Experiential Learning

Learning through Service

You can make a difference.

Once you’re here, you’ll quickly find that a sense of community is a fundamental part of what makes your Kearney experience unforgettable. Within the classroom, at a Loper game, at a local concert…you’ll find this to be a place where individual differences are easily overpowered by a larger spirit of togetherness. Not surprisingly, community service is a real and deeply felt commitment at UNK. From serving the disabled and elderly, to mentoring preschoolers, to helping build databases for nonprofit agencies, to helping Tsunami-affected areas in Asia during their spring break, our students are involved in service learning projects at every stage of their education.       

Service learning opportunities at UNK are available through a variety of different channels, including:

  • The Office for Service Learning
    Offering an extensive database of service learning and volunteering opportunities in Kearney and across the nation, the Office of Service Learning at UNK is an invaluable resource that connects the students and faculty at UNK to the communities they wish to serve. Visit this office within the College of Education building to get involved in projects such as the UNK Service Learning Community (where a group of students living on the same floor of a residence hall participate in a common service project); mentoring programs where Teacher Education students volunteer their time and skills at various community centers; and many others. For more on the Office for Service Learning, click here.   
      
  • The Community for Active Citizenship
    If you believe that active citizens can single-handedly make a difference to the world, here’s a chance to prove your point. Fellows of this residential learning community devote a whole year of their academic career to a community service project.
     
  • Service-based Student Organizations
    UNK offers more than 150 student organizations, many of them focusing on community service. As a member of organizations such as Alpha Phi Omega, Circle K, and Friends, you will help organize charity fund-raisers and blood banks, assist with community clean-up projects, mentor children with special needs, and much more. For more about these student organizations, click here.