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Learn and Serve America_School and Community Based Programs - #94.004

In fiscal year 2002, it is estimated that Learn and Serve America: School and Community based programs engaged over 1,500,000 school-age youth in service-learning programs in local schools and communities nationwide. These programs provide opportunities for youth to learn and develop while addressing unmet needs in the areas of education, public safety, health, and environment. To accomplish the program's overarching goals of promoting academic excellence, fostering civic responsibility, and impacting communities, the Corporation has identified five programmatic priorities. The priorities are building capacity and an infrastructure to promote and support high quality service-learning efforts; forming partnerships with other educational improvement initiatives; qualitative/quantitative research and evaluation; linking service-learning to other types of national and community service efforts; and forming partnerships with citizen groups, community organizations and institutions of higher education. To ensure the quality of Learn and Serve America: School and Community based programs, the Corporation will provide guidance and technical assistance to funded agencies and organizations, and others interested in expanding service learning opportunities.

In a Minnesota service-learning program, high school students visit the St. Louis River as part of a chemistry class to test water quality and initiate local pollution control. Third graders, in an Indiana program, spend time with seniors in nursing homes. Information is gathered and friends are made of long- time residents of their community as part of an English Project for a book on local history.

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