Service Learning

Service Learning

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 environment that promotes their understanding of and commitment to responsible civic leadership. In our turbulent global times, HPU employs its liberal arts mission to prepare students to be active, knowledgeable, and responsible citizens. The Service Learning Program engages students in connecting the theory of the classroom with the practices of good citizens, encouraging community-based research, active problem-solving, and a growth mindset that fosters creativity and social innovation.

Service Learning courses can be found in the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum of the University, in Liberal Arts majors courses, and throughout the University’s professional schools. But wherever these courses are found, students will be active participants in their education and community.

The growth in civic learning and democratic engagement at HPU has been extraordinary! In 2011-2012 the Service Learning Program offered 4 courses in one department, but in the 2014-2015 AY, we offer 24 courses in 14 majors with a total of nearly 400 students who served in the community as they studied in class. That’s an increase in 8,875 hours of service in just three years. In the 2014-2015 AY alone, 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.

 Bonner Leader Update:

New Beginnings, Same Passions

8 October 2015

Becoming a Bonner Leader is one of the greatest things that has happened to me. I have always been eager to help others, and through the Bonner Leader Program I can do just that. I decided to continue participating in the Bonner Program because it has expanded my horizons in regard to service and how we can help our local communities. This program has helped me develop and refine my leadership skills that I apply to my daily tasks. Not only that, but I just love completing service for others. I love knowing that people in the High Point community will benefit from the work that we all put in as a Bonner family. We have accomplished great things, and we are only getting started.

This academic year is going to be amazing in regard to being a Bonner Leader. My site is at the YWCA in the Women’s Resource Center and we are brainstorming new projects that will benefit the members. I have so many great ideas that I think will help women and youth in this community. My goal this year is to help set up at least one new program during this awesome transition in the YWCA. The lovely ladies at the YWCA received donations and grants to reconstruct the facility to better serve the community, and we are also looking into improving, changing, and adding new programs. I cannot wait to see the results in the future!

I am also grateful to be a Bonner because I have formed great friendships with the other Bonners and with the people I work with at the YWCA. It is great knowing we all have the same passion to do great things; also, it amazes me how much we can get done through our passions for helping others. I cannot wait to see everything that we will accomplish this year.


 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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