“A Service Learning Process – In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez” Culminating Event
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
On Tuesday, January 19, 2010, Master of Ceremonies Shauntay Hinton saluted six Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) high schools, including Arleta High School, Cleveland High School, Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Center, Jefferson High School, King/Drew Medical Magnet High School and Roosevelt High School, as they presented their service learning projects at the culmination event to an audience of 200 students, teachers and administrators at the Museum of Tolerance (MOT). The three month program, entitled “A Service Learning Process – In Honor of Rev. Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. and Cesar Chavez” provided students the opportunity to learn about the life, work, and principles of Dr. King and Chavez, as well as connect the needs in their school and community to create and implement a high quality service-learning project at their school. The program was made possible with the partnership with MOT, the Cesar Chavez Education Institute (CCEI) and LAUSD.
The small team of students was chosen by their teacher(s) to participate in leadership and service learning training at MOT. They were expected to plan and implement a service-learning project that represents an important issue and/or need unique to their school community. The lead team shared with their club or classmates what they are learning in the workshops at MOT and included them in the important task of developing their exemplary projects.
For the Fall 2009 Program, about 10 student leaders from each of the six high schools participated in two sessions of leadership workshops and service-learning training at MOT. These students also toured the Museum and examined exhibits describing historic and current issues such as racism, social justice, human rights and the Holocaust. Moreover, they had the opportunity to listen and witness civil rights speakers such as Dr. Terrence Roberts, a member of the “Little Rock Nine”, speakers from the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking, and Manual Bernal, VP of the National Farm Workers Service Center. Through video and live interactive presentations, the students observed performances from Living Voices about the civil rights era and farmworkers’ struggle during the 1960s.
From their experiences at the Museum, structured planning and brainstorming, the students created, developed and implemented high quality service-learning projects at their respected high schools ranging from topics of violence prevention, promotion of human rights, domestic trafficking and slavery awareness, mental wellness, peace murals for campus and the creation of ‘green’ alleys.
Throughout their service-learning training, the students are able to understand the importance of civic engagement, values of respect and responsibility, and meaningful service to the LA community by participating in a holistic service learning process.
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