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Service Learning Projects

What is a Service & Learning Project?
To help students, teachers and mentors design a project, follow these guidelines based on the National Service & Learn Clearinghouse >> Go here

Winter Projects:

Mini-grants are available for up to $100 for student teams who design a Community Service Project between January 1 and March 31 every year (one team is encouraged to participate in the Annual Winter Community Food Drive). Student teams can be in junior high, middle school, high school or college.

Summer Projects:
Mini-grants for $100 are available during the Summer (July & August) to Latino and non-Latino students in grade 6-12 who are enrolled full-time in an educational program in Rhode Island, and who wish to organize a Service & Learning volunteer activity that falls in line with the Core Values of César Chávez and the goals of the César Chávez Service and Learning Program.

College students may apply for funds ranging from $100 to $300 for summer projects or coursework that would fulfill the criteria of the César Chávez Core Values. We encourage you to be as creative as you want, as long as you follow the guidelines.

All students must be in a college-bound program or considering entering one, and must have a mentor.

All applicants must be available for a presentation about César Chávez presented by someone from the César Chávez Scholarship Team.

All participating students and their mentors will be recognized at the Annual César Chávez Breakfast held on Monday, March 31, 2014.
Click on each of the tabs below to see a list of project ideas based on César Chávez Core Values that we would consider funding. You may also come up with your own project idea:
    Service that is predicated on empowering others; engendering self-help, self-determination, and self-sufficiency versus charity.
    • Creating a job skill center
      Create or assist with a Community Health & Wellness Fair
      Providing ESL classes to parents of the students
      Development of an educational resource center for students who want to pursue higher education
    Sacrifice that is spiritual; that is courageous and steadfast in its willingness to endure great hardship for others.
    • Giving up a Saturday or Sunday to work on a service project
      Help building low income housing using physical labor
      Taking the elderly to outdoor events or service project event
      School, park or neighborhood beautification during the weekend
      Blood drive recruitment or Red Cross Youth Drive
    A concerted effort to support programs that reach the most needy, the most dispossessed, the most forgotten people in society no matter how difficult the challenge that choice may bring.
    • Laundry for the homeless
    • Blanket donations for a homeless shelter
      Labor (Farm) Worker recognition
      Disaster efforts / volunteerism
      Feed the homeless / organize a community food drive (participate in the Annual Winter Community Food Drive)
    Determination that is characterized by an attitude that with faith, steadfast commitment, patience, and optimism human beings can prevail against all odds.
    • US citizenship registration aid
      Voter Registration aid
      Letter writing campaign to elected officials addressing a community need
      Educational equity survey / advocacy to promote change
    Invoking non-violence as the most powerful tool for achieving social economic justice and equality; action that requires boldness and courage versus meekness and passivity.
    • Organize a Peace Rally
      Create a Peace Garden
      Candle vigil for victims lost to violence
      Series of town hall meetings on non-violence
      Gang awareness taught by older students to younger students
      National Night Out
      Take Back the Night (Place signs where an assault took place in the community & organize an event)
      Incorporation of wave of immigrants in relation to a screening of “Gangs of New York”
      Former gang member guest speaker at school assembly
      An essential ingredient for success in organizing diverse forces to achieve social change, create community, and actualize democracy is the acceptance of all people; an absolutely indispensable necessity to the well-being o f this country.
      • Multicultural Committee that creates a multicultural fair
        Connecting Gandhi, King, and Chávez while highlighting leaders from diverse backgrounds in an art display, play, or digital storytelling
        Community mural depicting inspirational leaders from around the globe and local community
        Cross national student pen pals
        Development of a conflict resolution club
      Respect that holds as sacred the land, the people, and all other forms of life.
      • Toxic Tours (provide tours to community of toxic areas in the community)
        Planting trees where trees have been cut down.
        Recycling program and donating proceeds to for community beautification/restoration.
        Having students get the school district to provide recycling bins on campus and promote students to recycle.
        Creating or participating in building a Chávez play-space
      Sharing the joyous and respectful expression of cultural diversity through the reinforcement of the values of equity and responsibility to and for one another.
      • Creating a community mural
        Cultural/diversity festival
        Community march or parade
        Speakers series/open forum on community issues
        Celebrating service through the arts or arts festival
        Collaboration with city council and city services to address community issues
        Assist with the organization of the Annual César Chávez breakfast
      The pursuit of self-directed learning and the development of critical thinking and constructive problem solving skills; overcoming ignorance through education.
      • Cross age education on the life and legacy of César Chávez
        Provide ESL classes to younger students, parents, or undocumented immigrants
        If doing a project on the homeless, make sure to observe the issues of the cause of homeless, who are homeless, and what types of communities are targeted for homelessness?
      A creative capacity to find pragmatic strategies and tactics to resolve problems and situations that often seem insurmountable to others.
      • Do research to find a list of community members and businesses to help with funding, ideas, support, resources, and volunteers
        Offer to tutor GED classes for parents
        Emergency Room makeover to make it more comfortable for youth to go to the doctor
        Develop a Community Garden directory for affordable healthy fresh vegetables and fruits
        Find creative ways to support the Annual César Chavez Breakfast and help raise funds for future grant and scholarship recipients