The Western New York Service-Learning Coalition (WNYSLC) is a collaboration of colleges, universities and community organizations. We are committed to sharing resources, knowledge, and practices related to service-learning and community engagement in an effort to strengthen reciprocal campus-community partnerships to promote student civic responsibility.
Service Learning for Students
Service-learning is an educational experience that goes beyond volunteering. Service-learning connects students to the community by integrating academic curriculum with active participation in service, offering structured opportunities for students to reflect on their experiences, and striving to ensure that the service placements are mutually beneficial to students, the organizations and the community as a whole.
Networking & Rich Cultural Experiences
The WNYSLC is a collaboration that engages community organizations and higher education institutions in dialogue, educational events and collaborative projects focused on service that directly benefits our community. The coalition offers a model of effective collaboration between higher education institutions and community organizations. Service-learning encourages college students, many of whom do not originate from Western New York, to stay and begin a career here. Students are exposed to community organizations, networking and job opportunities, rich cultural experiences and the quality of life available in our region.
Resourceful Network for Community Organizations
There are benefits to community organizations that participate in the Coalition. WNYSLC meetings, events, list serve and website provide a resourceful network to promote student opportunities. Representatives from organizations are given the opportunity to meet with and learn from others about effective student recruitment, supervision, retention strategies and share expertise.
Beneficial for Faculty
There are benefits to faculty and service-learning administrators who participate in the coalition. Through events, workshops, meetings and online resources, service-learning directors and faculty are able to share ideas and best practices related to service-learning in the curriculum and in co-curricular activities. The WNYSLC offers opportunities for developing collaborative projects and inter-institutional courses, research and grants. Local colleges such as Buffalo State College, Daemen College, Erie Community College, SUNY Fredonia, Hilbert College, Medaille College, Niagara University, Trocaire College and University at Buffalo are active member institutions.