CLL-Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Community Learning Lab (CLL)?

The Community Learning Lab (CLL) was formed to create and support relationships between the community and the classrooms at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work in a partnership that is mutually beneficial in the areas of growth, education, and service.

What are the goals of the CLL?

  • PARTNER with agencies to produce outcomes that will enable them to enrich the services they provide, show the impact of their services, and maintain sustainability.
  • PROVIDE students with valuable hands on experience and an opportunity to walk away with a sense of accomplishment from their contributions at a community level.
  • ENABLE instructors to enhance their curriculums and serve vulnerable populations by overseeing the projects.

What is the role of the CLL?

The roll of the CLL is to facilitate the connection between agency and classroom/students. The CLL looks for agencies in the community that might have projects they need assistance with. The CLL then offers those projects to students in classrooms to complete. This allows students to be able to select a project from the CLL list to complete instead of having to search for one. The CLL then makes the connection between student and agency and then facilitates the contact if needed.

Is there a fee to participate?

No, there is now fee required to participate in any of the CLL services. All services to students, classrooms, and agencies are free!

How often can I submit projects?

Community groups are encouraged to apply to the CLL with service-learning project proposals, via our website, at the beginning of each semester. We will work with faculty to find an appropriate match and make a concerted effort to facilitate as many partnerships as possible between agencies and classes.

Can I submit more than one project at a time?

Yes! We encourage all community groups to submit any and all projects they might have. We cannot grantee that all projects will be completed, but we do our best to match as many projects with classrooms. Projects that may not be completed the semester they were submitted are encouraged to resubmit again in future semesters.

What type of projects can I submit?

Here are some examples of previous projects that have been submitted and completed:

  • Website development
  • Health Education
  • Career Training
  • Tutoring
  • Improve or develop an agency’s cultural competency plan
  • Develop a fundraising plan
  • Design annual events
  • Grant writing/research
  • Mentoring
  • Conduct a needs assessment
  • After school programming development
  • Develop program evaluation tools
  • Update training manuals
  • Data collection
  • Identify job resources and job training
  • Create and implement a marketing campaign for established Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities
  • Organize a chore day
  • Recruit/Screen/Train volunteers
  • Develop a support group resource guide
  • Literature review
  • Program satisfaction survey
  • Survey Development
  • Poverty Simulation
  • Develop an educational workshop on immigrant issues
  • Community outreach
  • Design a marketing plan and analyze the outcomes
  • Use social media for volunteer recruitment or publicity
  • Stock resource room
  • Develop workshops on resumes
  • Fundraising
  • Food/Supply Drive

What are some tips to submitting projects?

As you begin the application process, here are some additional ideas you may decide to include:

  • Would you or a member of your staff like to meet with the students on a regular basis?
  • Will the students require a day (or more) of training/orientation to your agency?
  • Is there a specific date that this project will need to be started or completed?
  • Is there a preference for students to work individually or in groups?
  • Will most of the work be done at the agency or elsewhere?
  • How many students would you like to work on your project?