Service-learning is a teaching strategy that invites students to apply their academic skills to address real-life issues in their communities and schools. Need in Deed invites students to explore community issues that they care about and to take action. Our approach to service-learning utilizes our signature, My Voice Framework that gives students a real-world context for the concepts and skills in their curriculum. It calls on them to use their gifts and talents to speak out or act on behalf of others. And every year, they amaze us with their passion and perception, and they reaffirm our belief in their promise.
Developed by educators, My Voice is a process of self-discovery, reflection, inquiry, and action that connects the classroom with the community.
My Voice encourages active, hands-on learning integrated with the school curriculum.
My Voice is a structured sequence of classroom activities. Adaptable for every grade level and continuously updated, it is designed with flexibility so that any subject area—math, science, social studies, language arts, art—can serve as the entry point for service-learning.
Incorporating best-practice strategies in education, public health, and design thinking, My Voice offers powerful ways for students to learn more about the world while building their sense of purpose and capability.
From initial inquiry through implementation of their project, My Voice gives students multiple opportunities to develop and apply skills of reading comprehension, speaking, writing, math, social studies and science, information literacy, listening, planning, and teamwork.
Need in Deed offers no-cost services for Philadelphia public and charter school teachers who want to integrate service-learning in their classrooms. Service-learning:
Need in Deed adheres to the standards of the National Youth Leadership Council.