From a Day of Service to a Social Change Movement

Resources to help you implement ongoing service projects that build the Beloved Community. (See also
the Community Assessment section.)

Adult / General

  • The Triple Evils
    This website describes the triple evils; keep them in mind when choosing ways to extend your service.
  • Building Community
    This website offers resources for connecting volunteers with their communities.
  • First Steps in Evaluation: Basic Tools for Asset-Building Initiatives
    This workbook includes seven essential goals for community-based asset-building, healthy community rating sheet, youth assessment of asset-building programs, and assessment of asset-building strategies.
  • Corporation for National and Community Service Partnerships
    This web page explains how you can partner with the Corporation for National and Community Service to increase the impact of your community service program.
  • Semester of Service
    Describes a broad-based effort to involve every American young person, ages 5-25, in a powerful semester of service.
  • National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
    Funded by the Corporation for National and Community Service/Learn and Serve America, this web site houses a comprehensive collection of materials for engaging K-12 youth, higher education students, community-based organizations and learning institutions in community change through student engagement in service-learning. Resources cover a wide range of topics and include fact sheets, curricula, effective practices, on-line discussion lists, toolkits, bibliographies and project examples that illustrate how young people can make a real difference in classrooms, communities and the world.
  • The Ripple Effect: When Mentors and Mentees Volunteer Together
    This research to practice paper describes various ways to use service as a strategy for building relationships between mentors and mentees – and their community.
  • Summer of Service
    Summer of Service is a national initiative spearheaded by the Corporation for National and Community Service. This page on the Corporation's web site connects users with a national network of organizations committed to engaging youth in meaningful service during summer months and beyond. The site includes strategies for engaging youth and families in service and a toolkit that walks users through the project planning process.
    This is a collection of resources for volunteers and program managers working with youth in mentoring, tutoring, and out of school time.

Effective Practices

Proven techniques and real-life examples of how others have chosen and implemented service programs


  • Building Community: A Toolkit for Youth and Adults in Charting Assets and Creating Change
    This toolkit helps high school students and adults work together for positive community change. Topics include teambuilding, leadership, building readiness, and creating a shared vision. Provides project ideas with step-by-step instructions.
  • Generation Fix: Young Ideas for a Better World
    Tells stories of kids who saw a problem and did something about it, addressing issues such as hunger, homelessness, violence, discrimination, healthcare, education, and the environment.
  • Art Works! Prevention Programs for Youth & Communities
    Collection of model programs for involving children in art projects as alternatives to drugs, violence, and alienation. Projects include playwriting, music, theater, traditional dance, mural painting, and acting workshops.
  • Kid's Guide to Service Projects: Over 500 Service Ideas for Young People Who Want to Make a Difference
    Ideas for service for young people of all ages, ranging from simple to complex projects. Project areas include community development and beautification, crime fighting, the environment, health, literacy, and senior citizens.
  • 160 Ways to Help the World: Community Service Projects for Young People
    Provides ideas for community projects, including how to plan and execute a project. Geared toward young people, the projects include planting trees, starting a toy collection drive, and finding homes for abandoned pets.
  • Service Projects for Teens: 20 Plans that Work
    Provides a collection of teen-oriented service projects that have successfully been used by youth ministries. Includes time lines and descriptions, past results and reflections, and special considerations to keep in mind.
  • Students Against Violence Everywhere
    Concrete ideas for single day as well as ongoing violence prevention projects for students.
  • Teaching Tolerance
    Content rich site with sections for teachers, parents, teens, and kids. Includes ten ways to fight hate and 101 tools for tolerance.
  • TAP - Teens Acting for Peace
    This website offers resources for implementing a program that teaches college, high school and middle school students to be peace educators with elementary students.
  • Stop Bullying Now: Information, Prevention and Tips
    Helps kids know what to do if they are being bullied, witness bullying, or think they are bullying others.

Effective Practices

Proven techniques and real-life examples of what other projects have done to engage youth in social change

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