Service Learning Program Resources

OverviewApplication Materials

“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

Supplemental Resources

To research the topic of service learning, find ideas for lesson plans, and learn what other students are accomplishing through service learning, explore the resources below:

STEM Library Lab has curated several pinboards full of lesson plans, reflection activities, project ideas, and other tools to help you develop your service learning program.

National Youth Leadership Council
IPARD service-learning model. NYLC leads the field of service-learning by redefining the role of young people in society. List of listserv(s). Service Learning toolkits. K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice. Project examples. Service Learning Handbook.

The GoodCharacter Service Learning Primer
K-12 project examples. Reflection questions and activities.

Learning to Give
Lesson plans for K-12 coded to Common Core standards.

Youth Service America
Project ideas including virtual service projects. Toolkits. Lesson plans. Webinars. Technology Tools for Service Learning.

CBK Associates
Lesson plans. Guides for kids and teens on tackling the subjects of climate change and global warming, hunger and homeless, reading, protecting and caring for animals.

Malcolm Shabazz City High School
Service learning ideas arranged by subject area.

Lists of nonprofit organizations/potential community partners.

Trash Tree Waste Awareness
Project ideas. Lesson plans. Curriculum web on how to connect the topic to academic subjects. Students at New Foundations Charter School in Philadelphia educate the community about “reduce, reuse, and recycle.”

Harkins Consulting, LLC
Project ideas for all ages and all subjects.

Constitutional Rights Foundation
History/Civics/Social Studies. Lesson plans. Project ideas.

EarthEcho International
Water science lesson plans for middle and high school, including rain barrel installation.

KIDS Consortium, Integrating Scientific Practices and Service-Learning Guide
STEM service learning project ideas.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
Project ideas.

Magnified Giving
IPARD Service-Learning Process. Lesson plans. Student Resource Library with project ideas.

Connect Science
Lesson plans for science, SEL, and service learning.

  1. Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention. (2008, April). A Report by Civic Enterprises in association with Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the National Conference on Citizenship.
  2. Build a Bridge Between Service and Learning. (2010). Kielsmeier, James. The Phi Delta Kappan. Volume 91. Issue 5. 8-15.
  3. Service-Learning in Early Adolescence Results of a School-Based Curriculum. (March 2013). Richards, Maryse & Cornelli Sanderson, Rebecca & Celio, Christine & Grant, Jane & Choi, Inhe & George, Christine & Deane, Kyle. Journal of Experiential Education. Vol 36, Issue 1. 5-21.
  4. Support for K-12 Service-Learning Practice: A Brief Review of the Research. (2002). Billig, Shelley.
  5. Getting Started in Service-Learning: Integrating the Process into K-12 Teaching. National Youth Leadership Council. Revised edition: 2021.
  6. An Investigation of Indicators of Success in Graduates of a Progressive, Urban, Public High School. (Jan. 2016) Kunkel, Christine D. Critical Questions in Education, vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 146–167.
  7. Service Learning in the Middle Grades: Learning by Doing and Caring. (Feb. 2018) Farber, Katy, and Penny Bishop. Research in Middle Level Education Online, vol. 41, no. 2, pp. 1–15. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1080/19404476.2017.1415600.
  8. Learning by Experience in a Standardized Testing Culture: Investigation of a Middle School Experiential Learning Program. (Mar. 2017). Scogin, Stephen C., et al. Journal of Experiential Education, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 39–57. EBSCOhost,
  9. Learning by Doing: Service Learning as a Means of Personal Growth in the Middle Grades. (2017). Katherine A. Farber. Current Issues in Middle Level Education 22 (1), 1-9.
  10. Empowering Elementary Students through Environmental Service-Learning. (Winter 2021). Merritt, Eileen, Tracy Harkins, and Sara Rimm-Kaufman. CLEARING: The journal of community-based environmental literacy education.
  11. Advancing Equity through Service Learning: Building on Strengths Students Have Gained after a Year of Turmoil. (2021). Grossman, Jean, and Nancy Duchesneau. Solutions for Educational Equity through Social and Emotional Well-Being. MDRC.
  12. Can service-learning boost science achievement, civic engagement, and social skills? A randomized controlled trial of Connect Science. (2021). Rimm-Kaufman, Sara E., et al. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology 74.
  13. Service-learning for the public good: Educating for social justice. (2017). Stallworth-Clark, Rosemarie. Journal of Education & Social Justice. 5.1. 81-93. <article was downloaded>
  14. Developing Social Justice Skills through Community Service-Learning in High School Social Studies. (2020). Lucman, Sharehann T. The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Studies. Vol. 81: No. 2, Article 2.

Available for a limited time while supplies last

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 Parish and Metairie, Louisiana. To apply, submit a completed application.

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

Theme And Logo Art Contest

STEM Library Lab will continue to host The Brown Foundation’s annual art contest. We will select a new theme and logo from artwork created by K-11 service learning students.

Contest Guidelines

  • Limit 1 entry per person.
  • All entries must be accompanied by an entry form. Each participant must submit an online entry form and upload an image of the entry.
  • All entries must be the entrant’s original work. If any element of an entrant’s entry infringes upon the rights of another person, the entry will be disqualified from the contest.
  • All artwork is to be designed by service learning students. Students in grades K-11 may create a word theme and draw a picture (logo) to accompany the words.
  • The theme should represent what service learning means to its participant. Artwork must include “The Brown Foundation” and “Service Learning”.
  • The artwork must have a border (can be part of a design or in color) with at least a half inch margin outside of the border.
  • The artwork must be on an unlined 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper. Collages, computer-generated artwork, photography, or photocopies will not be accepted. Please use art materials with vibrant, intense colors that produce a saturated composition. Pencil and light crayons do not reproduce well. The artwork will be photocopied and scanned.
  • By entering the contest, participants grant permission for their artwork, name, and photo to be featured on the STEM Library Lab website, social media, and printed materials for promotional purposes.
  • Entries mailed or delivered in-person in must be the original art. We will not accept photocopies. Mailed entries will not be returned. Mail the entry and entry form to: STEM Library Lab, 3011 N I-10 Service Rd East, Metairie, LA 70002.
  • Participants may enter online at the button below. Participants who enter online must keep their original artwork. However, finalists who entered online will be required to send in the original entry.
  • Entries must be RECEIVED by May 6, 2022. Please allow adequate time for delivery, which may take 1-2 weeks. No entries will be accepted after May 6, 2022.
  • First-, second-, and third-place winners from previous years are eligible to enter the contest again after one year has passed.

Important Dates:

Entry Close date: May 6, 2022

Result date: July 1, 2022


If you have questions, please email Maria Landrum at maria[at] or call 504-517-3584.

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