Important Dates

  • August 2016 - Applicants and principals will receive a Status of Application letter. Approved schools will receive a service learning award check on September 13, 2016 at the Service Learning Event.
  • August 2016 - Brown Foundation Service Learning Application will be available online for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • September 13, 2016 - Service Learning Event and award presentation for all 2016-2017 funded schools at the Ponchartrain Center.
  • September 13, 2016 - Special Award to the principals of participating service learning schools will be presented at the Service Learning Event.
  • October 3, 2016 - Details released: Brown Foundation sponsored, educational field trips to The Audubon Institute and The National WWII Museum.
  • October 3, 2016 - March 31, 2017 - Service Learning Award applications are accepted for the 2017-2018 school year.
  • October 3, 2016 - March 31, 2017 - Theme and Logo Contest entries for students grades K-11 are accepted.
  • January 16, 2017 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 14, 2017 - Final day to submit a draft service learning application.
  • February 28, 2017 - Mardi Gras
  • March 31, 2017 - Theme and Logo Contest for students grades K-11 final due date.
  • March 31, 2017 - Service Learning Award application final due date. The first 10 “Early Birds” (teachers) submitting an approved service learning application prior to March 31, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year will receive a gift card at the Fall 2017 Service Learning Event. 
  • March 22-25, 2017 - National Youth Leadership Council's National Service-Learning Conference
  • April 21-23, 2017 - Global Youth Service Days – see for additional information.
  • April 23-29, 2017 - National Volunteer Week
  • April 28, 2017 - Student reflections and a final Expenditure Report are due for all 2016-2017 service learning award recipients. See Service Learning Expenditure, Evaluation and Reflection Report for form.
  • April 28, 2017 - Special Award to Principal report due.
  • May 15, 2017  - Theme and Logo Contest winner will be notified.
  • August 2017 - Brown Foundation Service Learning Application will be available online for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • August 2017 - Applicants and principals will receive a Status of Application letter for 2017-2018 school year. Approved schools will receive a service learning award check on September 12, 2017 at the Service Learning Event.
  • September 11, 2017 - National Day of Service and Remembrance -
  • September 12, 2017 -  Service Learning Event - Award checks are presented at the Ponchartrain Center for the 2017-2018 school year.

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The Brown Foundation Service Learning Program sponsors an annual contest for students, grades K-11. See below for more details on participating!

Winner Spotlight

The 2016 - 2017 Theme and Logo Contest winner is Tram Doan, a senior at Academy of Our Lady in Jefferson Parish.

  • Congratulations, Tram!

Past Themes and Winning Designs

Past Themes and winning designs: “Serving Others While Learning Ourselves,” “Open the Door to Service Learning,” "A World of Learning through Service," “Get On Board with Service Learning,” “Fleur’ish with Service Learning," and "Dive Into Service Learning."

Each year, the Brown Foundation Service Learning Program features a service learning Theme and Logo at its annual Service Learning Event. Students in grades K-11 can create their own theme and draw a picture (logo) to accompany the words. The theme represents what service learning means to the student, and each year we offer an opportunity to students to express that meaning. The phrase can be original or given, but all artwork is to be designed by our local, participating students. Please be sure to include the words, "The Brown Foundation" in the work of art. Teachers will enter students’ Theme and Logo artwork, and the winning designs will be recognized at the following Service Learning Event. The artwork may be featured on note cards, invitations, service learning binders, and t-shirts. Teachers are encouraged to promote the contest to students. Students may create original artwork and use the word-theme "serving others while learning ourselves" or create their own word theme to match their art design.

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Guidelines and Artwork Sample for the Theme and Logo Contest

Who is eligible to enter?
Students in grades K-11 who have participated in a Brown Foundation Service Learning plan are eligible to enter the Theme and Logo Contest.  The Brown Foundation Service Learning Program selects a new Theme and Logo each year.  The design may be featured on note cards and invitations to the annual Service Learning Event, on give-a-ways such as t-shirts and tote bags, and on the cover of service learning binders distributed to over 400 teachers.

Theme Guidelines
Students in grades K-11 may create their own word theme and draw a picture (logo) to accompany the words.

The theme must represent what service learning means to its participant. The phrase can be original or students can create art work to go with the given theme of “Serving Others While Learning Ourselves.”

The Artwork Guidelines

  1. All artwork is to be designed by our local, participating students.
  2. The words, “The Brown Foundation” as well as “Service Learning” must be included in in the art work.
  3. The artwork must have a border around it with at least a half inch margin outside of the border.
  4. The artwork must be on an 8.5“ X 11” sheet of paper in “portrait” or “landscape” mode.

Art Materials
The artwork will be photocopied and scanned.

Please use art materials with vibrant, intense colors that produce a saturated composition.

Pencil and light crayons do not reproduce well.

Identification of the Artwork
Place the name of student, grade, school, and teacher’s name on the back of the entry.

How to Submit Entries
Submit entries for 2017-2018 Theme and Logo Contest between October 3, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

Mail to The Brown Foundation Service Learning Program, 320 Metairie Hammond Highway, Suite 502, Metairie, LA 70005

Notification of Winner
Winner will be notified by May 15, 2017.

Artwork Sample

Example Work

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The annual Service Learning Event held in September is sponsored by The Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation. It is a service learning kick-off to the school year! Principals, teachers and students from schools receiving a service learning award are invited to attend the event. Treats, lunch and award checks are presented to approved schools. Service partner organizations such as the Cancer Association of Greater New Orleans, The National WWII Museum, YRNO (Youth Rebuilding New Orleans), LSU Coastal Roots, Fast Food Farm, The Woodlands Conservancy, Ronald McDonald House, STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading), The Nature Conservancy and others offer hands-on activities and educational service opportunities for youth.

