The Mayerson Service-Learning Program
The Mayerson Service-Learning Program (MSLP) began in 1994 to support the involvement of high school students, their teachers and their schools in strengthening our community through volunteer service. Through the MSLP, The Foundation provides funding, training and technical support to local high schools through a consultative process. The MSLP responds to requests for assistance from schools to implement or improve the fulfillment of mandatory service hours, to integrate service in the academic curriculum, to enhance community service with preparation or reflection activities, and to recognize student achievement in the areas of service and volunteerism. Current program offerings include:
- Artist-in-Reflection Program – professional resident artists lead the creation of student art work in response to students’ service experience. Products range from poems to city block-long murals.
- Mayerson Book Award – provides seminal texts in the service literature to be awarded by schools to an outstanding student in recognition of his/her contributions to service.
- Summer Service Residency Program – students from diverse local high schools live in a local college dormitory during the summer and work full-time in social service agencies while learning about poverty, homelessness, health issues, housing, elderly, and children.
- Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky City-Wide Shantytown - this event is co-sponsored partnership with the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless and Faces Without Places encourages and supports student-led shantytowns or hunger & homeless awareness initiatives at individual school sites or in partnership with other high schools.
- Urban Plunges - day-long immersion programs that combine service in the inner-city with innovative reflection activities. Appropriate for entire faculties, student groups or entire grades. For coordination details, contact Jenn Summers, Peaslee Neighborhood Center.
- Student Philanthropy - students learn to be grant makers as another way of asking "What are the opportunities to serve my community?" Magnified Giving can also assist in the incorporation of philanthropy into a school's culture.