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

  • The COMMUNITY PARTNER DATABASE provides students with access to organizations and agencies who have formally agreed to participate in our service-learning program. If you are a student in a service-learning course please use this database to find information about your service site.
  •  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.
  • TheSTUDENT LEARNING PLAN (PDF, 120KB) is a three-way contract that specifies the student’s responsibilities at their service-learning site and is required for all service-learning students. The faculty member should make this form available to the student at the beginning of the semester. It is the students responsibility to complete the Service Learning Plan information, including the learning and service objectives, and have the plan signed by the student, faculty member and site supervisor. The Learning Plan needs to be turned in, by the student, to the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), Ojai Hall, 1943, before beginning their service. Learning Plans will be kept on file in the Center's office for 1 year after the course ends.
  • TheSTUDENT TIME LOG (MS Excel, 16KB) is an optional tool for students to track their service hours.This tracking sheet can be used by faculty to double check a student's hours and by students to serve as proof of the hours they served at their site.
  • TheEMERGENCY CONTACT FORM (PDF, 20KB) is required and completed by students. The Emergency Contact form is to be given, by the student, to their site supervisor at the organization where they are serving.
  • The CSU VOLUNTEER FORM (PDF, 361KB) is for students who are serving at agencies that do not provide workers compensation insurance for students need to complete this application. These applications are signed by the student and the faculty member and turned in to the CCE's office by the student. Applications are effective as soon as turned in to the CCE's office and ideally should be submitted before the student starts their service hours. NOTE: To verify if you need to complete a Volunteer Form please go to the Community Partner Database and scroll down to Special Requirements. If the box for CSU Volunteer Form is checked you will need to follow the instructions above.
    Some service placement sites may require a Live Scan (i.e., background check). Check first with your site supervisor or contact our offices at 805.437.8851, if you are unsure about Live Scan requirements.
    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. You can either speak with the CCE's Community Engagement Ambassador, Monica Alvarado or visit our United Way Volunteer Kiosk, both are located in Ojai Hall lobby.  You can also FIND YOUR VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY HERE.
  • SEED Grants are available to student clubs or organizations working to "grow" a social action project or program that wold benefit or create change on campus or in the community. SEED grants are available up to $500. We are not accepting applications at this time. Please check back in September 2015.
  • Peace Corps Information Session: Spring session TBD. More information to come.
  • Service Days are open to the students, staff & faculty. For more information about to get involved in the CCE's service days please contact, Monica Alvarado, Community Engagement Ambassador at 805.437.3619.

    • Constitution Day: September 17
    • United Way Day of Caring: September 27
    • Hunger and Homelessness Week: November 15-20
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service: Friday, January 30
    • Cesar Chavez Day of Service and Learning: March 31
    • E-Waster Day: April (TBD)