Service-learning is about discovering new perspectives, learning to sustain healthy communities, and growing as individuals and global citizens.
Education for the head and the heart.
Service-learning offers an eye-opening way of viewing service, through personal interactions with the community and reflective class-based discussion.
Ultimately, these experiences will enhance your ability to “make a difference in the world.” You will learn about your strengths and develop capacities for interpersonal relationships and empathy—capacities essential for a meaningful life and successful career.
Students report statistically significant learning gains from service-learning in their capacity to work with others across differences, and their commitment to ongoing involvement as community actors.
“The more you give, the more you learn.”
Service-learning makes teachers and learners of all involved. Butler Biology and Health Science major Kelly Jay partnered with seniors at A Caring Place, an adult day care for elders with cognitive issues. In reflecting on her experience she said, “the connections that I’ve made this semester and the lessons that I have learned far surpassed any expectations that I could have had. I learned about empathy and community, and that in my life one does not exist without the other.”
—Kelly Jay ACP