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 are outlined below.

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!

Grants

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.

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 and learn about ways various non-profit organizations are engaging teens in community change.

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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Urban Plunges

Urban Plunges are day-long immersion programs that combine service in the inner-city with innovative reflection activities. Appropriate for entire faculties, student groups, or entire grades. 

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Photo of students working together to create something out of plastic cups and string
Photo of a drawing that says service learning: connecting and reflecting community through experiences for understanding
Photo of presentation being displayed and students coming up to talk to presenter
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Photo of professional resident artists looking at student work
Photo of outstanding students in recognition of his/her contributions to service
Photo of 2 girls sitting inside of their temporary box homes for the night during Shantytown Sunday, October 19, 2008 at Badin High School in Hamilton, OH. Approximately 45 students set up camp on the front lawn of the school to raise awareness of poverty and homelessness.
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