Summer Slearn: HM's First-Ever Summer Service-Learning Program

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The CCVA recently led a 3-day Summer Service-Learning program, known as "Summer Slearn" for HM students interested in learning about more service-learning opportunities. Students heard from Horace Mann alums Anthony and Paul Ramirez, who introduced students to their company, Mainland Media, whose mission is to spread their pride and love for all that the Bronx has to offer. Margaret Della and Dan Eudene, Executive Directors of Kingsbridge Heights Community Center and Riverdale Neighborhood House, respectively, also came to speak with the students about settlement houses and what their community centers offer the neighborhoods they serve. Students also learned about "Asset-Based and Needs-Based Community Development" and practiced asset-mapping to address a community issue. There was also a discussion around Traditional v. Critical Service-Learning, where students discussed the pros and cons of having a social justice component to service-learning. Finally, a trip to the Henry Ittleson Center, introduced students to The Jewish Board's residential treatment facility for children with severe emotional issues. In the future, the CCVA is hoping to provide more service-learning opportunities like this one, where students can work towards their Service-Learning Requirement in the summer, or simply continue their service-learning experiences in the summer months.