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Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs. 

The K-12 Service-Learning Standards for Quality Practice were developed by the National Youth Leadership Council with funding from State Farm Companies Foundation. Working from a base of 20 years of professional wisdom and practice, NYLC worked with other leaders in service-learning and engaged RMC Research Corporation to ensure that the standards included the strongest evidence-based elements of effective practice.


Then young people, teachers, school and district administrators, community members, staff from community-based organizations, policymakers, and others interested in service-learning participated in panels across the United States to strengthen the language of the standards their indicators.

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