We strive to empower students and elevate service, making it accessible school-wide. Find us in P-5 and follow on Instagram @maservicelearningcenter.
The Menlo-Atherton Service-Learning Center (SLC) provides equally accessible service opportunities, empowering students of all backgrounds to find purpose by serving the Menlo-Atherton Community.
M-A High School Service-Learning Objectives:
Civic Engagement: Recognize the importance of agency and life-long responsible citizenship in personal and professional activities in ways that benefit underserved populations.
Celebrate Diversity: Embody our motto of “strength in diversity” by looking beyond your own perspective and understand the way others see the world. Appreciate the knowledge, wisdom, assets and skills that individuals in these communities possess.
Developed in partnership with the Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service: haas.stanford.edu and Santa Clara University Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education: scu.edu/ic.
Theory of Change
The Case for Community Engagement
are more likely to understand and critically understand course content (Tannebaum, 2008).
social skills are enhanced (Bailis and Melchior, 2002).
sense of identity is improved as are peer relations (Kelshaw, 2009).
feel more confident in their ability to identify issues, work with others, organize, take action and build a commitment to participation over the long term (Bailis and Melchior, 2002).
"It [Service-learning] is a group effort in the end. I definitely have been impacted by it because it is one thing to say we have a problem, but it is another to actually see the people impacted by it. It has opened my eyes to the multitude of inequalities around me and made me realize how fortunate I really am.” -M-A Junior