The LEAGUE (officially Community League) is a nonprofit, school and web-based program for service learning. The organization was founded in 2005 and as of July 2008, 189 schools, representing 1,833 classes and 110,535 students in 21 states nationwide were actively participating in The LEAGUE. The organization is headquartered in Newark, NJ, with offices in New York, Detroit, Indianapolis and Austin. The LEAGUE is a 501© 3 public charity.
The mission of The LEAGUE states: The LEAGUE is a school and web-based program for schools that builds character and empowers young people to “do good” in their community, the nation, and the world.
In the program, youth participate in service throughout the school year. The LEAGUE offers educator resources online to prepare students in the classroom for service in the community. The LEAGUE provides access to more than 1,300 K-12 classroom lessons on philanthropy, service-learning and character education. All lessons are coded to and searchable by each state's core academic standards. Students demonstrate what they’ve learned by engaging in community service projects, called LEAGUE Events. Young people choose and develop the projects that they want to engage in. The LEAGUE is youth-led. Classes and students earn points for thoughtful civic engagement in the various LEAGUE events.
The LEAGUE was founded in 2005 by a group of business, education, government, media and non-profit leaders who created a model for developing the next generation of philanthropists.
In early November 2007, The LEAGUE launched nationwide with corporate and media partners to invite all schools to participate in service of their community, the nation, and the world. The national launch was help in Fall 200 and at Midtown West School in Manhattan (PS 212) with a keynote address by U.S. Secretary of Education, Margaret Spellings and special guests Melinda Doolittle http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melinda_Doolittle, singer, and Harlem Globetrotter Eugene Edgerson.
In June, 2010, The LEAGUE merged with HandsOn/Points of Light Foundation in their youth-based generationOn program
Learning The LEAGUE provides access to more than 1,300 K-12 classroom lesson plans on giving, service and civic engagement. Educator resources are developed by its curriculum division, Learning to Give, the world's leading curriculum on youth service and character education. Each LEAGUE Event Lesson also includes Learning Links – 10 five-minute activities that reinforce the lesson, and a selection of post-service reflection activities.
Service The LEAGUE event season calendar (major events, LEAGUE Wildcards and Open Wildcards) provides the class, school and students ways to get involved in making a difference in the community. The LEAGUE encourages service experiences for students to be engaged in service-learning.
The major events include:
|Month||Event||Civic Concern Addressed|
|October||One Day||Volunteering & Service|
|November||The Drive||Hunger & Homelessness|
|January||King Day||Caring, Respect & Fairness|
|April||Earth Day||Environmental Stewardship|
Participants can also conduct WildCard events by developing a service project specific to the needs of their community.
Training Marjorie S. & Max M. Fisher Training Camp The LEAGUE provides professional development for teachers on how to engage in The LEAGUE program, service learning, civic engagement, and character education. Training is offered online through The LEAGUE website.
Recognition The LEAGUE Award System is a threshold-based model in which everyone can achieve success and recognition. Acknowledgment starts with the most minimal participation level, encouraging students to practice service and giving.
As of July 2008, 189 schools, representing 1,833 classes and 110,535 students in 21 states nationwide were actively participating in The LEAGUE.
NATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS According to GenerationOn's official site, the LEAGUE partners with Learning to Give, and is supported by the Hasbro Children's Fund.
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