El Centro Service Learning

Section two of Graphic Design II was asked to implement a Service Learning component to the class structure. We have been invited to create a logo and complete identity system for El Centro de Conexion de Chippewa Falls, WI.

This class will have the unique opportunity to work with a non-profit social services business in Eau Claire. This project will fall into a service learning category of classes. Service learning is a method of teaching that combines formal instruction with a related service in the community. Advocates claim that learning is enhanced through direct application in appropriate social contexts of principles and practices taught through formal instruction concurrent with guided reflection of the student’s experiences. Service learning is frequently implemented as youth service. As a teaching method, service learning is best categorized as a form of experiential education. Specifically, service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities for the common good.

Our client is El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley; a non for profit organization in Wisconsin’s Chippewa Valley. El Centro serves the community as a voice of recognition for multiculturalism, community support and education. Many area groups and agencies have joined together to advocate for the needs of the Latinos. The group identified priorities such as raising awareness, creating safe communications, and helping families connect with resources. The mission of El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley is to create a safe and inclusive community of diverse cultures through education, celebration and collaboration.

The mission of El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley is to create a safe and inclusive community of diverse cultures through education, celebration and collaboration.

Goals:

~ Meeting the needs of families
~ Policy Issues
~ Translation Help
~ Community Celebrations

El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley is unique in the diversity of collaboration it represents. Community affiliates include: public health, schools, universities, banks, legal firms, government agencies, on-profit organizations, and community members. Because of this collaboration, new community connections are being built between mainstream agencies and the Latino community.

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SERVICE LEARNING [defined by wikipedia]

Service learning is a method of teaching that combines formal instruction with a related service in the community. Advocates claim that learning is enhanced through direct application in appropriate social contexts of principles and practices taught through formal instruction concurrent with guided reflection of the student’s experiences. Service learning is frequently implemented as youth service. As a teaching method, service learning is best categorized as a form of experiential education. Specifically, service learning integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, encourage lifelong civic engagement, and strengthen communities for the common good.

Service learning offers students immediate opportunities to apply classroom learning to support or enhance the work of local agencies that often exist to effect positive change in the community. The National Youth Leadership Council defines service learning as “a philosophy, pedagogy, and model for community development that is used as an instructional strategy to meet learning goals and/or content standards.

Service learning combines community service with classroom instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking as well as personal and civic responsibility. Service learning programs involve students in activities that address local needs while developing their academic skills and commitment to their community. Service learning has a positive impact on student learning outcomes, civic engagement, and retention rates. Service-learning has potential benefits to everyone involved: students, faculty, and the community.