Service Learning


Service Learning is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Service Learning.

Service Learning 1
What you can do in this project: learn to give back to your community, reflect on your experiences, identify community needs, plan a service project and execute the idea.
Grades: 5-8
Resource: 08182, Agents of Change + CD

Service Learning 2
What you can do in this project: plan and implement your own service project, share your project plan and outcome with others, and conduct an evaluation of your project.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 08183, Raise Your Voice + CD

Service Learning Leader
Resources: 08184, Service Learning Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Service Learning? Try the links below.

Service Learning Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including Service Learning. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.


County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Service Learning Project. Just follow these links!

Center for Democracy and Citizenship
The work of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship began in 1989 and draws on a rich heritage of people and institutions doing public work to achieve things of lasting importance.

Charity Guide
Directory to a host of volunteer opportunities for your favorite cause, from animal welfare to environmental protection .

Earth Force
Earth Force engages young people as active citizens who improve the environment and their communities now and in the future by training and supporting educators in programs that enable young people to lead community action projects focused on creating sustainable solutions to local environment issues in the community.

Roots & Shoots
This youth-driven network fosters a fun, flexible and supportive environment where young people and adults alike come together to share ideas and inspiration, implement successful community service projects and participate in special events and global campaigns.

Service Learning – SERVEnet is a premier web site on service and volunteering. Through SERVEnet, users can enter their zip code, city, state, skills, interests, and availability and be matched with organizations in his/her area needing help.

What Kids Can Do
What Kids Can Do, Inc., is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 2001 for the purpose of making public the voices and views of adolescents. On this web site, the organization documents young people’s lives, learning, work, and their partnerships with adults both in and out of school.

Youth Venture
Youth Venture helps young people across the U.S. start new youth-led organizations that achieve a lasting benefit for their schools, neighborhoods and communities.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Service LearningProject, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Sue Curtis