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Academic Service Learning

Community Service Plus Curriculum-based Learning Creates Tomorrow’s Leaders

Academic service learning (ASL) is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. Colleges and universities partner with organizations like the American Red Cross to foster an environment where students learn about themselves and their communities by taking action through service. While providing volunteer service in their communities, students improve their academic skills by applying what they learn in school to the real world. They then reflect on their experience to reinforce the link between their service and their learning.
ASL is a common requirement in nursing and public health curricula; however, students of any discipline can engage in and benefit from ASL. At the Red Cross, ASL relationships are led by the Office of the Chief Nurse, but students from all disciplines are welcome.
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Information for Educators

If you are a faculty member or administrator of a college or university and are interested in partnering with the Red Cross to provide ASL opportunities for your students, please email us.

Information for Students

An Academic Service Learning project with the Red Cross can expand your horizons and make you better prepared for your career ahead. You’ll develop interpersonal and leadership skills and gain real-world experience related to your field of study – all while contributing to the strength and resiliency of your community.

Sample Academic Service Learning Projects with the Red Cross

These are just a few of the service learning opportunities available through the Red Cross. Email us to learn more about specific opportunities in your community.

  • Join the Home Fire Preparedness and Prevention Campaign - Help reduce the risk of death and injury from home fire in at-risk communities.
  • Do Fire Response Follow-Up with your local Red Cross - Ensure that community members who experienced a home fire receive the support they need.
  • Serve as a Blood Donor Ambassador at blood drives - Encourage repeat blood donations by ensuring that donors have a pleasant and meaningful experience.
  • Work on Family Reunification projects - Help reunite families that have been separated due to war or natural disaster.
  • Teach Community CPR - Help your community become more resilient by teaching others how to offer life-saving support during medical emergencies.
  • Join the Home Fire Preparedness and Prevention Campaign - Help reduce the risk of death and injury from home fire in at-risk communities.
  • Do Fire Response Follow-Up with your local Red Cross - Ensure that community members who experienced a home fire receive the support they need.
  • Provide Emergency Communication Services - Serve as the vital communication link between military service members and their families during emergencies.
  • Work on Family Reunification projects - Help reunite families that have been separated due to war or natural disaster.
  • Teach Community CPR - Help your community become more resilient by teaching others how to offer life-saving support during medical emergencies.
  • Join the Home Fire Preparedness and Prevention Campaign - Help reduce the risk of death and injury from home fire in at-risk communities.
  • Do Fire Response Follow-Up with your local Red Cross - Ensure that community members who experienced a home fire receive the support they need.
  • Provide Emergency Communication Services - Serve as the vital communication link between military service members and their families during emergencies.
  • Teach Community CPR - Help your community become more resilient by teaching others how to offer life-saving support during medical emergencies.
  • Lead a Post-Deployment Support Workshop - Support our military service members and their families during post-deployment reunification.
  • Join the Home Fire Preparedness and Prevention Campaign - Help reduce the risk of death and injury from home fire in at-risk communities.
  • Do Fire Response Follow-Up with your local Red Cross - Ensure that community members who experienced a home fire receive the support they need.
  • Teach Community CPR - Help your community become more resilient by teaching others how to offer life-saving support during medical emergencies.
  • Serve as a Blood Donor Ambassador at blood drives - Encourage repeat blood donations by ensuring that donors have a pleasant and meaningful experience.
  • Teach Community CPR - Help your community become more resilient by teaching others how to offer life-saving support during medical emergencies.
  • Academic Service Learning:
    It’s Not Just for Nursing Students

    Although ASL is most commonly required in nursing and public health curricula, all students can benefit from ASL. Here are some ways you can participate in ASL with the Red Cross even if you’re not a nursing student:

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      Human Resource students assist their local Red Cross chapter with organizing welcome/informational sessions for new volunteers

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      Marketing and Journalism students participate in volunteer recognition events and write articles for the chapter’s website

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      Theater/Drama students create and present disaster preparedness skits for students in local schools

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      Education majors can participate in the Pillowcase Project, leading preparedness education workshops in local elementary schools

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      Public Health and Med students participate in the Home Fire Campaign and other preparedness/resiliency activities in their communities

    Academic Service Learning Partners

    The American Red Cross currently has academic service learning partnerships with these institutions, reaching students throughout the country. Although the Red Cross cannot endorse any institute of higher learning, the partnerships to serve communities are greatly appreciated.

    If you are a faculty member or administrator of a college or university and are interested in partnering with the Red Cross to provide ASL opportunities for your students, please contact Red Cross Volunteer Services in your area, or email us.

    If you are a student at one of these institutions, please contact your faculty if you require course credit, Red Cross Volunteer Services in your area, or email us to learn how to get involved.

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