"With the Richness of Their Resources”: Honors Alumni Reflect on the Impact of a Service-Learning and Mentoring Program

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2020

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Reddick, Richard J.
Pritchett, Katie Ortego

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Texas Education Review

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Scholars have encouraged universities to more effectively engage with surrounding communities. One example of community engagement is the service-learning partnership between the Plan II Honors Program and the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) public charter school in Austin, through which college students enroll in a class to mentor local middle school students. In this article, we examine qualitative survey responses from Plan II alumni over a seven-year period reflecting on their experiences. Alumni described the service-learning experience as influencing their academic careers, postgraduate plans, and personal views. Findings imply that structured service-learning experiences can significantly influence the behaviors and life decisions of alumni both at the time of their experience and well beyond.

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