Service Learning Students Serve as Teachers

Thanks to a partnership between the University of Missouri and BCFR’s Life & Work Connections, adults with developmental disabilities can take classes and learn valuable life skills that enhance their self-sufficiency. The classes are taught by MU Service Learning students, who gain hands-on experience and meet their own coursework requirements.

Service-Learning, or curriculum-based service, connects college students with the community in partnerships that provide effective and far-reaching assistance to those in need. The result is a learning environment that synthesizes community, university, and student need. This summer, BCFR clients had the opportunity to participate in “Circles,” a social skills class designed to help participants set boundaries with friends, strangers and loved ones – skills essential for success in the community.

How the program works is a Community Skills Specialist with Life & Work Connections recruit participants, provides the curriculum and guides the MU students in their work. The Service-Learning program is especially valuable to young adults who are transitioning from high school to a more independent lifestyle.