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  1. The Purpose of This Presentation: To provide an overview of the Corporation of National and Community Service’s Learn and Serve America Program.

  2. Established in 1993 to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in community-based service • Supports a range of national and community service programs, provides opportunities for participants to serve full-time and part-time, with or without pay, as individuals or as a part of a team • Encompasses AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and Learn and Serve America

  3. Issue Areas for Corporation for National & Community Service Programs • Education • Environment • Public Safety (Including Homeland Security) • Other Human Needs (e.g. health and housing)

  4. Learn & Serve America To build the field of service-learning in schools, community- based organizations, and in colleges and universities across the country. Our Goal...

  5. …gives grants to fund programs at K-12 schools, community-based organizations, and institutions of higher education that engage participants in structured, hands-on projects that meet community needs while helping participants develop personal, civic, and academic skills Learn and Serve America

  6. The Definition* of... Service-Learning • “students or participants learn and develop through… service that is conducted in and meets the needs of the community” • “coordinated with an elementary school, secondary school, institution of higher education, or community service program, and with the community” • “foster[s] civic responsibility” • “integrated into and enhances the academic curriculum of the students, or the educational components of the community service program in which the participant is enrolled” • “provides...time for...reflect[ion]” *Source: National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993

  7. Distribution of LSA of GrantFunds, 2003-2006 • $ 20 M Formula Allotment Grants to State Education Agencies • $ 6.5M School-based Competitive Grants • $ 4.5M Community-based Competitive Grants • $ 10.75M Higher Education Competitive Grants • $ 800K Tribes and Territories for School- based Grants • Total $43 M

  8. Grant Distribution for Higher Education Grants

  9. Eligibility for Higher Education Grants Eligible organizations : • Institutions of higher education as defined in the Higher Education Amendment of 1998 • A consortia of such institutions • Partnerships composed of higher education institutions and other public or private non-profit organizations

  10. Elements of Higher Education Programs Service may be integrated across an entire academic department, a school, an entire year and into the core curriculum or throughout the entire institution Teacher education programs train pre-service teachers in service-learning concepts which impacts K-12 education Engaging faculty can impact promotion and tenure systems Equal service-learning partnerships maximize benefits to both campus and community

  11. Examples of How Grants Money May Be Used • hire program coordinators to work with local agencies in linking students to meaningful service opportunities • train teachers, staff, faculty, and community members • develop service-learning curricula and projects related to civics • partnering with community to identify and address local needs

  12. Our Portfolio For the 2003-2006 grant period, Learn and Serve America made 133 awards reaching over 1500 colleges and universities, K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations

  13. Resources You can locate national service information from In addition you can obtain information on service-learning from

  14. gathers and disseminates information about service-learning across all streams of service. has several partners who have expertise in all areas of service-learning. collects and abstracts current articles, research and other publications, making it easily available to anyone who needs it.

  15. For any additional information: Elson B. Nash Associate Director, Project Management 1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20525 202-606-6834