We view service learning—that is, the opportunity to give back through meaningful community service—as an essential part of our program. Service learning has been associated with enhanced self-esteem, improved academic performance, and increased community involvement. It has also been shown to help at-risk young people focus on positive activities.
At Lauren’s House, service learning allows our clients to experience the joy of sharing, and the sense of pride that comes from making a difference. In addition, it enhances their awareness of community needs and lets them see the value of reaching out to help. Our service learning activities have included…
- Visiting seniors at a local assisted living facility to sing, talk, read, or work on art projects
- Preparing and distributing bag lunches and personal-care packages to the homeless
- Partnering with the Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree program to provide back-to-school clothes and Christmas gifts to the children of prisoners