Academic Service Learning


What is Service Learning?

CELT Academic Service Learning logoService learning is a philosophy of experiential learning in which students participate in community service, not only to meet the needs of the community, but also to develop critical thinking skills, commitment to values, skills for effective citizenship, and the ability to use the community activity as a means of understanding course concepts. It is an objectives anom-based program that involves students in some form of required community service and uses that activity as a means of understanding course concepts. Service learning is a pedagogical approach whereby students engage in a service activity that benefits the common good.

Click here to view a PowerPoint presentation about service learning from Dr. James Heffernan, Executive Director for NY Campus Connect.
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What is the goal of Academic Service Learning?

The goal of ASL is to blend service with learning goals and activities in such a way that the two reinforce each other and produce a greater impact than either could produce alone.

The critical elements of ASL are:

ASL Organizations

The following are organizations that have worked with Berkeley College's faculty for Academic Service Learning courses:

New Jersey Organizations

All Stars Project of NJ
American Conference on Diversity
Arthritis Foundation
Call-Us-Clowns INC
Community Blood Services
Eva's Village
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, Englewood,NJ
Gilda's Club NJ
Girl Scouts of America
Greater Newark Conservancy
Habitat for Humanity
Hyacinth Aids Foundation
Leadership Newark
Link Community School
New Jersey Community Research Institute
Newark Now
Paterson Museum, Clifton Arts Center
Save the Animals Rescue Team (Start II)
The Shakespeare Theater of NJ
The Strategy Network, NJ
The Newark Museum


Other Organizations

Casa de los Angeles

New York Organizations

A Better Chance
All Stars Project of NY
American Red Cross White Plains
American Cancer Society
Aids Walk
Arthritis Foundation (NY chapter)
Children for Children
Covenant House
City Harvest
El Centro Hispano
Encore Community Services
Elliott-Chelsea "I have a dream" program
Food Bank of Westchester
Food Bank for NY City
Gilda's Club - WST
Hospice and Palliative Care, WST
Jewish Home Life Care
Junior Achievement of NY
KidsXpress Magazine - Literacy Program
March of Dimes
NY Coalition Against Hunger
New York Blood Services
NYC Firefighters' Burn Center
NYC Office of Financial Empowerment
NYC Police Foundation
Partnership for the Homeless
Riverside Park Fund
Rivington Nursing Home
Saint Vincent Medical Centers
Service for Peace
Seeds of Peace
Slate Center - White Plains Community Service
The Guidance Center, New Rochelle
The Education Alliance
Villagecare of NY
VNSNY Hospice Care