The Service-Learning Center offers a number of unique programs throughout the school year. Most students begin integration in service-learning on the first day of their first-year orientation with a program called StreetFest. During StreetFest all students spend a day serving and learning with a local Grand Rapids organization.
From there students can do projects connected to their academic coursework through Academically-Based Service-Learning, chaperone an athlete for Special Olympics, or stop by the Service-Learning Center to learn about individual service-learning opportunities.
- Faculty members in almost every department at Calvin University integrate Academically-Based Service-Learning (ABSL) with the content of courses.
- ISL opportunities develop distinctly in the context of each country and program goals, ranging from course-related ABSL, ethnographic study or a career-related practicum. Students serve, learn, and conduct research at a variety of community placements.
- StreetFest is a one-time co-curricular service-learning opportunity that occurs during our first-year student orientation program. During StreetFest, we explore our call of doing God’s work in God’s world by joining over 40 community organizations in their work in the city of Grand Rapids.
- Every year Calvin hosts the Special Olympics Michigan Southwest Regional Spring Games. Over 400 athletes will come to our campus and compete in various athletic competitions including track and field and swimming. The winners from these games will go on to compete in the state championship.