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Learn and Serve America_Higher Education - #94.005

For fiscal year 2002, the Corporation awarded continuation grants to support 57 service-learning programs at colleges and universities across the Nation. These programs engaged over 30,000 students at over 300 institutions of higher education in service activities such as tutoring, mentoring, health outreach and education, primary and preventive health care, conflict resolution, neighborhood clean-up and revitalization, gang violence, and substance abuse prevention. Through structured reflection and related course work, the students translate their service activities into opportunities for academic and civic learning. The Corporation monitors and provides technical assistance to funded programs in order to enhance quality and networking opportunities. In fiscal year 2003, the Corporation's funding will support approximately 62 continuing programs.

(1) Over 150 teacher education students at three State colleges are learning how to use service- learning in K-12 classrooms, while working alongside K-12 students in service projects assisting the homebound elderly. (2) As part of a credit bearing clinical program, over 35 law students at a private university are providing legal assistance to low-income communities in order to reduce toxic exposure and work place environmental hazards. (3) As part of their clinical rotations, over 250 nursing and allied health professions students from one private and one community college are providing community-based health education and primary care to senior citizens and low-income people. (4) A national organization of community colleges is providing subgrants, technical assistance, and networking opportunities to eight member colleges engaged in developing service learning projects and infrastructure.

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