IN-SCHOOL PROGRAM OVERVIEW: YVC in-school program offers ongoing, intensive service-learning experiences for youth. Such programs are a way to increase and deepen youth participation in YVC, both by reaching out to previously untapped groups of youth and by providing existing youth volunteers an additional way to engage with YVC. Youth are becoming increasingly busy and pressed for time outside the school day. In addition, many youth face transportation challenges that prevent them from participating in projects. In-school programming brings YVC to the youth, addressing both of these challenges. In addition to increasing our impact through new youth and more hours served, in-school programs open doors to additional partnerships with schools, which may help better position YVC and its various host organizations for funding, provide additional resources such as transportation for after school projects, and increase marketing avenues and recruitment opportunities for summer and weekend projects.
Throughout the school year, YVC team member work closely with youth, educators, and agency partners to develop service-learning lessons and projects that underscore curriculum objectives. In-school programs typically include regularly scheduled class sessions or club meetings, either during or immediately following the school day. Service-learning lessons and projects are carried out within the school context, often involving field trips to partner agencies as a culminating event for each quarter or semester.
PROGRAM STRUCTURE: In-school program operates at both middle and high schools and most often take place during advisory periods, as part of elective classes, or during lunch or other free periods. Some programs also utilize before or after school meetings, either in conjunction with school-day classes or as their primary meeting time. Teachers or school personnel typically partner directly with YVC staff, and their involvement can range from being the primary leader for the class/meeting (after being trained by YVC staff) to simply being there to support while YVC staff lead the class/meeting themselves. Meeting frequency varies anywhere from multiple times per week to once per month, but the most common schedule is once per week during a specific day and time. Most programs operate for a full school year. This ensures consistency and opportunity to develop ongoing relationships with the school, teachers, and students.
CURRICULUM AND PROGRAM MODELS: The content of in-school YVC programs is typically based around the national YVC program model, including icebreakers, service-learning lessons, reflection, and service projects that align with YVC’s Strategic Focus Areas. However, some affiliates also utilize other specific curriculum tools provided by partner organizations or the schools themselves. Successful programs are often those that seek to work in collaboration with their partner schools, adapting program design and delivery to match the needs of the groups of students in the program, while still staying true to the guiding principles and key elements of service-learning.
CURRENT IN-SCHOOL PARTNERSHIPS:
Turner Middle School (JAG)
Turner High School (JAG)
INTERESTED IN SCHOOL-BASED PARTNERSHIP: YVCKC is currently looking for new in-school partnerships. If interested or want to learn more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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