Abstract—This paper presents a study of 428 youths who participated in service learning projects in developing countries in South-East Asia, China and India. Using mixed-method approach, this study examined the reasons for their participation in the Youth Expedition Projects and the impact of their service-learning experiences on their civic attitudes and competence skills. Positive outcomes in civic engagement, competence skills, development of sense of self for participants as a whole and in terms of age group are discussed. The author concludes that it is important to make service-learning an explicit training and educational goal in order for educators to facilitate the building of capacities in youths such that they can appreciate the value that service-learning can bring in character development and in shaping early commitment to civic involvement.
Index Terms—volunteer programmes, service-learning, civic attitudes, competence skills
Dr Lee Mah Ngee is with Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia. Tel.:+ (60165109862); fax: +(605) 4661313. E-mail address: email@example.com
Cite: Mah Ngee, Lee, " Youth-Led Initiative in Community Service-Learning Projects: A Singapore Perspective," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 29-34, 2010.