Partnering with Loyola's service learning program can bring substantial benefits to your agency, including strengthening and expanding services and programs and building capacity for positive social change. However, a partnership also requires a significant investment of time and energy. It's important to understand this commitment beforehand and decide whether your agency has the capacity to make this investment.
Community partner agencies will:
Articulate an intended objective for their agency that should result from its participation in service learning.
Be able to name an indirect benefit to their agency due to being a part of the Loyola community.
Describe their experience of accessing additional Loyola community resources as manageable or easy.
- Identify two other Loyola community partner agencies with which it has developed or strengthened its relationship because of its partnership with OCELTS.
Loyola service learning partners have the following expectations:
- communicate with and respond to Loyola students, staff, and faculty in a timely manner;
- provide Loyola with the information necessary to facilitate service learning activities effectively;
- notify Loyola of any change to organization structure, operations, program, or other significant matters;
- cooperate fully with regular partnership assessment;
- provide regular feedback to Loyola staff, faculty, and students;
- ensure that pre-service requirements such as background checks are completed in a timely and efficient manner;
- allow and arrange for site visits and program observations as necessary to ensure quality partnerships;
- provide sufficient orientation and training for all service learning students;
- monitor and supervise placement and project work as necessary; and
- evaluate students and outcomes in writing and/or in person.