Service Learning Program Applications & Forms
“I truly believe these service-learning experiences have made me a more effective teacher and have provided students a voice and a chance to show how much of a difference they can make as a citizen, even at a young age.”
-Barry J. Guillot, NBCT | 8th Grade Earth Science, Harry Hurst Middle School
Teachers who would like to participate in the Service Learning Program must apply for an award using the button below.
The criteria to apply is as follows:
- Grades K-12 from schools in Louisiana and Mississippi are eligible.
- Any subject area is eligible for participation in the Service Learning Program.
- Projects are part of a school course or classroom learning; grant awards do not fund extracurricular activities such as school clubs (or the community service projects of a club).
- Homegrown/standard applications for the 2024-2025 school year will be accepted electronically via the STEM Library Lab website between February 1, 2024 – April 26, 2024.
- Ready-to-go applications for the 2024-2025 school year may be submitted via online application, email, snail mail, or in-person at STEM Library Lab by April 26, 2024.
- Policies and Requirements for the Service Learning Program are available here. Got questions? Contact the Service Learning Manager, Maria Landrum, at maria[at]stemlibrarylab.org or 504.517.3584, ext. 3.
Homegrown Service Learning Projects
Homegrown projects are designed by you! You select the community issue you want to address, choose a service partner to work with, and create the lesson plans. If you’re looking for guidance, you can sign up for a service learning workshop and/or schedule a meeting with the Service Learning Manager; the manager can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 504.517.3584, ext. 3. Additionally, our Resources page has project ideas and more. To apply, click the button below.
2024-25 Homegrown Service Learning Application
*NOTE: If you are applying for the LSU Coastal Roots program, use the Ready-to-Go application below.
Ready-To-Go Service Learning Projects
Ready-to-Go projects are pre-packaged service learning projects developed by STEM Library Lab for schools in the Greater New Orleans area. The service component has been paired with relevant classroom curriculum and is aligned with Louisiana standards. Curriculum may be provided as lesson plans for the project, delivered by educators from the service organization, or a combination of both. Greater New Orleans partners for the 2024-2025 school year include CRCL, LSU Coastal Roots, The Green Project, Ozanam Inn, Woodlands Conservancy, LUMCON and more. To sign up for these projects, explore the options below.
LSU COASTAL ROOTS
The overall goal of the LSU Coastal Roots Native Seedling Nursery Program is to assist students in developing an attitude of stewardship toward our natural resources and to explore strategies for sustaining our coastal ecosystems within a constructive active learning opportunity. The following program objectives support this goal:
1. Conduct an on-going school-based nursery program growing native Louisiana plants.
2. Involve students in a hands-on habitat restoration planting where students plant their crop of school-grown seedlings.
3. Inform teachers and students about critical environmental issues such as ecological stewardship, coastal land loss, habitat restoration and conservation, while learning basic science and horticultural concepts and skills.
Prior to submitting this application, please contact Dr. Pam Blanchard at 337.739.8506 or PamB@lsu.edu to ensure that you fully understand the program and are willing to fully participate in the program. For more information about the Coastal Roots Program, visit www.lsu.edu/coastalroots/.
STEM Library Lab is sponsoring a pre-packaged Service Learning Field Trip to LUMCON Headquarters in Cocodrie, LA. The program curriculum is aligned with Louisiana science standards for grades 8-12. Students will learn about the importance of estuary monitoring and add to the data sets used by scientists in Louisiana and beyond.
COALITION TO RESTORE COASTAL LOUISIANA
This pre-packaged Service Learning Field Trip to CRCL’s Restoration Headquarters in Violet, LA is aligned with Louisiana science and social studies standards for grades 8-12. Students will learn about the Louisiana coastal land loss crisis while aiding in restoration efforts by bagging oyster shells into mesh bags in preparation for reef construction.
STEM Library Lab is sponsoring a pre-packaged Service Learning Field Trip to Woodlands Conservancy in Belle Chasse, LA. Students will learn the part that forested wetlands play in storm mitigation and will be planting native trees in a designated restoration area. The program curriculum is aligned with Louisiana science standards for grades 8-12.
