S-L Student & Faculty Reflections

Service in Bloom: Connecting S-L and Alternative Spring Break (Part One)

Written by S-L Street Team member Shiko Githere At first glance, Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips and Service-Learning seem pretty different. During an ASB trip, one usually leaves the Boston area for another state or country to immerse themselves in volunteer work for one week. Whereas for Service-Learning (S-L), students partner with local organizations for… Continue reading Service in Bloom: Connecting S-L and Alternative Spring Break (Part One)

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ABCD: A Fundamental Philosophy in the Service-Learning Program

By Jordan Perras Northeastern is uniquely situated at the intersection of four incredibly diverse neighborhoods. As residents of Roxbury, the South End, Back Bay and Fenway, we have an opportunity to leave a positive impact in each of those communities. With the best of intentions, many students, myself included, come to Northeastern with preconceived notions… Continue reading ABCD: A Fundamental Philosophy in the Service-Learning Program

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#ShowMeYourAssets; What is asset-based community development?

What is it?  Phillips and Pittman (2009) defined asset-based community development as: "The idea is to build capacity within a community--to build and strengthen a community's assets. In contrast to focusing on problems and needs, this alternative approach...is focused on a community's capacity rather than on its deficits." Why is it important? Becca Berkey writes,"Asset-based… Continue reading #ShowMeYourAssets; What is asset-based community development?