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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: LearnServe International sparks high school students' passion to make a difference, and equips them with the knowledge, tools, and relationships to effectively drive solutions to pressing global challenges.

Results: Since 2004 LearnServe has: a) helped launch more than 250 emerging social entrepreneurs; b) led more than 400 students and teachers to serve communities in Zambia, Paraguay, Jamaica, Japan, China, and Ethiopia; and c) directly engaged more than 2,500 young people in social innovation.

Target demographics: High School students in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area.

Geographic areas served: DC, MD, and VA

Programs: LearnServe Fellows - social entrepreneurship training: students design and launch their own social ventures. LearnServe Abroad - hands-on service-learning in Zambia, Paraguay, and Jamaica.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a LearnServe Fellow from 2011- 2012, and I am now a LearnServe Ambassador. When I applied for the Fellows program, I had no idea how much it would impact my life. The program taught me how to turn an idea into an active social venture project, from the starting a needs assessment to running a pilot program. It changed the way I think about and interact with the world around me, and turned me into a leader. Throughout, I met passionate and committed people that continue to inform and inspire me. LearnServe also has incredible alumni programs, aimed at helping venture projects grow after graduation. Furthermore, my participation in the fellows program has opened up a variety of outside opportunities. LearnServe has changed my life, and I am thrilled to be an Ambassador!

Brianna3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a LSI Fellow last year and loved the program so much that I came back as an Alumni Ambassador to help out this year! I can't praise Learnserve enough; it gives high schools students the tools and skills to do something amazing for their communities and encourages global awareness and leadership. I wish every high school student could have the extraordinary and unique experience that LearnServe offers. I'm so lucky to be part of a team and organization that is so positive and passionate about making the world better for everyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

LearnServe empowers students to take on life's challenges head-on, and at an early age. As a volunteer I have seen students plan and execute well thought out business models and create nonprofits that make real change. Their teachers are challenging and motivating, and the students learn a lot from community leaders who volunteer their time to help review the students' projects. The students have said that LearnServe gives them confidence, direction, and helps focus them on what they want to accomplish. I would definitely recommend any teenager to this program.

Ben_18

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Learnserve is wonderful incubator of young social entrepreneurs and changemakers, while providing experienced professionals with an opportunity to use their skills and expertise to make a difference. I've been blown away by the participant's commitment, care, and dedication, and it's been a wonderful organization to work with.

Anthony20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended the LearnServe International Coffee House event last year and was blown away by the passion of the young people involved and the quality of presentations (elevator pitches) they made for more than 100 people. I was so pleased that LearnServe invited me to return in the Spring to serve as a panelist for the Venture Fair, where the students present their plan for a venture to address the problem they identified in the previous Fall. These were professional presentations that many adults could not have made. LearnServe empowers young people to make a difference. It does so by teaching them valuable life skills, like writing a business plan, developing a strategy and presenting before a group of people. I have now recruited a few friends and colleagues to participate as well, as all of them have been equally impressed!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor of serving as a guest speaker and observer of Learn Serve International (LSI) and I am a huge fan. This program motivates young people to not only discover a passion but to problem solve and seek solutions to the problems they discover. I think student walk away with an expanded awareness of issues and empowered to do something about it. I also think they gain valuable friendships that are mind and culture expanding. I highly recommend participation by young people if they want to learn, grow and impact their community.