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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.

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

For a List of Community Service Sites & Other Resources        Refer to the Links in the Top Right Corner  

Oportunities for Spring 2017

  • AS-L Student Essay Contest submissions accepted until April 7th, 2017, for more information click here.

  • The Janet E. Mangione Endowed Scholarship submissions accepted until April 7th, 2017, for more information click here.

AS-L Highlights from Fall 2016

Dr. May Webber's Philosophy students host an Anti-Bullying workship for elementary students from Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica, Queens and Dr. DiMarco's Marketing students design Anti-Bullying poster for the students to take back to school as a reminder of what they have learned. 

Dr. William Reisel, professor of management at The Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University has been presenting annual business-topic lectures to high school students on Staten Island that showcase program options offered to business majors at Tobin. This fall, Dr. Reisel expanded the format to include a college-level Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) project for the high school juniors and seniors. To read more about this project please click on the link below.

Watch the Video Below to Learn More About AS-L at SJU

Watch the Video Below to Learn How to Print Your Service Time Log & Report Your Service Hours 

Contact US

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.