Service Learning Initiative


Welcome to the Park University Honors Academy Service Learning site, which is undergoing development.

Purpose of this Website
Supported by a 2007 Individual Faculty Grant from Missouri Campus Compact, this site has been constructed for use by all Park University Faculty in planning service learning projects for their classes. Campus Compact provides a national umbrella under which all state Campus Compacts are located. Please visit to learn more about Campus Compact.

Park University is a member of Missouri Campus Compact, which offers annual grants to support development of service learning in the classroom.

How to Use this Website
Faculty will find links to definitions of SL; general information about SL; a link to more than 300 faculty syllabi incorporating service learning; helpful links to abundant SL information and research to support their own research and writing about SL; and a database of Kansas City and Parkville area social service groups eager to host service learners from our campus. This listing includes requirements for service learners, i.e. training, background checks; examples of individual projects and year round efforts requiring volunteers; all contact information; the availability of internships; and a suggestion of academic majors for which individual opportunities might apply. However, listings are not limited to majors in the fields to which they relate. 

This site remains under revision. The database will be updated each semester.

In the fall semester of 2007, the Park University Honors Program adopted a service-learning initiative, whereby all freshmen Program students will complete 24 hours per semester of volunteer activities in their communities. This website will aid all Parkville campus faculty in finding service learning partners. It will aid all Park University faculty in initiating service learning projects in their classrooms. 

The service-learning partners featured here include agencies in the areas of social service, culture and history, health service, drama and art, science, ecology and the environment, and literacy service. The database concludes with a link to a site featuring multiple volunteer opportunities in the Kansas City area. The Program invites any interested not-for-profit agencies within the Kansas City and Parkville area to contact Virginia Brackett, the Program’s Director at for information about becoming a service-learning partner.