As sophomores begin their experience with HOBY, most identify themselves as members of the community, and possibly have been involved in volunteer service. Our goal with HOBY is to push them into becomingconscientious citizens during the seminar, encouraging them to think critically about society’s issues. The skills they learn at the seminar will further push them beyond simply thinking about the issues, and into the status of an active citizen where they are continuing to be involved in the education and action process.
In service-learning, there is a mutual benefit to the person serving and those individuals he/she is serving. The community organization serves as an educational vessel for the person serving by educating about issues, funds, sources, reasons the organization exists, etc. However, the person serving is also providing a service to the organization by working on a significant project with the organization, but also taking the knowledge gained and continuing to be involved in learning about the issue and doing something about it. (This could be reflected in their voting practices later on, their continued volunteerism, or other means of social advocacy for the issues.)