Service Learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community services with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service learning aims to develop in students a lifelong commitment to service and leadership. It promotes understanding of local issues as well as recognition of the interrelatedness of communities and societies across the world.
"Experience enhances understanding; understanding leads to more effective action." - Eyler and Giles
The Service Learning Program at College Nine has three components:
A seminar style course designed for College Nine and College Ten students. Participating students volunteer in the community at local schools and non-profits, attend weekly class meetings, and keep a reflection journal. To culminate the service-experience, Esprit students develop a final project related to civic engagement.
A community service organization for students from College Nine and College Ten. Each month Praxis students engage in a variety of volunteer opportunities throughout Santa Cruz County.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is a class offered exclusively to College Nine and College Ten students during spring break. This class allows students from all walks of life to contribute as a group in providing volunteer work to communities in need. In the past, students have built homes in Mexico and assisted with the rebuilding efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. More recently, students have focused their efforts in Santa Cruz County.