Integrated Learning: the service and academic content inform each other.
High Quality Service: responds to needs recognized by the community; is appropriate to the level of the course, and well-organized.
Collaboration: all have an equal role in the planning, execution, and benefits of the partnership.
Civic responsibility: the experience promotes students' responsibility and understanding of how to care for others and contribute to our community.
Reflection: occurs before, during, and after the project, and establishes connections between the service experiences and academic curriculum.
Assessment & Evaluation: all parties are involved in assessing the partnership, and systems are in place to evaluate how effectively students have met the learning and service goals.
Youth Service California, 2000