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Service Projects

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 to 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. 
Highlights from our service-learning opportunities: Valentine's Day at Stratford House
  • An on-going commitment to working with Hope Gardens
  • Students helped launch an annual Fall Festival with RENA, in which YLI students created and led a haunted trail for 70 children and parents. 
  • YLI students at Phoenix Academy 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.  This year there will be two spring break trips, an international trip to France & Spain and an alternative spring break to Richmond, Virginia.