Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (MAE)



First Advisor

Vicki Olson

Second Advisor

Natalie Dunning

Third Advisor

Barbara West


Service learning involves students blending their talents and education with identified needs in their community. The youth studied are transitioning into high school and have battled with issues of inconsistent schooling, chemical abuse, legal problems, and mental health challenges. To avoid the pain of failure, they have developed strategies that push people away. Participating in service learning allows students to develop positive relationships with adults and be proud of their own success. Teachers have the opportunity to expand their students' curriculum and see an increase in motivation by offering hands-on opportunities to students. Community members gain respect in the community for mentoring youth, gain assistance with their everyday tasks, and are provided with an opporfunity to develop positive relationships with the furure work force in their community.


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