Service Learning


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.
  • The Student Service-Learning Guidebook (PDF, 176KB) is designed to be a reference tool for students participating in a service-learning class. The Learning Guidebook provides you with step-by-step instructions about the service learning process.
  • The Student 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 begining their service. Learning Plans will be kept on file in the Center's office for 1 year after the course ends.
  • The Student Log (MS Excel, 16KB) is an optional tool for students to use to help keep track of their individual service hours.This tracking sheet can be used by faculty to double check a students hours and by students to serve as proof of the hours they served at the community- based organization.
  • The Emergency Contact Form (PDF, 20KB) is required and to be completed by students. The 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 the to 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.
  • 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 805.437.8851, if you are unsure about Live Scan requirements.
  • 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.

United Way of Ventura Volunteer Opportunities

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. Whether your talent is tutoring students, assisting seniors, working with animals, cleaning our environment or simply lending a helping hand, the database has these and many other opportunities available for you.
Find your volunteer opportunity here.