Service learning promotes social-emotional and academic development through active engagement in community activities. It empowers students to think beyond themselves and to develop a commitment to serve others. In so doing, service learning builds connections with school and community that are critically important in urban settings. This paper links key components of effective mental health programs in urban schools with service learning.
Felicia Wilczenski and Amy Cook. "How service learning addresses the mental health needs of students in urban school" Journal of School Counseling 7.25 (2009): 1-20.
American School Counselor Association
Published in Journal of School Counseling, 7(25), 2009: http://jsc.montana.edu/articles/v7n25.pdf.