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Service-Learning Trips

‌Partnerships in Education & Service (PIES) Service Trips 

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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. Each year they travel to New Orleans, LA; Genola, UT; and Brooklyn, NY. To check out pictures of past service trips, click here.

 PIES Genola, Utah Service Trip June 2016 Pic 1  PIES Brooklyn NY Service Trip Collage 2016

Check Out What Students Who Attended These Trips Had to Say 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

"The first day of service as a member of the PIES was a wonderful experience.  It has always been a wish of mine to volunteer as part of a group like this one.  I have met wonderful people while giving back to the community which provides a great feeling of fullness in my heart." -Emiliday Manzueta

"What I enjoyed most about today was seeing the before and after of the sports room."-Isabella Rozon

"This experience has changed me my chances to continue volunteering.  And it has also given the opportunity to share it with my daughters." -Germania Reyes

"I enjoyed helping the staff and administration on task that takes time away from their important duties." -Brenda McKinne‌‌

Background on PIES Service Trips

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


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.

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.  Check out highlights from the trip.

Service trip to Brooklyn Theater Arts High School in Brooklyn, New York 

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. Check out highlights from the trip.


For more information, please contact the Civic Engagement Center at 847-947-5069 or



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