|Talking Smart about Service-Learning Award|
|National Service-Learning Partnership announced the winner of its second annual Talking Smart about Service-Learning Award. Alternatives, Inc., a youth development agency serving Hampton Roads, Va., is the 2006 recipient and will be presented with the award at the Alternatives’ fundraising benefit on May 1, 2006.
“Alternatives has done a tremendous job of reaching out to school districts, other organizations, and community members to join them in the efforts to actively engage youth in serving their schools and communities,” said Nelda Brown, executive director of the National Service-Learning Partnership. “We’re proud to recognize Alternatives for their contributions in expanding and sustaining service-learning in both the Hampton and Newport News communities.”
Alternatives is a community-based, nonprofit youth development agency dedicated to helping young people gain positive values and develop social and leadership skills to become actively engaged in the life of their communities. It is also home to one of eight national sites for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Youth Innovation Fund—an initiative supporting diverse groups of young people creating lasting change in their communities. Alternatives has been recognized nationally for its work towards making service and service-learning the common experience of every young person in America.
The National Service-Learning Partnership presents the Talking Smart Award annually to an individual, group, or organization for excellence in creating effective and compelling communication about service-learning. Service-learning is a teaching method that engages young people in solving problems within their schools and communities as part of their academic studies or other type of intentional learning activity. Service-learning projects are enriching the lives of youth and communities nationwide, and are supported by Learn and Serve America, a program of the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Read about Barry Guillot, who received the 1st annual Talking Smart Award.