The purpose of See and Serve America is to provide youth—and all participants—with a clear understanding of service-learning/civic engagement to better develop their leadership abilities, particularly with planning and implementing activities geared toward community. There is much deliberation and discussion on exactly what “community” is, and SSA is here to address those concerns in a very tangible and practical manner.
See and Serve America requires at least one emergency personnel (security, nurse, medical doctor, police, etc.) to travel with group for the entire experience. See and Serve America also requires at least one participant to be at least fifty (50) years or older. The minimum age for participants is fourteen (14). At present SSA only originates from Atlanta, GA and Aiken, SC, however as funding increases, it will be possible to depart from other cities.
Fundraising begins in the Fall for the following year’s experience. Please click Donate page on Menu to support SSA’s efforts.
All participants must show volunteer efforts locally to display their willingness to volunteer in another city. They must also agree to continue volunteering locally upon return from a service learning experience. Sign-up begins March 15 for previous travelers (they have priority) and new participant sign-up begins May 1st. Mark calendars!
One letter of recommendation (from teacher, counselor, community leader, etc.) is needed for a new teen participant and an answer to one of the following essay questions in 250-500 words must be submitted:
- “What would I do to Reduce Crime and Violence in my hometown?”
- “How would a Service Learning Experience to Another City Benefit Me?”
- “What is Leadership and How do I Exemplify Leadership Among My Peers?”
- “What more can Adult Volunteers do to Help Young People in my hometown?”