Service-learning is a teaching strategy that invites students to apply their academic skills to address real-life issues in their communities and schools.

Service-learning is

  • part of the academic curriculum and is integrated (but not limited to) the school day and the academic curriculum;
  • connects young people with structured activities that address human and community issues;
  • provides opportunities to become more engaged with school and to increase civic responsibility, personal and social development, and critical thinking skills; and
  • engages both head (problem-solving, applied learning) and heart (empathy and compassion for others).

Need in Deed adheres to the standards of the National Youth Leadership Council