Making connections between the classroom and the community
What is Service Learning?
Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and provides structured time for students to reflect on their service experiences. It is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to access their impact on the community as active contributors to society. Students can engage in a variety of activities.
Service learning is encouraged for all FCPS students. FCPS is documenting the successful completion of service learning projects for students in grades 6, 8, and 12. High school students may accumulate service hours leading to special recognition at graduation (i.e., service learning cord or Virginia diploma seal of excellence in civics). Eighth-grade students are required to complete 15 service learning hours during the school year. All 8th-grade students go through X2VOL orientation and setup with their Civic class. Students will access their X2VOL accounts by logging into their FCPS Blackboard account and clicking on Family Connections from the FCPS tab.
Students can visit the Volunteer Fairfax website to volunteer. This leads students to the center’s volunteer database, which offers hundreds of volunteering opportunities with local nonprofits. Students can narrow their volunteering search by requesting a certain location, mission area, skill, or agency.
Service Learning Directory
Volunteer Fairfax also offers a youth service-learning directory as well. This directory contains information related to youth volunteering such as getting started, how to research and find a nonprofit, and other helpful hints. Most importantly, the directory provides a list of local nonprofits looking for youth volunteers. Each entry includes the organization's location, minimum age, available times, mission, and opportunities. This resource is a great way for teens to find available causes they may be interested in. Get started today!