2014 Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service Learning

Background

TN_Conf_on_Volunteerism_and_Service-Learning_Sponsorship_PacketIn 2010, Volunteer Tennessee, with its partners Tennessee Campus Compact, State Farm and the Corporation for National and Community Service State Office, convened the first-ever statewide conference on volunteerism and service-learning.

As we struggle with tough economic times, increased poverty, threatened environmental security and other societal concerns, we know that service makes the biggest difference in creating safe, strong and healthy communities. With the annual Tennessee Conference on Volunteerism and Service-Learning (TCVSL), we bring together the best civic leaders across the state and nation to share innovative ways to encourage volunteerism and provide a solid infrastructure for people to serve.

According to the latest available data, Tennessee has 1.2 million volunteers who give 121.2 million hours annually. The economic impact to local communities totals $2.6 billion. Ironically, though, Tennessee is 43rd in the nation for its rate of volunteerism, a phenomenon we know we can impact through education, better networking, and increased portals for service.

What’s more, research shows that service-learning — a teaching methodology that combines hands-on learning with community service — is especially effective in helping young people improve grades, at-risk behaviors and leadership ability. With Tennessee’s graduation rate at 82 percent, service-learning is a great low-cost strategy to keep students engaged in their education. The TCVSL is the most comprehensive way to bring educators and students together to learn how to infuse this amazing strategy into existing curricula.

Additionally, this event serves as the venue for the annual Governor’s Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA), a program that honors outstanding youth and adult volunteers from counties across the state. By combining the conference with the GVSA, we elevate the importance of service by celebrating those who are already effecting positive change.

The 2014 conference is positioned to connect, educate and empower its participants to expand service all across Tennessee.

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