Service Learning

LFA Student group that volunteered at a primary school
a group of LFA students volunteering at a book bank
trunk or treat Halloween service event for elementary school children
LFA students who volunteered at a food bank
LFA students doing volunteer work at a book bank
LFA students clearing buck thorn plants on service day
LFA students who volunteered to clean up a beach on service day

Service at LFA

Our service-learning program at LFA challenges students to reflect on who they are and their role in the greater community, whether that be LFA or their hometown. In the process of service-learning, they investigate the root of social issues and learn how to engage with community partners to best support causes they are passionate about. All students at LFA will be exposed to service-learning in their sophomore Health, Wellness, & Community class where they will learn and apply the IPARD framework to their required class service project. 

Investigation Planning Action Reflection Demonstration (IPARD) service learning diagram

In addition to the sophomore curriculum, each year every student participates in Service Learning Day. On this day, LFA students and faculty go out into the local community to lend their time and service as needed. Students who want to engage deeper with service can join Interact Club where they can participate in additional school-wide events and other evening or weekend service opportunities. There are also service-learning focused trips offered over spring break. These types of trips are carefully selected to incorporate intentional service-learning experiences with an emphasis on cultural immersion and community engagement.

Interact Club

Interact Club serves as the umbrella organization for the majority of extracurricular service opportunities at LFA. Through Interact, students develop their leadership skills and discover the power of service. Members help run yearly events such as Project Pumpkin, the Fall Food Drive, and the spring Clothing Swap. They also participate in after school tutoring programs through North Chicago Community Partners and the Nuestro Center. Members are encouraged to propose their own service project ideas through local, national, and international organizations. Interact meets twice a month in the Stuart Center.