Student Service Learning versus Community Service
Student Service Learning (SSL) is a teaching method that combines meaningful service to the community with curriculum-based learning. SSL includes phases of preparation, action, and reflection. Two of the best practices in service learning recognized in the state of Maryland are that the student achieves curricular objectives and the student reflects throughout the experience. With volunteerism or community service there are no established academic guidelines, the planning and preparation phase may not be as complex, and school documentation is not required.
Research suggests that youth who engage in volunteering and other positive activities are more likely to be successful at school and to avoid risky behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, crime, and promiscuity. Youth are most likely to volunteer because they are asked–and when they are asked. Meaningful civic engagement helps students develop workforce ethics and leadership skills. The Teen Toolbox recognizes the potential of all youth to make meaningful contributions in their communities.
Global Youth Service Day
On April 20-22, 2012, millions of children, teens, and young adults, ages 5-25, and their adult allies and champions in over 100 countries on 6 continents will change the world, addressing critical issues including health, education, environment, hunger, poverty, disaster preparedness and response, and human rights. By organizing a Pack A Backpack ™ collection and registering your drive as a Global Youth Service project, you can be a part of the largest, and longest-running, annual day of service, and the only day of service dedicated to engaging and celebrating children and youth.
Pack A Backpack™
May is National Foster Care Awareness Month and The Teen Toolbox is launching our First Annual Pack A Backpack Drive. Our goal in this inaugural year is to collect and distribute 40 backpacks (messenger bags, duffel bags or knapsacks) with toiletries/personal hygiene items for teen males in foster homes, group homes, and homeless shelters in our local area. Only new and gently used backpacks accepted. Personal hygiene items needed: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hand sanitizer, deodorant, soap, lotion, powder, shampoo, shaving items, etc.