Students will receive instruction about homelessness and household budgeting before a trip to Ozanam Inn, or a visit from a formerly unhoused guest speaker, before selecting and participating in one of the following service actions: donation drive or multipurpose cleaning product creation. The project curriculum is aligned with Louisiana student content standards in math for grades 6-7 and includes financial literacy curriculum for grades 6-12. Students are given an overview of Ozanam Inn’s work and services before voting to make multipurpose cleaners or host a donation drive for Ozanam Inn.
The Environmental Education and Paint Recycling programs at The Green Project have united to create the M.E.S.S. Lab, combining Math, English, Social Studies and Science (M.E.S.S.) in a place-based learning lab. The M.E.S.S. Lab houses a paint recycling operation where students experience the paint recycling process from start to finish. This service project is standards-aligned for 4th-5th grade students.
COMMON GROUND RELIEF – COMING SOON!
AFFORDABLE HOUSING & HOMELESSNESS
In partnership with Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center and UNITY, STEM Library Lab is offering a pre-packaged (Ready-to-Go) Service Learning Project. The Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center (LaFHAC) is a nonprofit civil rights organization established to eradicate housing discrimination, and UNITY is a nonprofit that coordinates community partnerships to end homelessness. This project ties Louisiana Social Studies Standards-aligned curriculum for grades 2-3 and grades 8-12 to relevant, hands-on community service. Students are given an overview of service learning, UNITY, and LaFHAC, and a housing presentation by LaFHAC, before students select one of two service projects which will produce items that will be donated to UNITY.
Rain Barrel Project with GREEN LIGHT NEW ORLEANS
The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation is pleased to support Green Light New Orleans’ Rain Barrel Service Learning Program. Green Light repurposes rain barrels to combat erosion and street flooding, and they invite your students to help with this process. Green Light will provide rain barrels, lesson plans, and paint materials to your school. This project is available to schools within the levee system of Orleans, St Bernard, and most of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
We offer a lesson plan to accompany the project!
Get In the Scrap! with The National World War II Museum
The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation is a proud sponsor of The National World War II Museum’s Get in the Scrap! Service Learning Program. Inspired by the scrapping efforts of youth during World War II, Get in the Scrap! is a national service learning project about recycling and energy conservation. Most projects can be done without students leaving a school campus. To sign up, visit getinthescrap.org.
Forms for Award Recipients
Changes to Service Learning Project Scope
Any changes made to a Service Learning Award (i.e. – budget, service partner, or curriculum) must be approved BEFORE the changes are made. Use the form below to request approval of changes.
All Service Learning Award recipients must complete an expenditure report that summarizes the service learning project and accounts for funds awarded and spent. The 2023-2024 Expenditure, Evaluation and Reflection Report is due by May 10, 2024.
Some award recipients have been selected to complete a mid-project report summarizing their project’s progress. For the selected recipients, the report is due before or on Friday, December 8, 2023, unless otherwise stated in the award agreement.
Ready-to-Go Final Report Forms
Ready-to-Go Award recipients must complete a final report that summarizes the service learning project and accounts for funds awarded and spent. The reports should be submitted within a month of completing a Ready-to-Go project but must be submitted by May 10, 2024.
- M.E.S.S. Lab Final Report Form
- Housing & Homelessness Final Report Form
- Spring 2024 LUMCON Final Report Form
As a thank you for participating in the Service Learning Program, the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation is offering free admission to your students and chaperones to the National World War II Museum. Please read the instructions carefully before completing the form.
NEW! Kenner Planetarium and Space Science Complex Form
WW2 Museum Reservation Forms
If you’re excited to apply but need support writing the application deciding on a quality project, we’re here to help. Start by attending an upcoming workshop, or reviewing the resources below.
- Service Partners Guide and Ideas
- Service Partners in Mississippi
- Application Rubric
- Sample Applications
- Application Resources
Service Learning Workshops are offered regularly during Winter and Spring. The workshops are for teachers, counselors, and administrators interested in applying for service learning awards to implement service-learning programs in their schools. Workshops are virtual and conducted via Zoom and registration is required to receive the Zoom meeting link.
If you would like to schedule a service learning PD session for your faculty and staff, please contact Maria at maria[at]stemlibrarylab.org or 504-517.3584, ext 3.