Service Learning and Community Based Research Projects

Books written in partnership with the Center

Writing Local Histories and Oral Histories

Penn State students interview and write about local individuals and communities. Many of the Center’s research- and writing- based partnerships lead to publicly shared books and websites of local history and oral history.

Community garden

Environmental Change

Penn State students work each semester on environmental service learning and research projects to benefit the Berks County community and the students’ knowledge of environmental issues. Hands-on work combined with research helps students get to the heart of environmental issues in a way that classroom learning just can’t fulfill.

PEPP Students in the Classroom

School District Partnerships

Engaging Penn State students with K-12 students allows them to consider the many aspects of inequalities of class, race, gender, and age in the context of education, particularly urban education, and how they personally can make a difference in a student’s future.

Students at an archeological dig

Community Partnerships

Penn State students engaging in community partnerships apply classroom concepts and information in hands-on, real situations to help the community. These projects involve students in challenging forms of research and communication outside classroom and library walls.