Service Learning

Students: Serving to Learn-Learning to Serve

Explore the many opportunities to help meet a community identified need!

Make a difference in the lives of others

  • Meet new friends 
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Learn about communities
  • Enjoy the personal benefits of service
  • Teacher Education students in service
  • Find Opportunities for Service

Currently,Teacher Education students are meeting community needs by being involved in numerous service opportunities in Kearney or in their home communities. Students tutor/mentor, work with youth in center based programs, serve as companions to persons with disabilities or elders, assist teachers with at-risk students, help at preschools or after school programs, etc.

Students studying in other disciplines here at UNK are also involved in various service-learning and community engagement activities, dependent on the faculty and specific courses of study.  Service-learning is linked to course curriculum to enhance student learning, while serving to meet a community identified need. Encourage your faculty member to consider a service-learning component that provides students an opportunity to learn through service.

General Service Ideas

  • Become a friend to a needy child
  • Read to, or play with children in a childcare center
  • Play games with children at a youth center for underprivileged children
  • Help to prepare and serve a meal to the needy
  • Plan and participate in a dance for senior citizens
  • Organize a painting party for someone in need
  • Become a companion to a person with disabilities

Contact Information

The Office for Service-Learning provides resource information about numerous opportunities for service-learning or volunteer connections in Kearney, the surrounding communities, or your hometown.

The Office, located in the College of Education Building, B 185, maintains an extensive database of information about agency/program needs and contacts, and serves as a referral connecting students, faculty, teachers and community.

Call or email (email preferred) the UNK Office for Service-Learning for additional information 308-865-8957.  Email:stirtzg@unk.edu

Student Quotes

  • "When serving others, the person that benefits most is the one giving the service. The more one gives, the more one receives.
  • "This was a great learning experience. Service-learning is an excellent program."
  • "Volunteering was a major self-esteem booster for me."
  • "This experience helped me apply course content to the real world."