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					 “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the
                                    world.” Anne Frank
    Prejudice Service Learning Opportunity
      UnitIn conjunction with Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird & A Raisin in the Sun
     To learn more about the prejudices and stereotypes that exist within our own society,
     To explore prejudices and stereotypes that you as a student may hold,
     To work with a group in our society that often experiences the negative effects of
      prejudice and stereotyping in a way that you are able to both serve the community in
      a positive way and learn from this experience.

   Service Hours/Verification: Complete a minimum of six hours of community service for
    an agency or organization that deals with the group you have chosen. Choose a group,
    which serves people who experience prejudice in some way. This might mean helping
    to serve dinner in a soup kitchen, reading or talking to an elderly person in a retirement
    home, assisting with games and crafts for children at a children’s shelter, tutoring a
    learning disabled student, assisting athletes at the Special Olympics, helping out at a
    children’s hospital, etc. Feel free to come up with your own ideas –but you must find
    projects working with people rather than paperwork, as this is how you will really be able
    to learn more about your selected group. I will provide you with a list of possible
    agencies and help you to find placements, but start looking and thinking about this now,
    as last minute placements may be hard to find. Included in this packet is a project form
    that will need to be signed by your supervisor to verify your service.
    DUE_______________________ (with your reflective essay). 60 points possible (10
    points per hour and up to 10 points of extra credit-2 points per hour up to 5 hours extra)-
    essay category.

   Reflective Essay: Write a reflective essay about your experiences. Detail your thoughts
    and feelings going into the assignment, describe the actual service project(s) you
    completed and the people with whom you worked, and explain how and why your
    thoughts and feelings have changed and/or remained the same. This essay should be a
    minimum of three pages. See the attached writing assignment for more details.
    DUE_______________________. 140 points possible-essay category.

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    Prejudice Service Learning-Reflective Essay
      UnitIn conjunction with Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird & A Raisin in the Sun
As a culmination to our Service Learning Unit, you will be writing a reflective essay about
your experience while completing this project. The essay will be worth 140 points. Your
service verification forms must also be turned in with the essay and are worth another 60
points (10 points per hour). Be sure you have filled out the forms completely, and that they
have been signed by a supervisor.
Your essay and forms will be due on ___________________________. 200 Total Points Possible

Essay Requirements:
Paragraph #1: Your essay should begin by restating your thoughts and ideas going into this
project: what problems, prejudices, and stereotypes did you think your selected group
faced before beginning your research? Why did you choose this group?

Paragraph #2: Next, discuss what you learned in your research articles. What are some of
the concerns or issues facing your group? Did this surprise you? What do you think can be
done to help improve conditions for your group?

Paragraph #3: Now discuss what you actually did to help your group. Do you think this
kind of service or assistance can make a significant difference for your group? Why or why
not? Is there something else you would have liked to do, but were unable to do for some
reason? Explain. How do you think more people might be encouraged to serve this group
or others in the community through volunteer efforts?

Paragraph #4: Finally, discuss what you learned through this service project. How did you
feel while doing it? What thoughts, ideas, or questions went through your mind? Did it seem
that the stereotypes you had heard were confirmed or negated in those with whom you
come into contact? Explain. Do you think this is an experience that more students should
have? Why or why not? What suggestions do you have for how this project/experience
might be improved?

Your essay should be approximately three pages typed, double-spaces, and in MLA Format.
You may subdivide the sections of your essay if this helps you to organize your thoughts.

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                        Service Organizations
*NOTE: Not all of these organizations will apply for the QUEST Project. Be sure that you are working directly with people that will
benefit from your services.

