The Big Dummy's Guide to Service-Learning
"27 Simple Answers to Good Questions on: Faculty, Programmatic, Student, Administrative, & Non-Profit Issues."
Campaign Against Servitude
For another point of view about service-learning, check out this site of the Ayn Rand Institute.
Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents who are committed to fulfilling the public purpose of higher education. As the only national higher education association dedicated solely to campus-based civic engagement, Campus Compact promotes public and community service that develops students’ citizenship skills, helps campuses forge effective community partnerships, and provides resources and training for faculty seeking to integrate civic and community-based learning into the curriculum. Campus Compact’s membership includes public, private, two- and four-year institutions across the spectrum of higher education.
Cesar E. Chavez Service-Learning Resource Guides
Set of step-by-step project manuals for service activities by students, K-12.
Research and information on community participation by youth from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE). Free fact sheets, tools for practice, and more.
Growing to Greatness: The State of Service-Learning
Long-time advocate for service-learning, the National Youth Leadership Council has produced several detailed evaluation studies of the impact of student service, available as free downloads or for purchase in print.
Learning to Give Philanthropy Curriculum
A site dedicated to teaching the importance of voluntary action for the common good in a democratic society. Offers free curriculum material for grades K to 12, with full course outlines, teachers guides, standards and benchmarks. Also see the materials in their "Resource Room" at http://www.learningtogive.org/materials/
National Society for Experiential Education (NSEE)
A nonprofit membership association of educators, businesses, and community leaders. Founded in 1971, NSEE also serves as a national resource center for the development and improvement of experiential education programs nationwide.
National Youth Leadership Council
Long-time advocate for service-learning, the NYLC site provides both basic and advanced information on what service-learning is and best practices for doing it right. See the 2004 "Growing to Greatness" evaluation studies.
Service Learning in the Northwest
Several free guides on designing service-learning projects, their essentials elements, benchmarks, and sample programs.
Service-Learning Diversity Toolbox
The National Youth Leadership Council's efforts at examining diversity in service-learning programs, with several excellent downloadable reports and articles of relevance to any setting or type of volunteer work.
Summer of Service/Summer Trek
Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) site with information and technical assistance in the design and evaluation of high quality "Summer of Service" programs, creating positive alternatives for young teens during summer vacation.
Youth Service America Blog
Youth Service America shares current news, information, and grant opportunities from the service-learning and youth service fields, including stories of youth successful in helping their communities.
Youth Service America Resources
Long list of free, downloadable guides for students and teachers on all aspects of creating the best service-learning projects and curricula.