ACA’s Service-Learning Philosophy
“Only a life lived in the service to others is worth living.” ACA’s Service Learning course embodies this Albert Einstein quote providing, rewarding opportunities to spend time helping to make Madison an even better place for its citizens and visitors. American Collegiate Adventures is committed to helping students participate in social and personal transformation. Our goal is to encourage them to realize the power they have to grow as individuals while contributing to an environment of cultural understanding and mutual respect.
ACA prides itself on being a leader in the pre-college summer enrichment industry and is committed to giving our students access to rewarding community service opportunities. We’re convinced, and educators at every level will agree, that these experiences not only improve the well-being of people around the world, they also produce more well-rounded, socially aware students – the kinds of students colleges want to enroll!
Students will find inspiring ways to use their talents by working with children in local schools, raising money for worthwhile charities or volunteering at soup kitchens, organic farms and senior centers. Morning and afternoon options are available, earning up to 40 hours of community service! Upon completion, every participant receives a certificate highlighting the total number of hours volunteered and projects completed.
Students have the option to enroll in an Intensive Community Service Program, which allows them to participate in fulfilling service projects during both enrichment offerings, or they can choose service for just one course period.
Past ACA Service Partners Include:
Madison School and Community Recreation Program
Students developed and ran a Wacky Olympics at a local day camp for underprivileged children. Working with the staff, students created a variety of different educational and recreational stations to give the kids an exciting summer afternoon.
Family Centers, Inc.
Working to revitalize the playground to give local children a clean, safe and fun place to play, students made a significant difference for this nonprofit that works with Madison’s vulnerable children and families. In addition to the work on the playground, ACA students also engaged the children in a variety of educational games.
Middleton Village Senior Living Community
Students participated in a variety of recreational activities, including bingo, dominoes, card games and conversation with residents of MVSLC to help further the mission of helping seniors maintain their dignity and independence.
Second Harvest Food Pantry
Lending their energy in the fight to end hunger, ACA students took charge of organizing and distributing donated food, arranging household sized deliveries that could be better distributed to Madison’s deserving families.
Community Action Coalition (CAC)
Clothes Warehouse and Food Pantry Students used their shopping savvy to help local low-income residents find essential food at this center fighting to reduce poverty in the Madison area. ACA students also helped coordinate outfits and find hidden gems while organizing clothing for distribution.
Make-A-Wish Foundation & Pediatric Leukemia Fund
Taking initiative and putting their own touch on their service experience, students conducted on-campus bake sales and car washes to raise awareness and funds to support these two important organizations dedicated to improving the lives of terminally ill children.
Support Our Troops
Putting politics aside, ACA students rallied together and involved the local community to support soldiers serving overseas. They collected books, chocolates, phone cards, Wisconsin memorabilia and other items and then shipped them along with support letters to soldiers from Wisconsin serving in Afghanistan.
ACA partnered with this local low-income immigrant community to provide activities such as a water park day trip, landscaping community grounds, assisting with a youth soccer camp and contributing to a summer reading program.