Academic service-learning (AS-L) is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. High schools, colleges and universities partner with organizations like the American Red Cross to foster an environment where students learn about 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.
AS-L is a common requirement in nursing and public health curricula; however, students of any discipline can engage in and benefit from AS-L. At the Red Cross, AS-L national relationships are led by the Office of the Chief Nurse, but students from all disciplines are welcome. Volunteer opportunities vary by location and may be in-person or virtual.
There is a suite of independent learning opportunities for Academic Service-Learning volunteers. Topics include:
- Supporting Health Equity in our Communities: Addressing the Social Determinants of Health and Future of Nursing Report 2020 to 2030
- Participating in Blood Drive
- Blood Donation Deferrals
- Blood, Diversity and Community Assessment
- Diverse Blood Group Donation
- Measles & Rubella Initiative