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New Foundations Charter School (NFCS) is K-8 school located in Philadelphia with an enrollment of 564 students. With 14% of the student body needing special education services, and an additional 8% having been identified as needing intervention, service-learning could become a key initiative not only to meeting their academic needs, but also encouraging social and emotional growth. Service-learning also helps these at-risk youth develop problem-solving skills, build resiliency and connect with peers and adults.
This school has a well-established service-learning foundation — one that solidly integrates service-learning into the school culture. Their charge is to ensure sustainability — something that has been somewhat of a challenge in the past.
Currently NFCS uses service-learning through both specific programs and as intermittent projects that develop as needs and opportunities arise.
Developing community-school partnerships is one of NFCS' strong suits where service-learning is concerned. They have a seasoned service-learning coordinator as well as additional resource staff to provide professional development and resources to teachers in the classroom. They are excited about the opportunity not only to strengthen their current service-learning framework, but to glean skills for developing and implementing STEM-specific service-learning activities.
New Foundations Charter School is highlighted in a new multimedia service-learning Web site from the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC). New Foundations is one of NCLC's Schools of Success. To view the video, visit NYLC's Lift Web site: http://lift.nylc.org/.