School-based Programs

C.H.A.M.P. (College Headed and Mighty Proud)

Course: Diversity in the Classroom (EDUC 405)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Being a role model
  • Getting to see the kids realize their self-worth
  • I enjoyed the challenge of using what I learned in class.

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • It helped me see the diversity and treat every one the same.
  • Setting an example in terms of respect that I showed them and others
  • I believe that they are valued and loved.
  • I was made aware of how necessary it is to become more involved in the community.

D.A.I.S.Y. (Developing Art in School Youth)

Course: Fundamental Art Experience (ART 310)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Being able to help the Azusa High School students do something creative and positive
  • Encouraging the students with their talent
  • Being able to see the diversity in talent and how the children of Azusa value art
  • Seeing the motivation that the students of Azusa have

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • Remembering to have a servant’s heart while ministering to others
  • I was able to give unselfishly.

Editing

Course: Editing (JOUR 300)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Connecting with and being able to influence the youth in this area, and connecting principles of editing and grammar in my world

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • It re-affirmed my desire to watch others grow.

Junior Achievement

Course: Organization and Administrative Behavior (BUSI 448)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Learning how to integrate course material, ethics, values, and faith
  • Being able to provide for underprivileged children
  • Being able to work with a nonprofit in a business world

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • The greatest value was being able to speak into these kids’ lives and make an impact on their education and life after school.
  • Trying to be a servant leader for not only the students but also my team

Mini Courses

Two Dimensional Art (ART 130)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Knowing that I was giving art to kids who might use it throughout their lives and giving joy to kids whose only time that might have been

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • We were able to love the children we were with and truly encourage them! I even got to comfort/connect with a particular 3rd grader whose grandmother had just passed.
  • I am responsible for reaching out to the community and spreading God’s love through art.

Sculptural Objects and Functional Art (ART 311)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • The reality of how these boys live, what their backgrounds are, and learning to not take so much for granted, and not looks down on others
  • Just knowing that I was giving a little bit of myself to these kids because they tend to get lost in the shuffle
  • Seeing the inner city kids still wanting to make art with us and really enjoying it

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • God has a plan for everyone and we need to demonstrate that. These boys need positive influences to use their situations as a testimony of what God has in store for them.
  • It allowed me to love the kids in the way they needed.

Multicultural Art (ART 403)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Talking to the boys about their hopes and dreams and encouraging them to pursue them
  • Being able to use my talents in a new environment where I could teach and learn from the students
  • Seeing the situations of boys out in the world who are outside my “norm”

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • I was able to remain positive and hopefully set an example of integrity for the boys.
  • It made me want to reach out more to kids in similar situations.
  • It served to give me a foundation for the example I set for our students.

Science and Children (BIOL 400)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • I was able to practice and develop my science teaching skills.
  • Our teacher helped us create lesson plans and I learned a lot about classroom management and teaching styles.

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • It encouraged me to press on, even when we had frustrating circumstances.
  • I was able to be a positive role model to the students. Also, it encouraged me as a future teacher (possibly teaching in a public school) to be prepared to be an example to my students and co-workers.
  • My relationship with Christ and knowledge of His love and concern for the children I taught made me more conscious of treating them in a loving way and being careful to avoid tearing them down by being careless with my words.

Motor Development and Learning (PE 325)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Getting to work with the students and observe development growth
  • Understanding that teaching PE is more than simply rolling the ball out

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • Being able to be a godly man as best as possible

Analytical Inquiry (MATH 115)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Having a chance to share with people outside of the APU community
  • I got to know the way that individual kids interact with each other. It is important to learn patience and how to deal when students distract each other when teaching.
  • The greatest reward of service-learning was being able to encourage the students in a positive way. I loved laughing with them and teaching them new math skills.

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • I really wanted to help them understand the math problems, as well as get to know them and hear about their lives.
  • I came to Center Middle School, remembering that God was using me to reach out to these students. I used my faith in God to allow Him to speak through me, and I used my God-given talents of relating and creativity to teach the students.

Physical Education

Course: PE in Elementary Schools (PE 450)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Seeing the children having fun while exercising
  • Creating lesson plans and then actually being able to teach them to see what worked
  • Being able to teach a class of 20 all by myself prepared me and gave me more confidence to go into the classroom and teach.

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • My faith helped me by giving me patience with the children; working outdoors with children can be very difficult!
  • My personal faith made me want to make sure everyone was involved as much as possible and to care for them all equally.

Teacher Assistant Program (T.A.P.)

Course: Introduction to Teaching (EDUC 300)

What was of greatest value to you in this service-learning course?

  • Really getting hands-on experience, talking with the teachers, and working with the students was phenomenal.
  • I was able to see a view of what teaching would be like and how to handle life situations in the classroom.
  • Teaching actual lessons really exposed strengths and weaknesses.

How did your personal faith commitment impact your involvement in this service-learning experience?

  • I realized how important personal relationships are with students and fellow professionals.
  • I got to pray for the students I was interacting with.