June 26, 2009 at 9:08 AM
Service learning is an integral part of the Journeys Schools academic program, engaging students with Jackson Hole citizens and non-profit organizations that are in need of volunteer help with the goal of improving student, individual, and community well-being. Service learning helps to develop empathy, personal values, awareness, social responsibility and self-confidence. The amount of hours required correlates with the student’s grade level. Ninth-grade students complete a minimum of 20 hours of service and are encouraged to provide service for their families. For instance, students could baby-sit siblings, complete yard work, do laundry and chores, cook, etc., voluntarily and without pay. Tenth-grade students are encouraged to serve their neighborhood, school community (Journeys School or public schools), their church community and/or other communities to which the student belongs. In this instance, students complete a minimum of 30 hours of service, such as baby-sitting for neighbors, shoveling snow, or providing aid in organization offices, etc., voluntarily and without pay. In preparation for their Capstone service learning experience, eleventh-grade students complete a minimum of 40 hours of service, providing service for their self-selected, local non-profit organizations. The Capstone service-learning program is developed in cooperation with the student’s Capstone committee. Twelfth grade students work with a non-profit or government agency of their choice. They must complete a minimum of 50 hours of service. All high school students are required to organize their service learning experience and designate a liaison to communicate with their advisor about provided service and progress. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their service with their advisor and advisory group and give presentations to their peers about their service-learning experiences.