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Academic Service-Learning

Academic service-learning at St. John’s University is a classroom/ experiential site- based program that involves students in some form of required community service that benefits the common (public) good and uses service as a means of understanding course concepts. The service activity meets course objectives, and through reflection students examine issues pertaining to social justice and responsibility.

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The Winners of the AS-L Student Essay Contest 

1st Place - Marat Minin "My Journey to the Other Side"

2nd Place - Zahra Choudhury "Soup Kitchens and Social Justice" 

3nd Place - Khasey Keith "My Experience with Homeless Youth"

AS-L Highlights from Spring 2016

AS-L in Rome

Freshmen who traveled to Rome as part of the Spring 2016 Global Passport Program all participated in some form of AS-L as a way to immerse themselves directly in the communities abroad.  The students in Professor Marina Colajanni’s Introduction to Italian and Professor Denis Sullivan’s Philosophy of the Human Person joined forces with Retake Roma, a local grassroots organization focused on cleaning up the streets of Rome.  The two classes were split into four groups to tackle a piazza close to the SJU Rome campus and spent the afternoon cleaning up storefronts, sign posts and parks that line the square.  It was a lovely way to pay back a neighborhood that has now welcomed thousands of SJU students.

AS-L in Queens 

The picture displayed above is a part of a mural painted on the side of Bright Beginnings Queens Village (BBQV) - a non-profit child care center by St. John’s art students from Professor Claudia Sbrissa’s Junior Seminar Art Course. The students worked very hard on this project putting in over 50 hours of volunteer work including visiting the site, preparing proposals, researching, ordering supplies, as well as teaching individual workshops to the children in the school. These students carried out the Vincentian Mission by displaying their commitment to service. The director of the BBQV program was extremely pleased with the project and told the St. John’s students they helped her fulfill a dream she had for the past 18 years!

Areas of Service

  • Hunger/Homelessness
  • Healthcare
  • Education/Youth Services
  • Civic Engagement

Five Validating Factors of Academic Service-Learning

  1. Academic service-learning must be part of an academic course, with a designated number of service hours and specific learning objectives
  2. It must serve a real and existing need identified by the community agency
  3. It must be for course credit only; no financial reward for service
  4. There must be a reciprocal relationship – service reinforces learning and  learning strengthens service; benefits for both SJU students and the community site
  5. Academic service-learning must have a reflective component

Please watch the Service Reporting System Tutorial Video to learn how to print out your service time log prior to service and correctly report your hours after completing service. 

Office of Academic Service-Learning
Vincentian Institute for Social Action
Lourdes Hall

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.