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Who We Are

Vision

Through service-learning participation, Florida’s K-12 students will meet real needs, have improved academic outcomes, be more prepared for careers, have enhanced social skills, be more civically engaged, and help foster thriving communities and a more participatory democracy.

Mission

To provide the leadership, financial support, training, technical assistance, standards of practice, and products and facilitate networking, research, evaluation, advocacy, and collaboration for schools and school districts to engage Florida’s K-12 students in quality curriculum-based service-learning.

Click here for a brochure about the Florida Learn & Serve program.

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Florida Learn & Serve is a federally funded grant program, supported by the Learn & Serve America program of the Corporation for National and Community Service, that awards grants to schools and school districts to engage youth in service-learning. In Florida, the grant is administered by the Bureau of Family & Community Outreach of the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE). FLDOE sub-contracts with the University of Florida to manage the day-to-day operations of Florida Learn & Serve.

Approximately 3,500 Florida Learn & Serve awards have been made since 1991, and over 750,000 students have participated in the program.  Each year, over $1 million is awarded for 60-80 projects and over 150 mini-grants. Research from past projects indicate that students who participated in service-learning—especially those at risk—improve their grades, attend school more often, and have fewer discipline referrals.

 

Program Types

Florida Learn & Serve Formula Grant - Schools can apply for funds to support activities in which students apply classroom learning through volunteering in their communities, helping other students, and serving the public good.  Service must be integrated into curricula and Florida's Next Generation Sunshine State Standards.  Funds support costs associated with engaging students in service learning, including materials, supplies, coordination, substitutes, transportation, and training.  This grant supports multiple types of projects:

1.One-Year Pilot Projects—Competitive awards of up to $7,500 for schools to initiate service-learning.

2. One-Year Renewal Projects—Competitive awards of up to $10,000 for previously funded schools or districts to continue, improve, expand, dissemination, and sustain their service-learning efforts.

3. Florida Service-Learning Leader Schools—Florida Learn & Serve annually recognizes elementary, middle, and high schools from across the state for high-quality service-learning.  Winners receive recognition and are eligible to apply for supplemental funds from the Florida Department of Education’s Florida Learn & Serve program for three years.

4. District Infrastructure-Building Projects—Multi-year awards (up to 6 years), non-competitive after the first year, for model efforts to build the programming, staff, training, support, partnerships, and evidence to institutionalize service-learning efforts.  Districts can receive up to $50,000 a year.

Click here for a one-page version of our Mission & Vision statements.


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This site is sponsored by: The Corporation for National & Community Service and the Florida Department of Education.

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