Service Learning combines academic instruction with active community service, utilizing critical, reflective thinking to examine the world around you and your civic responsibilities. It is a mutually beneficial partnership, allowing you to apply what you have learned in the classroom into the real world while developing new skills in a service position in the community. You get a chance to improve your critical thinking skills, explore career possibilities, and make a difference by meeting community needs and increasing community support. The colleges offer you an opportunity to serve at a wide variety of charitable and social agencies. There are opportunities in local schools, child care centers, hospitals, and community-based organizations for students to both learn and serve through this hands-on approach. Visit https://www.dcccd.edu/bc/outreach/servicelearning/pages/default.aspx for more information or to contact a campus coordinator at your college.