partner. Or, your faculty member may already have an organization in mind. You will need to then contact the approved community partner and arrange the features of your service work – an important part of your available learning. Plus, there will be a cumulative academic assignment that is reflective in nature. This might be an individual/group presentation or creative element, a campus/community event, or semester journal. Whatever the details, service-learning is a very definite part of the course.

Independent Class 282 Module

If you want to do service-learning on your own, select a community agency of choice, and receive college credit then consider this approach. This is an Independent Study that requires a faculty advisor and it awards 1 college credit for every 50 hours per semester.

1 credit hour = 50 hours of service (per semester) 

2 credit hours = 100 hours of service (per semester) 

3 credit hours = 150 hours of service (per semester)

Please contact for more information or visit the Student Life & Leadership Office.

One-Time Event & Extra-Credit

Each semester, our office plans and hosts Phoenix College Days of Service. Many classes connect with service-learning through this option. Just like with the In-course Approach, this style will likely have a final project that asks you to reflect on your experience and apply your classroom learning. The biggest difference between the two is that the details of this experience are all handled by our office. You just show up and serve!


Service Learning Ideas

Please see below for Service Learning projects examples that can be implemented in your classroom and/or club or done as an individual project.  This is by no means a complete list of projects so please feel free to think outside of the box and be creative.

  • Scientists have found that specific colors facilitate emotional and physical healing.  Develop an art program at the local senior center, children’s hospital, or domestic violence shelter that PC students implement once a week for 8 weeks.  PC students would develop the activities, facilitate the activities, and create a final presentation in which they will share their project with the college or with the class.
  • Create an art program consisting of mini-lectures and hands-on activities and implement the program in local K-12 classrooms or the local Boys/Girls Club.
  • Create an anti-bulling workshop appropriate for middle school or high school students, and present these in order educate students in local schools.
  • Work on child abuse issues (Child Abuse Prevention Month – April) by developing an informational workshop, brochures, videos, and the like.
  • Raise awareness and funds for the prevention of human trafficking through an on-campus event/informational fair open to the public.
  • Create a program or project in which Business students provide tax preparation assistance to the community.  Develop a target clientele, publicize your service, implement the program, and create a final presentation in which students share with the college or the class how this program assisted the community and what the PC students learned from this experience.
  • VITA- Develop a free tax-preparation and counseling program tax preparation service for low-income individuals and families
  • Work with neighborhood leadership/advisory boards to put on workshops for residents of low-income areas on household finances, budgeting.

Show elementary school students how to create a website, a PowerPoint presentation, an animated video, and the like. Have students focus on their elementary school events, community service projects, or learning objectives to be shared with parents and perhaps the community.

  • Start an after-school dance program for teens.
  • Organize a dance event/fundraiser to raise awareness for the Special Olympics.  Dance students can provide free dance instruction or perhaps host a high school Prom for students with special needs.
  • Create a healthy dance/chair exercise program for the elderly in a local nursing home.
  • Organize a ‘study buddy’’ program I which the EDU students tutor the ESL students with their English language acquisition skills and/or provide peer assistance with research and editing to better assist them with their college coursework. For example, students can meet once a week for 8 weeks for one hour and journal about their interactions and how these meetings are beneficial to each.
  • Develop a Play & Recreation Program for Children. Students will plan and implement sequentially appropriate play and recreation environments in an early childhood kids’ camp during summer school.
  • Become writing partners or tutors with residents at local homeless or domestic violence shelters.  Assist residents with resume-writing and filling out job applications.
  • Develop and implement a tutoring program for local elementary school students.
  • Work with non-profits to develop hard-hitting brochures for use in recruitment and information.
  • Provide fire safety instruction in local elementary schools.
  • Develop an informational brochure or video on fire safety to be distributed to PC staff, faculty, and students.

Create an after-school tutoring program in which PC math students tutor elementary school students 1-2x per week for one hour. The math instruction can include fun, standards-based math games that will bring math to life and create a love for mathematics for the elementary students. Have the PC students pre-test and post-test their pupils and create a PowerPoint sharing their successes and the many benefits of this program with their class or with the college.

Create and product informational videos for non-profit agencies.