Service-learning Workshop Series

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For those who have registered, the information below provides details on the workshop series and an upcoming training schedule.

Do you want to build youth engagement in your organization? Come join us to learn how to empower youth to impact issues in your community.

This professional development series is designed to prepare participants to implement a high-quality service-learning project by using tools and strategies from the KIDS as Planners Guidebook. High quality is defined by the eight K-12 National Service-Learning Standards: Meaningful Service, Partnerships, Youth Voice, Links to Curriculum, Reflection, Diversity, Progress Monitoring and Duration & Intensity. Projects developed through this program will help build relationships between youth-their peers and adults, build youth competency around issues that your organization helps to identify and develop agency in students to impact local problems.

All participants will receive free training, coaching during planning and implementation and a copy of The KIDS As Planners Guidebook as a resource for developing a high-quality service-learning program. Youth in your programs are also eligible to apply for up to $1,000 in mini grant money. Generously donated by Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation.

Participants must commit to all trainings.

Upcoming trainings

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 8:00-12:00pm Part One: Kickoff and SL 101

  • Learn who is in this cohort and what they hope to accomplish through this program
  • Get Familiar with our Learning Platform(s)
  • Learn/Review the difference between service-learning, community service and community-based learning
  • Understand the importance of academic integrity (including social emotional learning), student ownership and apprentice citizenship
  • Explore multiple service-learning project examples
  • Learn about mini-grant opportunity

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 8:00am-12:00pm Part Two: SL 102

  • Understand what high-quality service-learning is in relations to the 8 National Standards for K-12 High Quality Service-Learning 
  • Learn a 13-ingredient recipe (KIDS Framework) to implement a high-quality service-learning project with students

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 8:00am-12:00pm Part Three: Tools For Planning and Implementing

  • Learn about multiple tools from the KIDS As Planners Guidebook, both teacher planning tools and student tools to navigate the steps of the KIDS Framework.
  • Understand that planning a service-learning unit is very similar to planning any good unit of study with learning outcomes, and timelines.
  • Create an initial service-learning plan by outlining four areas that will address academic integrity (including SEL), student ownership and apprentice citizenship.
  • Reflect on if their plan provides racial equity and critical hope for students.
  • Begin next steps for planning and implementing a service-learning project with students

Training reminders

Coaching while groups are planning/developing their program will be determined by teams and facilitators at the end of Jan 26th session.

Coaching while groups are implementing their programs with students will be determined by teams and facilitators as needed. Help for youth filling out mini-grant applications will also be provided if needed.

Reflective Practice Session to celebrate programs and think about next steps for the future-3-4hr TBD once all projects are completed.


For questions, please contact Kelsey Preecs via email at or by phone at (207) 624-7838.

We thank our generous funders for making this opportunity available!

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Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

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Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation