Through monthly service-learning projects during the school year, YLI promotes teamwork, civic engagement, and community involvement. Students engage in service-learning, reflecting on how their projects serve as an extension of what they’ve learned in the school classroom. During service projects, students put the four components of leadership learned at summer camp into action: vision, communication, empowerment, and action.

Community partners include Hope Gardens, the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA), the Stratford House, the Durham Food Bank, the Carolina Tiger Rescue, and Manley Estates. Through Adopt-A-Highway, YLI students maintain the area around Merritt Mill Road and Lincoln Center.

Service-learning Highlights

  • An ongoing commitment to working with Hope Gardens
  • Launching an annual Fall Festival with RENA, in which YLI students created and led a haunted trail for 70 children and parents.
  • Phoenix Academy YLI students planned and conducted a two-month oral history project with four residents at Manley Estates, documenting their life stories and learning from their experiences through photos and audio recordings.

Each year during spring break, YLI participants spend their time serving outside of Chapel Hill. It is exciting for students to see how service benefits others in the cities we visit and to build their leadership skills through travel.