Four Key Areas of Service
There are four key areas (geographically) where service can take place.
- School - aims to enact positive change within our SAS community
- Local - collaborates organizations within Singapore. Many of our clubs serve our neighborhood in the Woodlands
- Regional - serves within Southeast-Asia
- Global - serves in countries varying from Uganda to China.
Approaches to Service
There are five different ways to approach service - direct service is mostly encouraged, but all five methods are extremely important. Exemplary service clubs at SAS excellently demonstrate service through all five of these approaches.
- Direct Service - face-to-face service learning in which the students’ service has a direct impact with the people in need. Annually visiting a village in Cambodia that your club works with is an excellent example of direct service.
- Indirect Service - service learning that focuses more on broad community service projects that may not necessarily aid specific, identifiable individuals but will aid the community in need. Fundraising or creating a website would be great examples of indirect service.
- Advocacy - service learning that aims to bring about awareness through education of a certain issue at hand.
- Research - service learning that requires the collection and presentation of research on a specific issue.
- Creativity - service learning that integrates visual and performing arts
Process of Meaningful Service
SAS follows a five-step model in service learning, promoted by global service leader Cathy Berger Kaye.
- Inventory and Investigation - Includes taking an inventory of all club members’ interests, skills, talents as well as investigating the issue at hand through research.
- Preparation and Planning - Includes the designation of responsibilities and the development of key skills required to produce successful service.
- Action - Includes the implementation of the plan, given a mutual agreement between partners.
- Reflections/Celebration - Students will reflect on their emotions and feelings after taking action, increasing in self-awareness and developing future plans.
- Demonstration/Accountability - Includes a presentation, often with the integration of technology, in which students are able to be accountable for their work through careful documentation.
5 Categories of Service
All service clubs at SAS are categorized as one of the five following groups. This year, each officer of the Executive Service Council will be liaising with a category.
- Education for All (Lauren) - Education-for-all clubs aim to provide schooling for those who either cannot afford or easily access it. These clubs operate in many different regions, from Cambodia to Bhutan to the Philippines.
- Global Issues (Tarini) - Being a student at SAS, we understand the word ‘global’ more than others. This group of service clubs tackle issues that we all face. We have clubs here that stress the importance of overcoming environmental concerns, as well as those who fight for animal rights.
- SAS-Centric (Hope) - SAS-Centric clubs are based right here in SAS and aim to enact positive change within our school community. If you don’t have time to go off campus or you simply want to make a difference that you’ll see, then SAS-centric clubs are for you.
- Help for the Handicapped & Ill (Ruth) - Clubs that work towards helping the handicapped and ill are those who provide all kinds of service to all kinds of people— from hospital patients to special needs children to the disabled. These clubs operate mostly in Singapore, and spend a lot of time doing direct service such as playing sports, performing music and helping out at events for the handicapped and ill.
- Poverty Eradication (Bryanna) - Clubs working towards eradicating poverty aim to break the poverty cycle both regionally and locally. They do this through fundraising, donations, service trips and more. From GK’s iconic Zombie Run to Food From The Heart’s volunteering at food distribution centers, each club has a unique way to make change in our community and beyond.