Benefits of Community Learning
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AS AN OUTCOME OF COMMUNITY LEARNING
Community learning, as community involvement, can lead students and faculty into civic engagement.
Civic engagement is working to make a difference in the civic life of our community; developing the knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make a that difference; promoting quality of life through political and non-political processes.
"Community service can be such an eye-opening experience and an almost life-altering
event. At Sacred Heart, I have learned many new things from many different people
from all walks of life. I have been exposed to lifestyles that I never thought imaginable.
Being a volunteer has allowed me to step out of my shoes and see the world through
the eyes of others. It has forced me to confront and deal with many of the issues
that our society faces everyday. When we decide to help others, we are not only doing
them a favor; we are also doing ourselves a favor. We are opening ourselves up to
new understandings and experiences, as well as the chance to possibly change the way
we look at those around us."
-Stephanie Byrnes, Community Action and Service 157
"This glimpse into an organization's communication process has given me a life long
tool of not only how to evaluate the structure of organizational communication, but
also of how each of us is a participant in that structure. And finally, it gave me
the satisfaction of knowing I could play a small part in helping out the community."