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 the community┬áto produce outcomes that will enable them to enrich the services they provide, show the impact of their services, and maintain sustainability.
  • PROVIDE students with an experiential learning opportunity that engages them as citizens and enhances their skills and education experiences in a marketable way.
  • EMPOWER instructors to enhance their curriculums and serve vulnerable populations by overseeing the projects.

What is the role of the CLL?

The role 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 no 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 guarantee that all projects will be completed, but we do our best to match as many projects as possible 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?

Click here to see some examples of previous projects that have been submitted and completed

Does the CLL only work with the School of Social Work?

No. The CLL works with any college/department across the UIUC campus.