So What Else’s Service Learning Stewardship program is the cornerstone of our mission to support the community through philanthropy and youth innovation.
Our stewardship program, often referred to as ‘The Big Idea!’, is an educational and interactive program designed to encourage students to create novel and innovative ways to serve their community and Earth. Through teamwork, open dialogue, activism and ultimately action, students are able to learn and demonstrate that people of any age can create positive change.
During the semester, students work in groups to generate their own community initiatives. Students learn the process of investigating an issue, preparing and planning a solution, implementing and completing a community service initiative and reflecting on its impact and outcome.
A main highlight of the stewardship program is its emphasis on the power of community. This program enables students to experience first hand how they can build more community in their own lives, encourages leadership and aims to inspire students to become more socially conscious.
Participants are eligible to receive student service learning hours during the course of the semester as they complete various projects. They also receive official certificates of completion from our Stewardship Program and are encouraged to join our student board.
How students can grow within this program:
- Giving back allows youth to gain a sense of purpose as well as a more positive view of their future.
- Researching, exploring, and discussing different issues going on around the globe builds youth’s cultural competence.
- Student are able to become more empathetic as they experience service learning.
- Students gain applicable experience working in a team and group setting.
- Our curriculum from the start to finish teaches personal and civic responsibility.
- Students build skills in social competencies such as planning and problem solving.
How our community can grow from this program:
- The community and earth will value youth and continue to foster their positive development.
- Our students will continue the cycle of service and pass on their knowledge to younger generations.