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.