AACC worked with seven different groups of colleges as part of its Learn and Serve America grants. Click on the links below to read more about the final cohort’s projects and outcomes, and to contact college personnel. To learn more about previous groups of colleges, click on the links to the right.
Horizons Colleges (2009-2012)
In September 2009, AACC selected eight community colleges to create and support replicable and sustainable models of service learning that addressed the economic downturn in their communities. Experienced service learning practitioners at these eight colleges mentored faculty and staff from eight additional colleges. The grants ended early when Congress eliminated the Learn and Serve America program in 2011.
Research from this cohort of colleges indicates that service learning students are more committed to obtaining their educational goals and more confident of success in an academic environment. Ninety-two percent of community partners said that service learning students increased their capacity to meet local needs and provided valuable services to their constituents, particularly in light of the economic recession.
Students at four "New Media Leaders" colleges used Web 2.0 and social media strategies to help community-based organizations build capacity through outreach, volunteer recruitment and retention, grant writing, and promotion. The New Media Leaders mentor colleges included:
Students at four "No Child Left Inside" colleges worked with after-school and weekend programs focused on environmental education and healthy living for children and families. The No Child Left Inside mentor colleges included:
"New Media Leaders" mentee colleges included:
"No Child Left Inside" mentee colleges included:
To read more about the 2009-2012 Horizons colleges, see the two project publications: