Service Learning

Are you ready for something new? Service Learning is a program introducing concepts of community service and leadership through projects, initiatives and events benefiting the community and the individual.

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About Our Program

Service Learning introduces concepts of empowerment and community engagement to high school students through hands-on engagement. Our program centers around the preparation, involvement and reflection on community service projects, initiatives and events.

What is Service Learning?

Service-learning utilizes service in the community as the primary means of education. This educational approach balances instruction with practical application through community engagement.

Program Cost

$175 per student.

*Please note: if you'd like to participate but our program cost is prohibitive to your participation, just send us an email and we'll work out a price that makes sense for you.

Program Co-Sponsor

Orange Coast Optimist Club

INteractive Learning

For those who have experienced our workshops before know that we use a highly interactive teaching methodology focusing on student engagement.

Location & Dates

Orange County

Seminar Locations:

  • Tanaka Farms
  • 5380 University Drive
  • Irvine, CA 92612

*Program will alternate between learning seminars and service projects. Service project locations will occur in the Orange County region and will be announced at a later date.

General Timeframe:

Sunday Afternoons, 1:00-4:30pm

Program Dates:

  • October 9, 2016
  • *Dual Session - Opening Retreat at Tanaka Farms
  • October 23, 2016
  • *Keiro, Boyle Heights
  • November 6, 2016
  • November 20, 2016
  • December 4, 2016
  • December 18, 2016
  • *Keiro, Boyle Heights
  • January 8, 2017
  • *Keiro, Boyle Heights
  • January 22, 2017
  • February 5, 2017
  • *Dual Session - Manzanar (transportation provided)
  • February 19, 2017
  • *Dual Session - Closing Retreat at Tanaka Farms

South Bay

Seminar Locations:

  • TBD - Gardena/Torrance

*Program will alternate between learning seminars and service projects. Service project locations will occur in the South Bay region and will be announced at a later date.

General Timeframe:

Sunday Afternoons, 1:00-4:30pm

Program Dates:

  • October 9, 2016
  • *Dual Session - Opening Retreat at Tanaka Farms
  • October 16, 2016
  • *Keiro, South Bay
  • October 30, 2016
  • November 13, 2016
  • November 27, 2016
  • December 11, 2016
  • *Keiro, South Bay
  • December 18, 2016
  • *Keiro, South Bay
  • January 15, 2017
  • February 5, 2017
  • *Dual Session - Manzanar (transportation provided)
  • February 19, 2017
  • *Dual Session - Closing Retreat at Tanaka Farms

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Little Tokyo

Little Tokyo is an important community space for the Japanese American community, with institutions that preserve history, spread arts and culture, and provide space for community events. Students will get to learn about why Little Tokyo is important and will meet local community leaders. All of these services provided by Little Tokyo organizations wouldn't be possible without volunteer help!

Program Methodology

Service Learning focuses on growth & development through the assessment, planning, and implementation of a service project. By taking action on a critical community need, students will feel empowered to be change makers in our community.

Assessment

Students will learn how to critically analyze the needs of a community by performing site visits and needs assessments with members of the community. By interacting directly with the population being served, students will gain a greater understanding of how to plan a project with the biggest impact.

Planning

After performing their community needs assessment, students will then get to plan a service project that addresses the needs of the community. They will gain experience in event planning, volunteer coordination, and working with local community leaders.

Action

Once they've planned their projects, students will then execute and carry out those projects in the community. They will get to see the real impact of their work and the concepts they've learned throughout the program.

Reflection

Service learning doesn't stop after just one event. After completing their projects, students will have a chance to reflect upon the impact of their projects and ways to expand them in the future. They will get to discuss long-term solutions to the community needs they've learned about through the program.

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The Manzanar Trip

This year's program will feature a day-trip to the Manzanar National Historic Site. Students will have the opportunity to tour the site and participate in a preservation-based service project. A very unique opportunity!

Frequently asked Questions

Let us answer some of your initial questions. You can of course, feel free to email us if you have more questions!

How many sessions are we allowed to miss?

Most families miss a few sessions for practices, study groups and other important school time activities etc. You can miss up to 3 sessions and still be on track with our program.

I would like to know more information.

Please feel free to reach out to Kizuna at any time with your questions. You can reach us by email or by phone (see footer for contact information).

Is it worth it?

Students are involved in a number of community service activities and leadership development programs. Project: Community! provides a critical need of reflection on why service to community is important.

How is this program different from Youth CAN?

You can think of the programs as complimentary. While Youth CAN builds a sense of identity and community, Service Learning is focused on community engagement and service projects. It's a different methodology of teaching and different set of topics to learn.