Gardening at BJE Teen Service Corps

What are the benefits of Jewish Service Learning? Research shows that when teens engage in effective Jewish Service Learning experiences, they gain in self-confidence and self-worth, academic achievement, Jewish identity, Jewish and community citizenship, and character. Interested in some of the research on the benefits of Service Learning for teens, and what makes for effective Service Learning?

Check out these links:

Cousens, Beth. “Making Meaning: Emerging Adults and Service.” http://repairlabs.org/making-meaning-emerging-adults-and-service/2369

Markham, Paul. “Connecting the Dots: Why Civic Engagement Has to be More than the ‘Good Stuff.’ ” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/paul-n-markham-phd/civic-engagement

President’s Council on on Service and Civic Participation: Youth Engaged in Service. “Why Serve?” http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/yes/why_serve.html

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. “Civic Learning at the Edge: Transformative Stories of Highly Engaged Youth.” http://www.mpricemitchell.com/Research/research.php

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. “How Society Grades Teachers: Study Shows How Educators Contribute to Social Change and Innovation.” http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-moment-youth/201111/how-society-grades-teachers

Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. “Why Risk-Taking May Increase Teen Happiness.” http://www.rootsofaction.com/why-risk-taking-may-increase-teens-happiness/

Rog, Laura, “Assessing Youth Service Through the Lens of Teaching Citizenship.” http://volunteermaine.org/blog/assessing-youth-service-through-the-lens-of-teaching-citizenship

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Alisha Pedowitz
Program Leader, BJE Impact