Workshops and Frequently Asked Questions

Workshops offered: October 16 - December 12, 2018

Attend a free, one-hour workshop to learn more about service learning and the application process. Select a date and RSVP by phone or email. Service Learning Applications will be accepted until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

DAY/DATE BEST FOR: TIME LOCATION ADDRESS
Tuesday, October 16 Beginners 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

East Bank Regional Library,
AV Conference Room (2nd Floor)

4747 West Napolean Avenue,
Metairie 70001

Wednesday, October 17 Beginners 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Plaquemines Parish Public Library

8442 Highway 23,
Belle Chasse 70037

Thursday, October 18 Beginners 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Brown Foundation Center,
Community Conference Room, Suite 514

320 Metairie Hammond Hwy,
Metairie 70005

Tuesday, October 23 Beginners 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New Orleans Museum of Art
(check-in front desk)

City Park, New Orleans 70124

Wednesday, October24 Beginners 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Jefferson Parish Public Schools
Administration Building

501 Manhattan Boulevard,
Harvey 70058

Thursday, October 25 Beginners 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Tangipahoa Public Library in Hammond 314 E. Thomas, Hammond 70401
Tuesday, October 30 Beginners 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. St. Tammany Parish Public Library
in Madisonville
1123 Main Street,
Madisonville 70447

Wednesday, November 7

Intermediate 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Brown Foundation Center,
Community Conference Room, Suite 514
320 Metairie Hammond Hwy,
Metairie 70005
Thursday, November 8 Beginners 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Slidell Branch Public Library
(Conference Room)
555 Robert Blvd., Slidell 70458
Tuesday, November 13 Intermediate 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Jefferson Parish Public Schools
Administration Building
501 Manhattan Boulevard,
Harvey 70058
Tuesday, November 27 Intermediate 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. New Orleans Museum of Art
(check-in front desk)
City Park, New Orleans 70124
Thursday, November 29 Beginners 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Rosa F. Keller Library - Meeting Room 4300 S. Broad Street,
New Orleans 70125
Tuesday, December 4 Advanced 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Brown Foundation Center,
Community Conference Room, Suite 514
320 Metairie Hammond Hwy,
Metairie 70005
Wednesday, December 5 Beginners 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Chalmette High 9th Grade Academy Library
(Lacoste Campus)

1101 East Judge Perez Drive,
Chalmette 70043

Thursday, December 6 Advanced 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Jefferson Parish Public Schools
Administration Building
501 Manhattan Boulevard,
Harvey 70058
Monday, December 10 Intermediate 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. East Bank Regional Library,
AV Conference Room (2nd Floor)
4747 West Napolean Avenue,
Metairie 70001

Wednesday, December 12

Beginners 3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. St. John Parish Public Library 2920 Highway 51, LaPlace 70068

Frequently Asked Questions by New Applicants:

Q: What if two teachers from the same school want to apply for service learning funds?
A: More than one teacher from the same school may apply, or the same teacher may submit more than one application.

Q: Are the funds very competitive?
A: No.  The awards are non-competitive. 

Q: I can’t make it to a workshop. Can I still apply for service learning funds?
A: Yes. Read all of the guidelines and request that a Service Learning booklet of information be mailed to you.

Q: Is there a maximum or minimum amount of money that I can request?
A: No.  The appropriate amount is determined by the needs and goals of the service learning plan.

Q: Can I use the funds to pay for a speaker or substitute teacher?
A: No.  Funds cannot be used to compensate teachers, guest speakers or trainers.

Q: When are checks awarded?
A: Checks are awarded at the Service Learning Event in September.

Q: Can awards be received to support plans that help causes in another country or other parts of the United States?
A: No. Guidelines state that plans must support a service partner in Louisiana or Mississippi.

Q: Can I purchase equipment for my school that will help me in carrying out the service learning plan?  For example, we could use a digital camera and laptop computer.
A: No.  Guidelines do not permit the purchase of equipment for the school.

Q: If I find that I did not request enough money to cover the expenses stated in my budget, can I request additional funds mid-year?
A: No.  Applicants are limited to the original approved award amount.

Q: Can I do the same service learning plan the second year?
A: Yes.  However, the application should not be submitted verbatim but reflect the growth and changes that occurred the first year.

Q: Can I send you a draft to see if I am on the right track?
A: Yes.  We will accept a draft of your application if submitted by 4:00 p.m. on March 15, 2019.  We will give you written feedback on your draft application.


Frequently Asked Questions of Returning Applicants:

Q: My plans have changed, do I need approval?
A: Yes.  Please submit a Changes Form.  It may be used to alert us of new information or to request a change in the approved application.

Q: If I do not spend all my money for the year that it was awarded, can I carry it over to the next school year?
A: No.  Money must be spent for the year it was awarded or returned to the Service Learning Program.  It will not impact the amount of money that you want to request the following year.

Q: Do I need to attend a workshop every year?
A: It is not required, but we are glad to have you participate.

Q: If we have money left over, can we give a check to the service partner?
A: No.  Awards cannot be made to an individual or the service partner.  Funds must be returned as stated in the Award Agreement Form signed by your principal.

Q: What is the best way to contact you?
A: You can call or email or we can meet in person – we are always glad to hear from you.