Student Benefits

By participating in Service Learning, students can:

  • Gain hands-on experience (possibly leading to an internship or job later)
  • Develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Grow your understanding of diverse cultures and communities
  • Learn more about social issues and their root causes
  • Improve your ability to handle ambiguity and be open to change; become more flexible
  • Develop or enhance your skills, especially in the areas of communication, collaboration and leadership
  • Test out your skills, interests​​ and values in a potential career path or learn more about a field that interests you
  • Connect with professionals and community members 
  • Grow a professional network of people you might connect with again later for jobs

How to participate

  • Courses

Special Considerations

Working with children

If you are working with children or teenagers, you may need a criminal background check. Ask the contact person at your service agency about special procedures for working with minors.

Orientation and Training

Many agencies offer orientations or training sessions on specific dates. Work with your agency supervisor to make sure you receive the proper orientation. The agencies who partner with Dallas College understand that you are students and you must attend your classes, but you need to let them know your availability.

Awards and Recognition

The President’s Volunteer Service Award:

The United States President's Council on Service and Civic Participation (the Council) was established in 2003 to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers are making in our communities and encourage more people to serve. The Council created the President’s Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service.

Recognizing and honoring volunteers sets a standard for service, encourages a sustained commitment to civic participation and inspires others to make service a central part of their lives. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes individuals, families and groups that have achieved a certain standard ​ measured by the number of hours of service over a 12-month period or cumulative hours earned over the course of a lifetime.