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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!



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.



Bonner Leader Update: Insight into the Freshman Bonner Leader Experience


My experience so far being in a cohort of the Bonner Leader Program at High Point University has been phenomenal and only makes me even more excited for everything that I am going to be involved with in the future. Being a member of the Bonner Leader Program has helped me to appreciate community service even more than I already had before. Not only does visiting the different sites within the community make my appreciation grow, but being a member of such a wonderful Bonner family contributes to this feeling as well. Our weekly freshman cohort meetings as well as our monthly All-Bonner meetings allow us to get to know each other a lot better and form a bond that I don’t want to lose.

Touring and visiting all of the prospective sites I could possibly work at next semester peaked my interest in different types of civic engagement. However, my most favorite site visit by far was the Washington Street site. I believe I enjoyed this visit so much because it relates personally to my family.My family is originally from High Point and many of my aunts and uncles went to William-Penn High School, which further increases my desire to assist with the project on Washington Street. In addition, seeing the church, renovated park, and even the art studio made me realize that Washington Street is the place for me, especially knowing the amount of history that has been created in that area and what a thriving community it once was. I want to see the growth of High Point’s city revitalization project of the Washington Street area and the Bonner Leader Program helped me make that decision. This program not only increases my awareness for the need of civic engagement within the community, but it also builds my leadership skills, respect for others with different situations than mine, and the need to create a change. I’m thankful for being involved with such a wonderful program here at High Point University and I am thrilled to see what the next four years will be like!

– Jasmyn



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