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Service Learning Program to Grow in 2013

Thursday, December 27, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tom Wray
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Some of the students who took part in the 2012 Service Learning Program in Chicago.

 

ICA's Service Learning team has announced its spring and summer sessions for 2013. The two opportunities will take place during May, June and July.

The 2013 program will build on the successes of previous years, especially with the work done by the 40 interns as part of the Accelerate 77 project in 2012. The first session will be three weeks long and is scheduled for May 13 through 31. The second session will be a six-week period from June 17 through July 26.

Participants will balance challenging academic while experiencing purposeful civic engagement and intentional community life. The program is centered around three modules: creating a just and equitable society, shaping sustainable communities, and building the foundations for peace. Both sessions this summer will be residential, and participants will experience community life at the ICA's building at 4750 N. Sheridan Rd.

The program aims to enhance the leadership capacities of the students, while providing a systems perspective on social issues, and training them in methods for social change. The students will spend their civic engagement hours contributing to ICA's resilient communities program, more specifically, the Accelerate 77 project.

Each session offered is eligible for university credit: three credit hours for the three-week program and six credit hours for the six-week program. ICA has a partnership with Oklahoma City University to provide open enrollment for credit hours to students that are interesting in participating in the program, bearing the fact that their home institution will accept the credit transfer. For more information, go to the Service Learning on the ICA website or email servicelearning@ica-usa.org.