Welcome to the Office of Civic & Community Engagement

Aloha! Welcome to the Service Learning Program (SLP) at the University of Hawai'i Mānoa. Since 1994, our office has worked with students, faculty, and members of the community. The SLP provides students with the opportunity to volunteer in their community in meaningful ways while furthering their education.

++ Announcement ++

The Spring Volunteer and Engagement Fair originally planned for Wednesday, April 8 2020 has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to hold another one when it is safe for everyone to attend.

Mahalo for your understanding!

What is Service Learning?

Service Learning combines the best of active learning and citizenship by connecting course content with service projects that help the community. It is a powerful way of understanding course material by learning from experience. 

Service Learning can help

  • To develop personal and social responsibility
  • To develop leadership ability and critical thinking skills
  • To improve your knowledge of academic subjects
  • To expand your world view
  • To develop skills for future employment

Preparing for the Real World

Service Learning is all about connecting what you're learning in class to the real world. It helps you find relevance in the material you're learning, and exposes you to real-life situations to enhance your understanding. We hope you'll find that the four walls that separate the classroom outside of college suddenly become less daunting after you engage in a service learning project. 

Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes. 

Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, ed. by Thomas Ehrlich, 2000 (Preface, page vi)

A morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgements, and ti take action when appropriate. 

Civic Responsibility and Higher Education, ed. by Thomas Ehrlich, 2000 (Introduction, page xxvi)

Featured Agency: Atherthon YMCA

Atherton YMCA-outdoor activity
Atherton YMCA

Throughout its storied history, the Atherton YMCA has served Hawai'i's college student community and the community at large through its residence hall, young adult programs and myriad of service projects.

The goal is to bring about meaningful change in individuals and communities. The YMCA measures the success of their cause by how well they engage communities in their three areas of focus:

  1. Healthy Living
  2. Youth Development
  3. Social Responsibility

The Atherthon YMCA takes part in the YMCA of Honolulu's mission by developing young adults into cause-driven leaders who are of service to their community.