Service-Learning at Juniata College

At Juniata College a service-learning course is defined as "experiential learning for academic credit that connects community service to student learning through reflection and discussion."

The Community Service Office works with students, faculty, and community partners to create meaningful service experiences that enhance academic development and promote active citizenship.

Many courses at Juniata include a service-learning component. Click here for a complete listing of service-learning courses at Juniata College.

The Community Service Office also sponsors several service-learning trips each year that enable students to get first-hand experience working with relevant social justice issues.

Community Organizations’ Request for Partnerships:

  • Huntingdon County United Way

    The mission of the Huntingdon County United Way is “To improve lives and build stronger communities within Huntingdon County.”

    They would like a faculty partner whose students’ skills could be utilized in an effective manner to better the organization. Specifically, service-learning projects with this organization would provide students with the opportunity to work with the Executive Director on marketing and fundraising activities, which should result in increased donations and awareness of the organization.

    Students are required to attend an orientation session before they begin service-related activities.
  • Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center, Inc.

    Mission: “Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center, Inc. accepts individuals for who they are, advocates for people with disabilities, supports them and their families with essential services and empowers them to develop their abilities and potential. We envision a community where personal dignity is honored, diversity is embraced and full inclusion of persons with disabilities is promoted in all aspects of life.”

    They believe that service-learning is an opportunity of mutual benefit to the student participants and the host organization. Students will gain real life experience in business management and the Center expects to benefit from the energy and enthusiasm of learners who come with a non-biased perspective to help solve problems and develop new ideas. Students will also have the opportunity to work on overlooked projects that would greatly enhance the operations of the Center. The scope of services at the Mifflin-Juniata Special Needs Center, Inc. is year round and lifelong.

    Students will have regular interaction with the supervisor and/or other members of the organization’s leadership team as needed to accomplish the goals. This may mean varying levels and intensity of contact as the project develops.

    Students are required to have strong computer skills, attend an orientation session and provide a completed confidentiality form and clearances based on service positions in specific programs before they could begin service-related activities.