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Making a Difference: Leadership and Service Learning Community

The Mission

The Leadership and Service Learning Community provides the opportunity for students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville to put into practice the tenets of servant leadership and theories of social justice that are learned in the classroom when working with a local community partner who serve the under privileged youth of Knoxville. This program started in 2011 and involves two staff members and 50 students.

The Partners

333x400-IMG_5208Community partners include Pond Gap Elementary School and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Center for Leadership and Service

Impact on UT

As a result of being a member of the Leadership and Service Learning Community, student residents are able to: initiate meaningful dialogue with others who have different perspectives, articulate a heightened sense of civility, justice, and respect for those around them, describe and employ their personal leadership styles, define and practice the tenets of positive social change, identify their core values and commit to act on them, and learn how to approach and collaborate with university faculty and staff.

Impact on Community

UT’s Leadership and Service Learning Community provided Pond Gap Elementary School with 588 hours of much-needed assistance to run it’s after school program. UT students tutor children in math and English in addition to working with the children on music programs and physical education. The consistent, learning community-based volunteers provide extra continuity to the children who may not have such in their home life.

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