Series H: Blueprint for Teaching Online
Blueprint For Service Learning
3 Course Series

YouthBuild USA has partnered with Mockingbird Education to offer a three-course training series to help your YouthBuild program develop and implement high-quality service learning projects.
Course 1: Blueprint for Improving Integration in Primary Service

In Course 1, we will turn up the volume on primary service. You will examine the foundational elements of service learning and explore service learning differences in primary and secondary service. Together, we will define service learning and explore integration of learning in our primary service. We will explore the different methods of integration and learn tools for blending vocational skills, academics, workforce development and leadership skills into every element of YouthBuild. Additionally, we will learn a 4 step integration process that can help any Youthbuild increase the depth of integration in their primary service.

Course 2: Blueprint For Effective Service Learning Projects

In Course 2, we will turn up the volume on secondary service projects. We will deepen our knowledge secondary service-learning projects and learn how to use the 5 step process to integrate more service learning projects into existing program practices.
We will examine different types of service-learning projects and explore best practices for developing and sustaining community partnerships that meet service learning project needs. Throughout it all, we focus on practices that promote student voice, and student leadership.

Course 3: Improving Design and Delivery of Service Learning

In Course 3, we will turn up the volume on evaluating service learning projects in our YouthBuild. We will examine the laws of service learning and explore how we can use the laws to evaluate our service learning projects and create a plan for improvement. Learn how to develop process for designing and delivering service projects that create meaningful and transformative experiences for students and turn community partners into program and student advocates.

Time Commitment

Each course is 4-7 hours engagement

3 Live Sessions

2.5-3 hours each course

3 Coaching Sessions

1-1.5 hours in each course

3 Self-Paced Course Modules

2-4 hours each course


Available 24 hours after live event


Certificate of
Attendance or Mastery

CE Credit

Texas Education Agency
15 hours

Course Activities:

Each course is about 2 weeks in length and includes both synchronous (live) and asynchronous (self-paced) sessions. Each course begins with a live kick-off workshop that is followed by two weeks of asynchronous learning activities.

Asynchronous activities include a collection of online discussions, self-reflections, checkpoint activities, and action assignments. All activities focus on application of knowledge and lead to a culminating action assignment. In the action assignment, course participants complete a design template and leave each course with a detailed plan for implementation.

Synchronous (live) coaching activities are provided throughout the series and course participants receive mini-lessons and reminders via text and email throughout the course. Additionally, each course provides templates, guides, and a variety of implementation resources.

You don't have to attend live sessions (recordings are available 24 hours after event), but we highly recommend attendance.

When the course begins, you will receive an access email to login into Mockingbird's LMS to begin course.

After the last week of course, you will have a two-week "grace period" to access materials or complete any outstanding course activities.
Upon full completion of the online course, you will receive certificate completion or mastery.

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