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Serve Communities

Civic Education Project

Learning Through Service

Service-learning opportunities inspire young people to become active, engaged citizens. Students are challenged to learn in new ways while building their intellectual capacity, leadership skills, and potential to make change. Learn more about the service activities CEP students engage in during programs.

All in-person service-learning projects will adhere to CTD and Northwestern University COVID-19 safety protocols, in support of CDC guidelines; see details here.

See CEP Students in Action!

Direct Service

Meet the needs of individuals and communities around issues of hunger, homelessness, or education

Serve lunch at Olive Branch Mission, an organization that addresses poverty for families and youth through housing and food security.

Facilitate academic activities and games for school aged children at Centro Romero. Learn about the educational and legal services the organization provides to immigrant and refugee communities.


Learn how to change a policy or law through service

Visit LIFT, an organization that advocates for housing, education, and employment opportunities for local residents, and support their voter registration initiative.

Meet with Heartland Alliance and assist their policy department with an outreach project, distributing flyers and collecting signatures.

Approaches to Change

Examine diverse ways of making change and creating solutions

Work in the Campbell Co-op Community Garden to learn about food deserts and efforts to use urban gardening to restore community and increase access to healthy food.

Meet the Illinois Safe School Alliance to learn about their youth centered policy and advocacy work.


“I learned that service can change not just the other person’s life, but yours as well.”  – CEP Student

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