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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 Freshman Bonner Leader Experience

The Bonner Leader Program has definitely made an impact on my life. It has brought me together with a diverse group of people who have become my “Bonner Family.” Working together as a team during our Service Saturdays and during our site rotations has shown me the different leadership styles that are in existence. I have observed how the different Bonner Leaders I work with express their thoughts and ideas. Also, I have observed how we all function as a group. Some people are more outspoken while others are quiet, but they still get their ideas across the table at a later time once they think everything through. I noticed this at our Service Saturdays when we were trying to figure out how we would accomplish our goals within a short amount of time. Being a psychology major, it was interesting to witness. Also, it is amazing to see how we are all growing not only as individuals, but as a family.

Moreover, serving the community of High Point has changed my perspective of service as a whole. Back home I knew that there were problems that needed to be resolved, but coming out here made me realize that there are a lot of issues that are far more serious that will take longer to resolve. One of the more prominent issues here is poverty. This is one of my passions because I know that times are rough for a lot of people. I have always been one to reach out a hand to those who want help and I know that I can be a resource to them, whether it is for advice or helping them write a resume and things of that nature. A particular service experience that lead me to recognize this communal issue was volunteering at the Free Dental Clinic at West End Ministries. I was able to talk with people from the High Point community and they opened up to me about their hardships. It truly opened my eyes. Because of this realization I have become more dedicated to making a change in this community; also, the skills I continue to develop here will help me to make a change in my community back home. I will be able to do this by utilizing the skills and knowledge gained here and applying them to the issues my hometown is facing.

I am truly blessed to be a Bonner Leader. I can only imagine how much I will grow as an individual by the end of my four years as an undergraduate through this program.


 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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