Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars Program

What is Service-Learning?

"Service learning combines service objectives with learning objectives with the intent that the activity change both the recipient and the provider of the service. This is accomplished by combining service tasks with structured opportunities that link the task to self-reflection, self-discovery, and the acquisition and comprehension of values, skills, and knowledge content."
National Service Learning Clearinghouse, Learn and Serve America, Corporation for National and Community Service

“During your Service Learning experience you will learn about the ‘others,' finding out about their lives, thoughts, and struggles, and finally, discovering who you are.”
Sarah Blusiewicz, Sondheim Scholar

Sondheim Public Affairs Scholars have served with:

Best Buddies
Students and persons with mental
retardation form friendships

  My Sister's Place
Working with homeless women and children
Choice Tutoring
Assist at-risk youth ages 6-16 with academics and developing positive social skills

  MS Swim, Catonsville YMCA
Physical therapy in swimming pool for multiple sclerosis patients
College Gardens Community Center
After school program with impoverished
children or adolescents, tutoring and other social activities

  North Bend Elementary School
Assisting teachers in Baltimore City classrooms
Education Based Latino Outreach
Tutors are paired with youth of
Latino ethnicity
  Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents
Working with emotionally disturbed adolescents
English Language Center
Conversation partner with international
students new to UMBC


The Learning Bank
Adult literacy tutoring

Int'l Rescue Committee's Refugee Youth Project
Mentoring newly arrived refugee children

  US Veterans Medical Center
Visiting with patients, recording oral histories
Jewish Family Services
Friendly visiting to enhance self-sufficiency
  You Are Never Alone (YANA)
Assisting at a drop-in center for prostitutes


Further Information

The Shriver Center at UMBC promotes service learning, civic engagement, and community-based service delivery through internships, service learning, and community involvement opportunities.

National Service Learning Clearinghouse America's premier website supporting the service-learning efforts of schools, higher education institutions, communities, and tribal nations.

Campus Compact A national coalition of close to 850 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education by creating a supportive campus environment for the engagement in community service and a great source for service learning information.