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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: The Sophomore Bonner Leader Experience

When applying to become a part of the Bonner Leader Program, I really was not sure what to expect. Seeing that it is a newer program at High Point University and never hearing about it during my freshman year, I was extremely hesitant. However, after hearing that the majority commitment was community service and leadership opportunities, I grabbed on to the opportunity.

Becoming a part of the Bonner Leader Program has completely changed my view on the community surrounding the gates of High Point University. As a freshman, I was always hesitant to venture off into the town around me. The university puts up this strong disconnect between the people living a street away and the students who attend High Point. Yet, through the opportunities of service through Bonner at Macedonia, West End Ministries, Washington Street, and the YWCA, my outlook has completely changed. There is no more disconnect. I am no longer hesitant to interact with the genuine, down to earth, citizens of High Point. To me, not only do I feel at home at the university, I feel at home in the city. Working at these services sites allows for me to build connections with the residents, understand their desires for High Point, and serve by voicing their desires to others, or making the beginning steps for their desires to become realities.

Service has always been a large piece of my life from working in a local children’s hospital back home to being a Sunday School teacher, and even organizing my own walk for pancreatic cancer. However, serving with the Bonner Leader Program and working with people who are faced with even tougher situations than I have ever seen before has really changed my view on service. Service is not always creating a whole new picture such as cleaning a garden or tearing down a house. Service is simply lending a hand to someone in need. Service is letting go of all your thoughts and opening your ears to listen to those asking for help and opening your hands with desire to begin helping in any way possible.



 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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