ETR’s National Service-Learning Clearinghouse receives California State Assembly and Senate offices proclamation

The National Learn & Serve Challenge is a concentrated week of activities designed to increase public understanding of service-learning and of the federal Learn and Serve America program (the funder of ETR's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse), and to inspire more communities to launch their own service-learning programs. Nearly 200 events are planned, ranging from service projects and community presentations to service-learning fairs and celebrations. Last month the U.S House passed a resolution recognizing the benefits of service learning and supporting the National Learn & Serve Challenge. Fourteen governors or chief state school officers have issued proclamations.

Service-learning is a hands-on teaching method that engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of academic work and out-of-school time activities. Research demonstrates that service-learning increases academic achievement and student engagement, improves civic attitudes and community involvement, and decreases risky behaviors. ETR's National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is the world's largest repository of research and practice material on service-learning and a community hub for K-12, higher education, nonprofit, and Indian Tribes and US Territories service-learning communities.

In addition to the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse's participation in the Challenge as one of the week's key national supporters, ETR is taking part by securing Learn & Serve Challenge Week proclamations from the California State Assembly and Senate offices.

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