York students have the opportunity to bring fun, collaboration, and hard work, as well as York’s core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and compassion to their varied volunteer roles in order to help the community grow closer and stronger. The goals of the service learning program are for students to make meaningful and positive contributions to their communities and to gain a unique experiential educational opportunity. By extending the boundaries of school, the service requirement strives to engage students in the world outside of their own, build upon their existing skill set, and broaden their horizons.
The York School Service Learning initiative designed to strengthen the community stewardship ethic and deepen learning through volunteerism and community involvement. What we call the “Service Learning Internship” serves different purposes for the three constituent groups involved (students, community organizations, and York School). Students learn first-hand about social and environmental issues, gain experience beyond the school campus, and experience personal growth and expanded self-awareness. Community organizations benefit from expanded capacity, potential staff recruitment, and increased visibility. And, finally, through this program, York is able to support and engender contributions to the broader community, strengthen our resource network, and nurture a service ethic in the school body.