Design for Change: Coming to an Afterschool Corps Near You

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Did you attend an NC Service-Learning Coalition Workshop in October?  If so, you are familiar with the Design for Change concept.  Design for Change is a project-based, service-learning curriculum that empowers young people to solve local programs through design-thinking and action. Design Thinking is a process of creating new and innovative ideas to solve a problem. Design for Change takes young people through 4 stages:

  • Feel – Young people observe and list the issues in their community that bother them.
  • Imagine – They interact with folks in their community to identify points of intervention and solutions.
  • Do – They develop and implement an action plan, keeping in mind resources, budget and time.
  • Share – They share their story of change and inspire others to get involved or do their own project.

The NC Afterschool Corps will strengthen afterschool programming in select communities by building the capacity of afterschool and expanded learning programs that serve low-income children, while developing these programs’ connection to local colleges and universities. Corps members will provide services that increase the number and training of volunteers serving with afterschool programs, increase funding and in-kind resources to these programs, and expand local awareness of the value of afterschool. Corps members will also enhance civic and community engagement by implementing Design for Change afterschool programming. Afterschool volunteers and especially Design for Change advisors will be recruited from local college and university students.

NC Campus Compact is partnering with AmeriCorps VISTA for this program, and they are accepting site applications now.  Campuses, school districts, and community-based non-profits can apply. The proposal deadline is March 10, but if organizations are interested and need more time, they should contact Chad Fogleman at

More information is available here:

2 Exciting Conferences, 1 Great Week

Connect with members of the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition to expand your professional network and learn about best practices in service-learning at 2 great conferences March 22-24, 2017!


Gulf South Summit on Service-Learning & Civic Engagement through Higher Education

This year the theme of the conference is “Fostering Inclusive Communities Together.”  The conference will take place March 22-24 at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  Look for members of the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition who will present a poster session at this conference.  For more information, visit

Dare to Dream, the 28th Annual National Service-Learning Conference

Dare to Dream will gather more than 1,000 youth and adults, March 22-24, 2017 in Anaheim, CA, from across the country and around the world for three days of learning, inspiration, and connection. This intergenerational event creates a unique atmosphere, where youth bring incredible energy and passion to discussions on education and social policy. Both youth and adults gain the tools, resources, ideas, and support to return home to improve their practice, their schools, and their communities.  Dare to Dream is sponsored by National Youth Leadership Conference.  The North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition is proud to be an affiliate for this event and a long time partner for service-learning with the NYLC.   For more information, visit

Join North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition for October 21 Workshop

Be the change! Join the North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition (NCSLC) for our workshop on October 21, 2016.  Learn to use design thinking with students to improve your community!

Are you looking for new tools and ideas to implement community based service-learning with your students? Or maybe you are a student looking for interesting approaches to service-learning yourself? If so, please join us on October 21st in one of three locations across North Carolina for our NCSLC fall service-learning workshop. The workshop will be led by Sanjli Gidthwani of Design for Change USA and NCSLC board members.

Design for Change is a global movement of educators and youth who are using the tools of design thinking to create solutions to issues in their communities. The Design for Change process is creative, fun, and empowering for all involved. The half-day workshop will walk educators and students through the Design for Change process so you leave ready to use it in your own community. The event will also provide an excellent regional service-learning networking opportunity for educators and students throughout North Carolina.

Please see our page of North Carolina Service-Learning Coalition Events for additional details including registration information.

The workshops will be held in the following locations:

Raleigh, NC — Institute for Emerging Issues (IEI) at NCSU

Wilmington, NC* — University of North Carolina Wilmington

Asheville, NC* — Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies

*These two locations will have live video feed from IEI in Raleigh with a team of facilitators providing on-site support.

Space is limited at each workshop location so mark your calendar for October 21st, and register today!


Happy Teacher Appreciation Week; New National Teacher of the Year to Promote Service-Learning

Teachers are real life superheroes. They educate, innovate, encourage and support. Every day they touch the lives of millions of children and their work and impact extends far beyond the boundaries of the classroom.Take the time to celebrate these real life superheroes during PTA Teacher Appreciation Week, May 2-6, 2016. The NEA has partnered with GoFundMe to celebrate these superheroes who give so much to our communities.

During Teacher Appreciate Week, we also celebrate Jahana Hayes from Waterbury, Connecticut, who was recently named the new National Teacher of the Year. Hayes will spend the next year traveling around the country as an advocate for educators. We’re especially excited that she hopes to use her new platform to promote service-learning: “We spend a lot of time teaching kids to be self-sufficient and high achievers, and I think we really need to spend some time also teaching them: OK, now what do you do with that? What does it mean? You have this knowledge and information, how can you use it to improve the human condition? I think we need to nurture empathy from a very early age.” Read the article on The Huffington Post and watch an interview with her from CBS This Morning.


Originally appeared on Youth Serve America’s website.