Mayerson Service-Learning Program

News: Onward & Upward

The Mayerson Foundation will no longer be operating the Service Learning Program after this academic year; the work of the Foundation will continue through stewardship to the community. We are proud to pass the baton of the most transformational program elements to a network of impassioned and capable partners.  

History: About The Program

The Mayerson Service-Learning Program (MSLP) began in 1994 to support the involvement of high 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. We respond 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 are outlined below.

Student Service Leadership Workshop

This annual Workshop includes eight students and two teachers from each school to attend a day-long workshop to share ideas in service and service-learning, share best practices from other schools, and learn about ways various nonprofit organizations are engaging teens in community change.

One-on-One Consultation

Are you new to service-learning, or, looking to go deeper?  Want to integrate service with your curriculum?  Engage student with a nonprofit partner to help meet community needs?  Meet with our program staff, Clare Blankemeyer or Shannon Yung to work through meaningful partnership and service-learning design.

Faculty or Staff In Service

Professional development for small to large groups of faculty and staff is available for free for your high school.  Topics range from action research integrated into the service-learning process, understanding IPDARD, reviewing best practices, and digging into the Quality Standards for Excellence.  We have a whole menu for you to choose from!


We offer grants for service-learning and community service programs/projects up to $1,000. Examples of past requests have included transportation costs, materials for a service-learning class, and art projects as reflection activities. Goals of the Mayerson High School Service-Learning Grants are:

  • Reducing barriers of quality service-learning and community service projects,
  • Supporting the role of community service & service-learning in schools,
  • Encouraging meaningful reflection techniques following students’ service experience; including, but not limited to, art as a mechanism for reflection.

Artist in Reflection

Reflection is a critical piece of the service-learning process, but often goes unaddressed.  In this experience, professional resident artists lead the creation of student artwork in response to students’ service experience. Products range from poems to murals.

Mayerson Book Award

Our program provides seminal texts in the service literature field to be awarded by schools to an outstanding student in recognition of his/her contributions to service.

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Summer Service 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.

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Shantytown: Thinking Outside the Box

Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky City-Wide Shantytown is co-sponsored with the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless and encourages and supports student-led shantytowns or hunger & homeless awareness initiatives at individual school sites or in partnership with other high schools.

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Students working together to create something out of plastic cups and string
Service Learning Connection Drawing
Presentation display and students coming up to talk to presenter
Professional adults in conversation
Professional resident artists looking at student work
Outstanding students in recognition of contributions to service
2 girls sitting inside of their temporary box homes for the night during Shantytown Sunday
Young children playing with cameras