The Service-Learning Community Partner Database
Some things to consider before choosing your community partner:
1. What is the time commitment possible by you and your students?
Some partnerships will require student presence weekly to truly thrive, while others can have less contact. Our best community/university partnerships feature sustainable relationships over time.
2. What skill set does your class provide?
What type of work can your class do that will fit in your curriculum? (eg. direct service, such as tutoring and mentoring or skill-based projects such as database creation, collection and editing of oral history, soil testing and reporting, etc.) To help you select a partner based on the type of work your students will do, we have sorted the opportunities into Type of Service-Learning.
3. What social issues interest you and your students?
What issues are key to the focus of your class? To help you select a partner based on social issue, we have sorted the opportunities into Social Issue Areas.
4. Do not limit yourself by your assumptions.
Do not assume that your course content must directly relate to the mission of an agency or organization for the partnership to work. Think outside the box when looking for a partner that fits with your curriculum. For example, it is possible that a course in economics could involve work with youth. A youth agency may have experienced a decrease in funding and need a three year budget plan. The expertise of your class will in the end benefit the youth that agency serves. To help you peruse the wide array of opportunities, you can view them all in one list, unsorted.