Benefits of Service-Learning
BENEFITS TO STUDENTS
- Makes learning more useful and relevant.
- Promotes active learning.
- Extends the boundaries of the classroom to metropolitan Detroit.
- Heightens awareness of community needs.
- Provides real-life application of what students are learning in the classroom.
- Provides an opportunity for students to learn about and give back to the community.
- Enhances sensitivity to diversity.
- Strengthens critical thinking skills and communication skills.
- Promotes personal and social growth.
- Stimulates intellectual and leadership development.
- Fosters a sense of civic responsibility.
- Allows for integration and synthesis of knowledge.
- Helps prepare students for the world of work.
- Allows students to serve as involved citizens in their communities.
- Facilitates the development of a lifelong commitment to service.
BENEFITS TO THE COMMUNITY
- Helps meet unmet community needs.
- Exposes and teaches communities about emerging generations of students.
- Helps establish access and connections to other resources available at Wayne State University and through Wayne State University.
- Helps breakdown and dispel myths and stereotypes that the community has about students and Wayne State University.
- Adds youth and enthusiasm to a service program or project.
- Provides an opportunity for a community to shape students’ values and to prepare students for community involvement after college.
BENEFITS TO WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
- Supplements the educational experience being provided by the University.
- Allows WSU to give back to the community through its students, faculty, and staff.
- Provides good public relations.
- Provides an opportunity for the community to view the University as a resource.
- Helps establish connections for other University programs.