Service learning: bringing back boys

The purpose ofthis qualitative study is to explore what changes may need to take place in order to make a service-learning program more attractive to young adolescent boys in one San Diego County middle school. The information for this study was collected from six adolescent boys and their parents during one on one interviews. All six boys were students in the researcher's service learning class. The literature review examined the importance of understanding the developing young adolescent male physically, socially and emotionally, the middle school philosophy and service learning in a middle school setting. By understanding the importance of creating a meaningful service-learning program, which is designed to meet the needs of young adolescent boys, principals and teachers will be better equipped to develop service learning experiences that are more attractive and relevant to middle school boys. The findings in this study indicate that to increase the number of adolescent boys involved in serving others, we need to consider providing a safe, supportive place where boys can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life. Nurture these boys and your program will grow. KEYWORDS: adolescent boys, community service, middle schools, service learning