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Service-Learning @ Nanyang Junior College: Student-initiated Service-Learning Projects

At Nanyang Junior College, our students are strongly encouraged to initiate class-based and CCA-based service projects with an emphasis on Service-Learning (S-L) which will benefit the wider community. Students who are interested to initiate and lead a S-L project can volunteer to be an S-L Advocate, which is an official appointment under the college’s leadership portfolio for the Class Executive Committee. Appointed S-L Advocates will undergo a training programme where they will be trained in S-L methodology, project management and facilitation skills.

Through the five part journey of investigation, planning, actual implementation, reflection and demonstration, the S-L programme in NYJC works towards achieving both Service and Learning objectives while engaging the community. Participants will analyse their needs analysis of real issues facing the community and use what they have learnt in the classroom to solve real-life problems. For example, if students collect trash along the beach, analyse their findings to determine the possible sources of pollution and share the results with residents (public) or an authority (National Environment Agency), they are engaged in the process of S-L where they can apply their knowledge from General Paper (global issues), Project Work, Science, Mathematics, Economics and other academic subjects to real-world issues. 

By combining volunteerism and structured experiential learning, service to the community transforms you as an individual and in turn, this change enriches the service you render to the community. 

Objectives of Service-Learning
Before embarking on a S-L project, there are two types of objectives that students need to determine:
 
Service Objectives
To meet community needs through the involvement of students, staff and community partners in meaningful service

Learning Objectives
To cultivate our five college values: Drive, Responsibility Integrity, Inventiveness and Empathy through programme design, service to the community, facilitation and reflection

Service-Learning Timeline

Date

Activity/Event

 

23rd Mar

(12pm-2pm)

S-L Seminar

Attend seminar talks by VWOs. Visiting of Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWOs) booths to make initial contact with partnering organisation.

 

23rd Mar Onwards

Search for a Partnering Organisation

S-L Advocates/Class leaders will get to know their chosen organisation well, understand the special needs of the group they are helping/ interacting with, assign key roles and responsibilities among students and prepare required materials/programme.

By 24th Apr

Submission of Draft Proposal to Civics Tutor(s) for approval.

At least 2 weeks before project

Conduct Recce Trip to Organisation

S-L Advocates/Class Leaders to contact respective charitable organisations to finalise date, time, needs and activities.

 By 3rd May

Submission of Final Proposal to Civics Tutor(s) for approval (or at least 2 weeks before project).

 

At least 1 week before

S-L Project

Final preparation for Class S-L Project

•    S-L Advocates to collate all Consent Forms [signed by VP] and submit to respective Civics tutor.

•    Work with Civics Tutor on Risk Assessment Management System (RAMS) Form. Civics

Tutor to submit RAMS to Ms Maggie/Nurain.

•    All receipts to claim as project cost (up to $100 per CT) to be submitted to the Civics tutor within 1 week of date of purchase.

       During project

Facilitation (1 hour)

•    S-L Advocates to facilitate reflection process.

•    Students to reflect on their class S-L experience through reflection template (check

AsknLearn)

    At the end of the 

          project

Feedback from Partnering Organisation:

S-L Advocates to solicit feedback from partnering organisation. Feedback form in

AsknLearn.

Within 1 week after project

Submission of the following to Civics Tutor(s):

•   S-L Portfolio (hardcopy)

-     Partnership Feedback Form (check AsknLearn)

-     500-word write-up of S-L project

-     Individual reflections

•   Submit SL project details to http://tinyurl.com/nyjcservicelearningform

 

•   Email student participants name list, hours contributed and 20 clear photos of students in action to nanyangjcservicelearning@gmail.com

10th September

JC1 classes are strongly encouraged to complete their S-L project by 10th September 2017.

Project Beneficiaries