Service-Learning Trips

‌Partnerships in Education & Service (PIES) Service Trips 

Partnerships in Education & Service (PIES) supports public school education through the organization of volunteers from colleges, universities, and the public schools & sectors. PIEs service-learning trips are great occasions to put knowledge into action by providing assistance to people in need. Service trips provide opportunities to learn new skills while engaging in real life situations, grow personally and professionally, all the while knowing your actions make a positive impact on the quality of other people’s lives.

Service-learning trips promote active learning, extend the boundaries of educational experiences, and allow participants to serve as involved individuals in diverse communities. We invite you to consider giving part of your summer to help our partnership schools, while learning about the rich culture, people and communities they live in. PIEs service trips are open to all individuals interested in working in underserved- communities.

For more information regarding these trips and to fill out an application, check out this link: http://www.partnershipsineducation.org/service-trips.html 

  

Annual Summer Service trip to New Orleans 

NLU-NOLA Partnership: Rebuilding New Orleans One School at a Time
Rebuilding New Orleans one school at a time

Beginning in 2007, NLU's Service Learning Team has organized groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of NLU to assist in rebuilding New Orleans one school at a time. The NLU-NOLA project committee has partnered with KIPP Central City Academy, the Samuel J. Green and Arthur Ashe Charter Schools, Royal Castle Kids Child Development Center and Happy Times Preschool to help improve and organize their facilities. An article in the Evanston Roundtable published in September, 2009 describes their work in greater detail. 

The NLU-NOLA Project has established partnerships with charter public schools and private preschools in New Orleans. We continue to work with the schools to arrange for groups of NLU students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of NLU to travel to New Orleans every July or August. The schools' needs include (but are not limited to):

  • Student pre-assessment
  • Advice and training on a literacy program
  • Advice and training on a math program
  • Assistance in expanding the library
  • Collection of school supplies
  • Organization of school resources
  • Facility improvement

Past Service Trips 

NLU-NOLA Ongoing Partnership

In July/August 2016, PIES leads a service team this summer to the Vision of Sci Academy. There is a focus on achievement, respect, responsibility perseverance, teamwork and enthusiasm. We will work to create a community garden by developing an open area into a garden for learning and community development. In addition, we will help educators prepare for the first day of school by assisting in classroom, organizing libraries and completing various other tasks that will make the new school year a success. We will also gain an appreciation for New Orleans people, culture and history. Pictures will be posted after the trip.

In August 2015, PIES led a service team to assist community organizers who work with children and teachers at local schools in the Treme Parish, Louisiana. Members of the team are professionals in the field of education, as well as volunteers dedicated to quality educational experiences for children. The Treme Community Center serves both children and adults in this historic neighborhood, known for being the birth place of Jazz Great, Louis Armstrong.

Highlights from this past trip to New Orleans '15.

Check out our past NOLA trips from 2007 to 2009 by viewing the informational presentation as well as photos and blogsThe NLU Civic Engagement Center also has a YouTube Channel with videos of past service trips to New Orleans. Pictures of service trips to New Orleans are available onPhotobucket.

Service trip to Genola Community Center & Head Start School in Genola, Utah

Genola, Utah, lies just 60 miles south of Salt Lake City amid a stretch of land surrounded by foothills, marshy regions and mountain-fed lakes. Federal Head Start childcare programs serve children all year round. In the summer months, migrant farm workers arrive in Genola to work the summer harvest. Genola Migrant Head Start Center cares for the children of the migrant workers. The school serves a bi-lingual population. Genola Migrant Head Start Center cares for children from newborn to 5 years of age.

We served this community in June 2016 by helping teachers prepare the center’s environment so they may better serve the families and children who utilize this center. Here are what some of the volunteers said about their experiences:

"It has been a few years since I've been able to take a trip with the wonderful volunteers of PIES.  As the leader of the Utah trip this year, it was truly and honor to work with a group of passionate individuals.  This trip helped to reaffirm my passion for volunteer work in the field of education.  I will most certainly be joining PIES on another trip!" -Tiffany Vazquez
 
"I enjoyed my trip to Utah. It was the first time I flight by myself. At the school where we volunteered I liked painting the play house for the kids. Professionally I am happy that I went on this trip and I have good memories from the trip too. I am happy that I volunteered too. Yes I am going on another trip. I might be going to New Orleans next year." -Ashley Lindquist

Below are photographs from the trip:

PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2016 Pic 1 PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2016 Pic 3 ‌‌PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2016 Pic 2 PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2016 Pic 4

In June 2015, PIES led a service team to the Genola Community Center and Head Start School in Genola, Utah. We worked with the teachers who serve the children of the summer migrant laborers who travel to work in the fruit fields during the spring and summer picking seasons. The work consisted of organizing books and materials for teachers and children, with some attention to the outdoor space. Below are pictures from the trip:

PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2015 PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2015

PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2015 PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2015

 PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2015 PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2015
 

Service trip to Brooklyn Theater Arts High School in Brooklyn, New York on July 24 - 30

Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School (BTA) is a small, strong learning community dedicated to college readiness and the study of theatre arts. Theatre isn’t just about acting, directing, and playwriting. It involves technical aspects like lighting, sound, set design and requires abilities in organization, finance, and public relations.  BTA helps students identify his/her interests, develop more advanced skills and helps build aptitudes that students need for lifelong learning. They must think analytically, communicate clearly, solve problems, and collaborate with peers on complex projects to reach common goals.

We will help create space(s) that are art and student spaces. These spaces will serve as a safe, inviting spaces where students will be able to enjoy school in a non-traditional way. In addition, we will support the school with various needs as summer school ends and educators begin to prepare for the new school year. 

 

Trip to Washington DC with Public Policy Student Organization Wednesday March 25 - Sunday March 29, 2009

Today's Mind's, Building Tomorrow's Future: Students, friends and faculty attended an Illinois Congressional Delegation and stayed to tour the White House and meet with their Representatives in Congress. Dr. Richard Longoria of the Public Policy Department also lead discussion briefings with the group to offer valuables insights and enhance tours.

Early Childhood Advocacy Day April 16, 2008 Springfield, IL.

11 members of the NLU community went to Springfield, IL to join the Ounce of Prevention Fund in collaboration with Healthy Families Illinois to experience grassroots advocacy firsthand. They received pre-lobbying training and were given time to speak with Illinois legislators on key early childhood issues. The group shared their experiences at the 3rd annual Service-Learning Symposium at the Chicago campus. Click here to see more pictures and read students' reflections.

For more information, please contact the Civic Engagement Center at 847-947-5069 or civicengagement@nl.edu.

 

Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632
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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632
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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632
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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632
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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632
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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU has a proud history of serving graduate students in southeastern Wisconsin. We currently offer all Wisconsin residents online programs in non-licensure education as well as a variety of business-related degrees.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    (414) 577.2658
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