What is Service-Learning?

Service-learning is a way of learning that links course content to "real-life" experiences that center on a community need or issue. Through reflection activities students are given the opportunity to understand what was learned and experienced, and how the community was benefited.

Service-learning is a direct expression of the CI mission and a critical component of the curriculum. Service-learning courses equip students with the knowledge and experience necessary to transform them into future leaders and socially-conscious citizens. Below are resources available to students enrolled in a service-learning course. 

View the Service Learning Student Orientation Video

Service-Learning Student Resources

IMPORTANT: Students participating in a service-learning course should know that neither the University nor the site where they are serving assumes any financial responsibility in the event he/she is injured or becomes ill as a result of his/her participation in a service- learning activity at the organization.  

Listing of and/or to register for Fall 2016 service-learning courses.

CI SERVES is an online database for managing approved service-learning community partners, tracking student placements at organizations and collecting student service-learning forms & evaluations. CI SERVES provides students with access to organizations and agencies who have formally agreed to participate in CI's service-learning program. If you are a student in a service-learning course, please log in to the CI SERVES database to complete your forms online and create your site placement. 

  • The RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM  must be completed  before students begin their service.
  • The STUDENT LEARNING PLAN is a contract that specifies the student’s responsibilities at their service-learning site and is required for all service-learning students.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the Service Learning Plan information, including the learning and service objectives, and emergency contact information.

Optional Service-Learning Resources

  • A  SAMPLE PHONE SCRIPT (PDF, 185KB) provides a few tips to guide you when you first make contact with the Community Partner site of your choice.
  • LIVE SCAN: Some service placement sites may require a Live Scan (i.e., background check). Check first with your site supervisor or contact our offices at 805.437.3191.
  • TB TESTING: Some service placement sites may require you to be TB tested. TB testing is available to CI students for no charge at the Student Health Center, located in Yuba Hall.

GET INVOLVED:Co-Curricular Resources/Events

  • UNITED WAY VENTURA COUNTY: Interested in continuing to make a positive community impact? Volunteer today using the easy-to-search online network lists provided by United Way of Ventura County. Volunteer Opportunities.
  • SEED GRANTS are available to student clubs or organizations working to "grow" a social action project or program that would create change on campus or in the community. SEED grants are available up to $500. SEED applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted.
  • PEACE CORPS INFORMATION SESSIONS: Fall/Spring sessions TBD. For more information or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, contact Frances Klingenberger, Peace Corps Ambassador  at frances.klingenberger749@csuci.edu.
  • SERVICE DAYS are open to the students, staff & faculty. For more information about to get involved in the CCE's service days please contact, Neil Olipani, Community Engagement Ambassador at 805.437.3619.

    • Constitution Day: Friday, September 16, 2016
    • United Way Day of Caring: Saturday, September 17, 2016
    • Veterans Day of Service: Friday, November 4, 2016
    • Hunger and Homelessness Week: November 14-18, 2016
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Friday, February 3, 2017
    • César Chávez Day of Service and Learning: Friday, April 7, 2017