We connect and engage with Winnipeg and other Manitoba communities as places of learning and service. We firmly believe that not all lessons are or should be taught in the classroom. Our neighborhoods are more than just great places for recreational, shopping and dining experiences. They are our classrooms – places for learning, volunteering and service. Through service learning, you will explore how real-life situations actually relate to what’s being discussed and taught to you in class. And what better way to understand and learn than through hands-on experience? Your education at Booth University College will help you build a better world!
EDUCATE YOUR HEART THROUGH SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY:
One of the most enriching and memorable parts of the Booth University College experience is participating in Urban Service Learning, which combines academic study, community engagement and critical reflection. As a core requirement of our certificate and degree programs, all of our students take part in service learning, through either urban service learning or social work practicums. Students at Booth UC will gain skills and work and volunteer experience for their heart and their resume while connecting with other like-minded students who feel empowered to create positive change in our communities.
change lives Through Service Learning
By connecting civic engagement to the certificate and degree curriculum, we enrich your learning and provide you with meaningful opportunities to broaden your understanding of the course content. You’ll develop civic awareness and leadership skills while giving back to the community and helping those most in need. Focusing on social concerns such as homelessness, gang life, exploitation and poverty, you’ll step out of the classroom to become immersed in service to the poor and vulnerable people living in the heart of Winnipeg. You’ll learn about compassion, responsibility and service. You’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of the causes of injustice, inequality and suffering around the world – while at the same time building self-awareness and changing lives.
The hands-on learning you will achieve through service learning, practicums, and research will provide you with valuable work and life experience.
Last year, our students provided nearly 35,000 hours of service to the community. Our students are changing the world!
HOW IS SERVICE LEARNING DIFFERENT FROM COMMUNITY SERVICE?
- Service learning involves critical reflection that links thinking and doing, learning and service.
- Service learning integrates the core values of hope, social justice and mercy with the lived experience of urban service.
- Service learning focuses on a social need in a marginalized sector of Winnipeg, occurs outside of the Booth University College community, involves building relationships over time at a single site, and it stretches the student through challenges in a new setting.
WHY IS SERVICE LEARNING BENEFICIAL?
- Service learning affirms our identity as Christians to serve the community in a variety of different ways while learning.
- Service learning affirms the importance of experience and the value of integrating practical knowledge with formal training.
- Service learning offers students the opportunity for personal development while enhancing life, job, and career skills such as confidence, communication and time management skills.
- Service learning provides students with a way to develop social and interpersonal skills by allowing students to work in groups with different generations.
- Service learning develops within students a sense of civic responsibility, a sensitivity to other cultures, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.
- Service learning enriches the local community by serving community organizations, helping them meet the needs of the community by engaging students in opportunities outside of campus.
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
Use our Urban Service Learning inquiry form if you have questions or would like more information.