Fighting Poverty with Passion
This year I attended Dare to Dream: 28th Annual National Service – Learning Conference, hosted by the National Youth Leadership Council. There were nearly one thousand students, educators, and governmental leaders from around the world at this conference. This event was intended to provide attendees with the tools, resources, and support needed to make a positive change in schools, communities, and across the globe.
I had the privilege of serving as Youth Committee co-chair with Erin Gamba, a senior at Southwest Guildford High School in High Point, North Carolina. Together, Erin and I spent several months meeting with nine other members of the youth committee to plan and coordinate conference workshops and events. On the first night, we hosted a speed networking event. The other events that we helped coordinate, included the Youth Play Room, the Dance party, and the Pool party.
Not only did this conference provide a space for people to connect but it also established a space for dialogue about service learning and it’s worth. At the conference, I met a teacher from Arizona, who had a strong passion for service learning. This was her first time at the conference. She was here because she was hoping to connect with teachers who valued service learning in their school’s curriculum. She explained to me that at the school she was teaching at, many of the teachers did not see the value in service learning and that she was having a hard time getting them to see the importance in this kind of work. Although we only had a chance to talk briefly, this conversation made me think further about the push for service learning within the college curriculum. It made me also think about the implications that have been put forth for service-learning. At my University, there was a push for service learning classes. Although, I understood the value that service learning added to my life experiences, trying to dissect the importance of service learning in the classroom was not always clear.
At my University, there was a push for service learning classes. Although, I understood the value that service learning added to my life experiences, trying to dissect the importance of service learning in the classroom was not always clear. There are a number of non-profit organizations, working to address and solve real life problems. While I am a fan of learning inside the classroom, I am a bigger fan of learning outside the classroom realistically seeing and touching the things that are usually kept within the classroom. I believe that the in-class experience keeps students mind blocked from the reality of a situation.