All schools in the parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington may apply for service learning funds for the 2017-2018 school year. We encourage you to attend a service learning workshop or request a service learning binder. The application for the 2017-2018 school year will be online in the Forms section of this site and may be submitted October 3, 2016 - March 31, 2017. Please contact us for additional information.


Highlights from September 13, 2016 Service Learning Event

Cadet Major Cassandra Herlache led the Junior ROTC Corps of Cadets from Destrehan High School in opening the brief program with presentation of Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance. Santrell Perdue, a senior from Edna Karr High School sang the Star Spangled Banner.

The keynote speakers were Madison Smither and Ilaria Simeone, seniors at Ben Franklin High School. They co-founded From Student to Scientist as a way to help their fellow students find a topic they were passionate about for independent research projects.  Now, through service learning, they are using their knowledge and passion for science to offer workshops to teach younger students science facts with the end goal of helping them find their passion in the experiences.

Student winner of the Theme and Logo Contest, Tram Doan, a senior from Academy of Our Lady was recognized during the program. Rachael Royerre and Antonio Orihuela, eighth graders from St. Paul’s Episcopal School, served as emcees and announced the names of the teachers who were Early Bird Prize Winners for being the first to submit their service learning applications:

  1. Gwen Johnson – Our Lady of Prompt Succor School
  2. Lindi Senez, Jessica Janneck-Davis, and Zoe Glick – Chalmette High School
  3. Charlotte Rizzo –St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School
  4. Sharon Campbell – St. Benedict the Moor School
  5. Rachael Schexnayder – St. James Parish Career and Technology Center
  6. Cynthia Gabb – Chalmette High School
  7. Kathleen Murphy – St. Anthony School
  8. Donna Broussard and Jasper Vinnett – Hahnville High School
  9. Robin Hartdegen, Kelly LeBourgeois, Erin Schellhaas – St. Ann School
  10. Kelly Bates and Rob Adoue – St. Francis Xavier School
  11. Thomas Peters – Fifth Ward Junior High School
  12. Peggy LeBlanc – Harahan Elementary School
  13. Cindy Sprague – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
  14. Mary-Elaine Bernard – Mandeville Junior High School


Erin Genrich from The Green Project, one of the more than 50 cause agencies that staffed a table at the Service Learning Event, has several students using the recycling trivia wheel.  Upon spinning the wheel students might be asked to explain a paint idiom like “he really painted himself into a corner” or invent a new paint name for a color on the wheel.  Attendees also learned that The Green Project collects unused paint and recycles it.


Students in Mrs. Unger’s gifted English class advocate literacy by visiting local elementary and middle schools in St. Charles Parish. Each student chooses a topic to teach the class, using a poetry, non-fiction, and fiction book. Students create a lesson plan that includes a related activity and PowerPoint presentation. The books are given to the classes to encourage continued learning.  Here Hahnville High students [from left to right] Britney Hatfield, Antonia Mar, and Camryn Mikesell share their plan at the Service Learning Event.


Kaeli Nichols from Audubon Nature Institute’s Wetland Express is showing Lafitte, a speckled kingsnake, to Abby Falcon, Logan Boutte, Addisyn Matthews, and Leah Johnson from Christian Brothers School – St. Anthony Campus.  While Lafitte is one of the native species located in Louisiana’s wetlands, Kaeli also shared lots of information on invasive species such as nutrias and how they positively and negatively impact the environment. 

The students’ service learning plan includes becoming acquainted with two partners. Through a series of visits the second graders will develop friendships with the seniors at Vista Shores Assisted Living.  Together they will make blankets for the ill children at Ronald McDonald House.


Team members from the Culinary Arts and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration programs at the St. Charles Parish Satellite Center learn and practice the art of world class service and preparing fine dining fare. Industry professionals from the greater New Orleans area help the team members gain a strong foundation in these skills. The team members share their newfound talent and skills by serving the homeless population of Ozanam Inn.  Here two team members (left to right) Trey Johnson and Raegan Dupre talk with Shanda Smith from Ozanam Inn.


Inspired by the scrapping efforts of students during World War II, Get in the Scrap! is a national service learning project about recycling and energy conservation for students in grades 4-8. Shelbie Johnson (middle) and Chrissy Gregg (right) from the National World War II Museum share with attendees how students have the power to affect positive change on the environment, much like students 70 years ago played a positive role on the Home Front in securing victory in WWII. Find out more and sign up at

Belle Chasse High School students (left to right) Makaylyn Helms, Randi Ancar, and Stephanie Chelette showcased their service learning program "Our Heroes, Our Veterans" that honors local veterans.  The “Uncle Sams” encouraged participants to write a thank you letter to veterans.  Attendees could also play a WWII trivia game.

(From left to right) Dr. James Guenther, Mr. Phil Denette, and Dr. Rebecca Sanchez shared information about Delgado’s iGEM project (1) and the “Summer STEM Challenges Program” (2) with the teachers and students.

  1. The new iGEM team is sponsored by our recent National Science Foundation award.  The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Competition began as independent study course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and quickly morphed into the large international competition representing over 280 teams from more than 30 countries.  Each year, teams compete to engineer living cells using the new field of synthetic biology and then travel to the competition event at MIT in the fall.  Since its beginning, several iGEM projects have produced new products, patents, and research directions, providing new opportunities for the participating students.
  2. Since 2014 Delgado Community College has hosted the “Summer STEM Challenges program” for local high school and middle school students.  Originally started as a way to introduce young scientists to the opportunities available through the new Science Laboratory Technology (SLT) concentration in biotechnology, this program has morphed into its own separate entity with strong ties to the local community.  Each summer this program is constantly evolving with new and fresh topics brought on board by the diverse group of faculty at Delgado Community College


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