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Service Learning is where service, leadership, and ethics meet for the common good.

The mission of the Service Learning Program at High Point University is to engage students in an experiential and interdisciplinary learning experience that promotes their understanding of and commitment to responsible civic leadership. Service Learning courses involve students in a minimum of 25 hours of service that is connected with the learning objectives of the class: the service helps the material become more practical and relevant and the course material helps students better understand and serve their communities.

In 2011-2012 the Service Learning Program offered 4 courses in one department, but by the 2013-2014 AY, we offered 20 courses in 11 majors with a total of 297 students who served in the community as they studied in class. That’s an increase in 6,270 hours of service in just three years. In the 2014-2015 AY, the SL Program intends to have students serve about 10,000 hours in the City of High Point — that service is estimated to have an economic impact of $210,400.

A course highlight is listed below, but all HPU SL courses are listed under the “Service Learning Courses” tab on the left toolbar. Please explore the classes, look at syllabi, and see the good work and rigorous education involved in the HPU SL Program. The SL Program also oversees the HPU Community Writing Center, Bonner Program, Democracy USA Program, and VISTA Program…more on each of those can also be found on the left-hand tool bar. Enjoy!

 Bonner Leader Update: Fall 2014 Has Come to an End

My experience with The Bonner Leader Program so far has been something else. Bonner has opened up my eyes to what it likes to work outside the gates of High Point University.  Being able to go out into a new community, a community that I consider my new home, makes me feel privileged. I am privileged to be given such an opportunity to be working with some of the most passionate, open minded, hardworking, and intelligent people that I get to call my family.  Going into the Bonner Leader Program I had some idea of what I was getting into, but this program has changed my views on what it really means to give back.

So far the 3 sites I have visited and worked are West End Ministries, Washington Street, and YWCA.  My first site visit was at West End Ministries where I helped organize the food pantry, specifically the freezer, where I went through all the foods and categorized them. Another time I worked at West End,I sorted through boxes of clothes and had to decide what went into the women’s closet or what went to the thrift store. The women’s closet is for the women of Leslie’s House who live there and need clothing.  Looking back I felt a sense of satisfaction knowing that my work will benefit someone else. The next site I worked at was Washington Street, where I made phone calls promoting the YWCA 5k event and passing out flyers making people aware of the Unity Festival happening on Washington Street. The last place I worked at was the YWCA where I helped out in their Women’s Resource Center, Latino Family Center, and Youth Services. What was memorable about the YWCA was the positivity in the atmosphere and all the warm smiling faces that passed me in the hallway. All three of these works sites have left an impact on me and have opened eyes to realize that our personal choices or actions do leave an impression on people.

At the end of the day I feel an overwhelming sense of contentment. I can go about my days knowing that I am slowly but surely making a difference in the community around me. These experiences have helped me to grow in my actions, the way I speak to people, and the way that I think. Surrounding yourself with individuals who have the same mindset but all add their own ideas is how you go about making a difference. Thinking back, things were a little rough because I am a freshman trying to juggle everything at the same time, but in the end all the ups and downs were worth it.


– Aly

 Spring Service Learning Class Highlights


ENG 2230 Literature and Community with Dr. Walker (Spring 2014)

Partnering with the Culler Senior Center in High Point and Pennybyrn at Maryfield, this English literature course developed a program called HPU LifeLines. LifeLines uses poetry to bridge the gap between High Point University students and the elderly community. Poetic experiences are provided to fulfill the interests and desires of our community partners. The reciting of poems combined with interactive activities and the joint writing of a poem strengthens the friendships between the elders and the students. This poetic journey also provides stress relief to all that participate in the workshop. Read more about the project at their website: Also read the recent story on the class featured on the HPU homepage.



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