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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.

“I loved participating. I am truly changed for the better after my service learning. I now want to give back and do more. It is a feeling I have never felt before and something I plan on doing more. I want to thank St. John’s for the life changing opportunity.” First Year Student 2016-2017

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. To read more about Dr. Webber's work click on the link below.

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.

Dr. Judy Cooperman’s Discover New York class on public art in New York City created a mural during the fall 2016 semester. The mural depicts the four seasons in New York City and was inspired by conversations with the residents of Ozanam Hall Nursing Home in Bayside, Queens. The students met with the residents of the nursing home to hear their personal stories about living in New York City.  This experience gave them the opportunity to see the city through a new lens and served as inspiration for the mural they created at the Ozanam Hall Nursing Home. 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.