Service-Learning allows for students to meaningfully engage in local and global communities to effect positive change.
Baldwin strives to strengthen our students’ civic engagement so that they emerge as educated agents of social change. We are committed to creating opportunities for consistent, thoughtful service through our Service-Learning program, which fosters a sense of social responsibility by encouraging involvement inside and outside of school. We encourage participation not only among students, but among parents, faculty, staff and alumnae.
With the positive impact of service on the individual and the community in mind, the goals of the Service-Learning program are:
- To cultivate an understanding of different communities and diverse perspectives.
- To enhance civic engagement and develop an increased awareness of social issues.
- To foster development of emerging leaders.
- To empower students, faculty, staff and alumnae to give back to their communities, and to equip them with the skills and tools necessary to do so.
In Middle School, each grade focuses their service activities around that year's particular theme. Through class meetings and assemblies, students learn about communities in need and how their service can impact those around them.
Grade 6: Impacting Children in Need
Students visit the Ronald McDonald House to help with cooking and other tasks, as well as The Clarke School, The HMS School for Children with Cerebral Palsy, and the Bryn Mawr Thrift Shop to collaborate with students in the community. In the past, students have also volunteered at Smith Playground and Playhouse and Cradles to Crayons.Grade 7: Food Access and Hunger Relief
In the fall and spring, students visit the SHARE Food Program to help package food boxes for families in need, maintain community gardens and inventory donations and home goods for resale. Students use the knowledge they acquire in this effort to support Stop Hunger Now, the annual MLK Day of Service project co-sponsored with The Haverford School and Agnes Irwin School.Grade 8: Girls' Education
Students coordinate a variety of activities and fundraisers to support girls' education. Students gear their efforts toward supporting The Khanott School in Pakistan via Girls Learn International and More Than Me, an organization working to promote girls' education in Liberia.Grades 7 and 8: Katrina Restoration
New in 2016, Baldwin is offering a domestic service-learning trip to Louisana that will focus on restoration efforts due to Hurricane Katrina. This trip will take place during spring break and is a unique opportunity for our girls to expand their service to others.
If your organization would like to be considered as a future service project for our Baldwin girls, please contact our Service-Learning Coordinator.