Service Learning

Service-Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. (Learn and Serve America National Service Learning Clearinghouse)

The mission of Service-Learning Day is to:

  • Invite participants to enter into the diverse story of Houston.

  • Empower our partners in Houston to further their mission.

  • Join in relationships of accompaniment with our partners.

  • Create opportunity for transformative experiences for Gathering participants so they return home as agents of change in their own communities.

The ELCA Youth Gathering invites participants to engage in one day of service-learning during their time in Houston. As a faith community, the ELCA Youth Gathering combines meaningful service, instruction and reflection with a faith lens of accompaniment.

What will your congregation's Service-Learning Day look like?

You will put on your orange Gathering participant shirts, fill up your water bottles and lace up those tennis shoes to get ready for your Service-Learning Day! Then your group will walk to your assigned Launch Hotel and follow signs that lead you to your assigned Servant Companion (the young adult serving as your guide on this day.) Once your busload has checked in, you will board your bus and head for your Service-Learning site. At your site, you will meet a representative from the organization you are working with. They will share the story of the work they do in Houston as you get to know each other. Then you will work together to further the mission of the partner organization. Your group will eat lunch at your site, have the opportunity to serve together again and then debrief your experience together. After your goodbyes with the partner organization, your group will load back on the bus and head to NRG Park. You will get dropped off at the NRG Arena for the Celebration of Service! This is opportunity to reflect on the day, share your experience, learn how to take next steps and to celebrate together.


Service Learning Partners

5th Ward Multi Service Center
Acres Homes Multi Service Center
Adore Houston - Roka Kennel
Agape Development
Alief Community Garden
Alief Middle School
Bayou City Blessings in a Backpack
Bethesda Lutheran Communities
Books Between Kids
Bordersville Community Center
Briarmeadow Charter
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Catholic Charities
Center for Hearing and Speech
Central City Co-Op
Christ Church Cathedral
College Park Cemetery
Complete Communities - 3rd Ward
Complete Communities - Acres Homes
Coop Elementary
Cullen Park
Descendants of Olivewood
Ed White Elementary
Eliot Elementary
Elmore Elementary
Emancipation Park
FAM/St Marks UMC
Family Point Resources
Ford Momentum
Francis Scott Key Middle School
Free Wheels Houston
Freedman's Town
Harris County Constable Precinct 6
Hearne Elementary
Heights Interfaith Ministries
Helms Elementary
Henderson Elementary
Hermann Park Conservancy
Houston Food Bank
Houston Pets Alive!
Iglesia Biblica El Redentor
Independence Heights Super Neighbrohood
Jefferson Elementary
Kashmere Gardens Elementary
Killough Middle School
Liestman Elementary
MacGregor Park
Mason Park
Memorial Park Conservancy
Mission Centers of Houston
Mission of Yahweh
Mothers of Bayland Park
Nabor House
Neff Early Learning Center
Neff Elementary
Neighbors in Action
New Bethlehem MBC
Northeast Multi Service Center
Northwest Assistance Minsitries
NRG Book Sorting
O'Donnell Middle School
Oak Park Cemetery
Orange Grove Elementary
Passages for Women
Pilgrim Place
Plant it Forward
Port Houston Elementary
Principe de Paz
Project C.U.R.E
Pugh Elementary
Rebuilding Together Houston
Recovery Houston
Salvation Army - Pasadena
Scarborough Elementary
Sharpstown Civic Club
Small Steps - Jensen Campus
St Luke Missionary Baptist Church
St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
Target Hunger
Taylor High School
The Beacon
The Center
The Landing
Undies for Everyone
United Against Human Trafficking
Vita Living
Wesley Community Center
Westbury Community Garden
Westscott Cemetery
Westward Square Apartments
Willow Water Hole
Youens Elementary School
Youth Development Center