What is Service Learning?

Dickerson Civic Center is an organization whose mission is to promote “service learning”, which we believe is a building block of a healthy, vibrant community and caring society.

But what is “service learning” exactly?

Service-learning is a method by which people learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized experience.

Service-learning includes four critical components:

  • Preparation
  • Action
  • Reflection
  • Celebration

The benefits are numerous, as outlined below.

What is Service Learning

The varied programs we develop and take into our community are centered around this mission and purpose – to teach students to become involved in their communities in meaningful and productive, needs-based activities.

You can read more about our service-learning programming and initiatives here.

Preserving Our Future

Effective democracy requires a healthy balance between civic rights and obligations. There has been a noticeable decline in recent years of youth participation in service to the community or nation. DCCR provides youth an opportunity to understand that citizenship requires balance between giving and receiving. Young people are given the opportunity to experience service in a carefully controlled and meaningful environment alongside community partners. Young people are empowered to become contributors in improving their community and nation. Significant learning takes place as students use critical thinking to analyze and solve problems, participate in community service opportunities and reflect on their experiences that connect them to their academic subject areas.

We value our children and their futures; therefore, the community has stepped in to fill the gap where schools and families are failing. Dickerson Center for Civic Responsibility recognizes the huge racial academic achievement gap and is committed to improving educational outcomes for many marginalized and underprivileged students within the community.

Dickerson Center for Civic Responsibility honors the memory of Reverend and Mrs. Horace Livingston Dickerson, Sr. (Gloster, LA) who placed enormous value on education and the blessing of freedom.

It’s easy to make a buck; it’s tougher to make a difference.
~ Tom Brokow

Testimonials About DCCR

When I heard about the creative writing camp, I was extremely excited. I love thinking creatively, and telling great stories. However, I don’t have the discipline to do these things regularly or finish what I start, for that matter.
The first writing exercise was mind stretching as if was the first day of a fitness work-out. Much like anyone else being pounded into shape, I wanted to push back. My first thoughts were, “I can’t think of anything to write…” or “A purple what?”, were my first reactions. But soon, I began to open my mind.
By the end of the week, there was a noticeable difference in my ability to present as well as my capacity to think creatively. I even felt confident speaking in front of the group, and we all know how daunting speaking in front of our peers can be. I thought I might be a developing writer.
Thank you for such a thought stretching workshop. It was awesome! -Kristy

Without your help, I would have not been able to complete the various admissions applications for college. Now, I am a graduate of UTAustin. -Briana

Are you ready for back to school?

10 Tips for a Successful 2014-2015 School Year

1. Schedule a check-up with the doctor – Make sure all immunizations and physicals are up to date.

2. Buy “Back to School” Supplies – Be sure to check the school for supply list per grade level and watch for sales.

3. Transportation Schedule- Make sure you and your student are aware of the designated procedures, times and locations for “pick-up” and “drop off” spots for school.

4. Visit the school- Attend all registration dates, “Meet the Teacher” activities and all other events offered by the school to acclimate students and parents to the campus.

5. School Schedule – Your student should have a designated place and time to complete homework and chores. Also, be sure to have an appointed bedtime.

6. Preparation is the Key – Get clothes and backpacks ready the night before don’t forget to pack the lunches and sign any forms the students may need to turn in to the school.

7. Parent Involvement – Be an involved parent. Solicit ideas from the faculty and staff member to see how to volunteer at your child’s school.

8. Monitor Progress Reports – Communicate with teachers on a regular basis to ensure the success of your student.

9. Encourage Your Child – Talk to your child about the importance of education, ask about what they are learning in school and listen to the responses given.

10. READ – Read or have your student read to you daily. This promotes fluency and vocabulary; it’s also a great way to bond with your child.

~ Mrs. Lisa Spears, Counselor-Dallas ISD Director, Board of Directors, DCCR