August News 💠 Tampa's Youth Service Hub!
We help students find purpose in learning through service.
The Link Between AVID and Service-Learning
Service-Learning is essentially community service layered with curricular outcomes. Students collaborate, use critical thinking skills and proven research techniques, to discover needs in the community and organize service opportunities. Service -Learning is NOT another thing to do. It is the community service project your AVID students choose, plan, and execute! High-quality service-learning occurs when the community service project connects to learning objectives, results in meaningful service, includes youth voice, open to diversity, has established progress monitoring and reflection steps, builds partnerships, and is of a duration and/or intensity to have a lasting impact. Learn and Serve Tampa Inc provides FREE virtual assistance to AVID teachers seeking to enhance this practice. Book your slot now 👉 https://dayslice.com/servicelearningrocks/ask-me-anything #servicelearningrocks
YSA Lead Agency Seeking New Partnerships for 23-24!
Learn and Serve Tampa Inc is gearing up for three National Days of Service. As a Youth Service America (YSA) Lead Agency, Learn and Serve Tampa Inc will promote youth and family service opportunities, collect information on the service performed by youth around these important days, and provide technical assistance and support for partner projects and services. If you would like to partner with us, submit this form by August 9, 2023. There is no financial requirement for your organization and we only request that each partner engage youth in service around one of the two latter National Days of Service (9/11 Day can be a planning day) and report basic information to us for our report obligations. Note that there is a large window of opportunity around a "day" of service, so projects can be a few weeks before or after. This application has been reviewed by HCPS so individual school groups can sign up! AVID, IB, JROTC, NHS, NJHS, this means you!
9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance
Mark Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Global Youth Service Month/Day of Service
Be a Youth Service Leader!
Youth can and should create their own service projects! You just need a nonprofit or community organization, not a relative, who can attest to your hours. Check out Independent Service Leader on our website to get started, or better yet, discover real needs, develop solutions & make a service-driven impact with Dr. Verdi's #servicelearningrocks! Workshop! https://dayslice.com/servicelearningrocks/planning-a-community-service-project-middle-high-school
"We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
September 11 - The Teachable Moment
Per a new Florida law, all middle school Civics students and high school US History students must have 45 minutes of instruction on “9/11 Heroes’ Day” on topics involving the history and significance of September 11, 2001. In our opinion, 45 minutes is not enough time to unpack 9/11. Learn and Serve Tampa Inc is partnering with veterans groups and national organizations on Patriot Day events that might be able to support student learning. If interested in a service event, contact Dr. Verdi by August 9.
We have attached two learning activities you can use in your classroom and there are great resources available through the 9/11 Memorial and Museum , Facing History and Ourselves, and PBS. If you are teaching younger students, read this article first! For those groups interested in getting started in service, Learn and Serve Tampa Inc will host The Heart of Service lesson virtually for all grade levels on Monday, September, 11, 2023. You can also search these websites for volunteer opportunities happening in connection with September 11.
Thank you to those who purchased raffle tickets and congratulations to those who took home a prize. We raised $753 to pay insurance costs, improve our website (coming soon), and cover other recurring expenses. Next up? We are hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, August 31 from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the TGI Fridays located at 18001 Highwoods Preserve Parkway, Tampa. We need 20 RSVPs by August 28. If this location is near your home, school, or business, please add this event to your calendar and RSVP today! https://www.groupraise.com/events/256523
We are seeking new board members who share our passion for youth and their need to build civic responsibility and resiliency through service-learning in Tampa area K-12 schools. Please email Dr. Verdi about your interest and to receive more information. In great need of marketing and social media expertise.