Disability Services
Books Aloud: Joyce Meurer, Executive Director;
Opportunities at Books Aloud vary greatly based on the skill set of the volunteer. We are especially
looking for volunteers to duplicate our master tapes. Also, we are looking for volunteers knowledgeable
in website maintenance, newsletter publication, and laminating.
Children’s Recovery Center: #558-3640
Children’s Recovery Center provides services for medically fragile and technology dependent children.
Volunteers are needed to be cuddlers and to spend time with the children.
Lion’s Blind Center of Santa Clara Valley: #295-4016
Lion’s Blind Center of Santa Clara Valley provides information and referrals, living skills programs,
counseling and classes for visually impaired or blind adults in Santa Clara County. Volunteers are needed
to help with office work, classes and general meetings.
March of Dimes: Noel Duan, #476.3554 or
The South Bay March of Dimes Chain Reaction Leadership Council is a group of bay area high-school
students who display strong leadership skills, commitment to community service, and interest in the
mission of the March of Dimes. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by
preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Muscular Dystrophy Association: #423-9345
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a voluntary national health agency and a dedicated partnership
between scientists and concerned citizens aimed at conquering Neuromuscular diseases that affect more
than a million Americans. We need volunteers who will help with anything from office work
to our fundraising events.
Special Olympics - Silicon Valley Division: Lacey, #392-0170 x.204
Special Olympics provides FREE year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type
sports for people eight years of age and older with developmental disabilities. Our programs give our
athletes continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and
participate in the sharing of gifts, skill, and friendship with their families, other athletes and the
community. Special Olympics is always looking for volunteers to help coach our athletes in Santa Clara
County and to help with the Spring Track & Field event.

Food and Meal Programs
Live Oak Senior Nutrition & Service Center: Deborah Kranefuss, #354-0707 (See Senior Services)
Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen: #934-4990
Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen provides no-cost hot meals five days a week at two locations to those
in need. Volunteers are needed to help prepare meals, serve food and drinks, and clean up after meals.
Sacred Heart Community Service Center: Brian McCullough, Social Justice Educator;;
Sacred Heart Community Service is a non-denominational organization based in San Jose with a vision of
a community united to ensure that every child and adult is free from poverty. Its mission is to change lives
and impact poverty by providing essential services, offering tools for self-sufficiency, and ministering
with dignity, compassion and respect.
Second Harvest Food Bank: #266-8866

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Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties is a private nonprofit organization
that collects and distributes more than 27 million pounds of food each year to low income children, adults
and seniors. The Food Bank currently serves an average of 165,000 individuals each month; nearly 60%
are families with children. Volunteers are needed to help with food sorting and bagging.
Health & Hospitals
Alzheimer’s Association: (831)464-9982
The Alzheimer’s Association helps to provide information about research find treatments cures for
Alzheimer’s disease. Volunteers are needed, both as walkers and helpers, for the group’s annual public
awareness event, the Memory Walk, that will be held on October 6 on Treasure Island.
American Cancer Society: Maria Aviles #871-1062 (option 3) ext. 115
American Cancer Society provides education and services to cancer patients and their families.
Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of services to the patients.
American Diabetes Association: #241-1922 x7469,
The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing
diabetes research, information, and advocacy. We need volunteers for the San Jose Walk for Diabetes.
The walk is called Step Out to Fight Diabetes. Visit us at or call 1-800-DIABETES.
American Heart Association: Miki Masuda, #907-6365,
Our mission here at the American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular
diseases and stroke. Some volunteer needs include Office/Clerical, representing the AHA at health fairs
or assisting with various annual events.
Columbia Good Samaritan Hospital: #559-2345
Columbia Good Samaritan Hospital provides assistance to hospitals in 23 service areas. Volunteers are
needed to help at the information desk and be patient escorts. Volunteers also assist with clerical duties,
the gift shop, patient services, flower arranging and delivery, and visiting.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society: #271-8326,
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and
myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Volunteers are needed to help
with office work, including marketing, mass mailing, and other customer service type roles. Also, through
a program called Team in Training, students can train for a major sporting event like a marathon or cycle
race in exchange for raising money for the Society. In another program called Pennies for Patients,
schools compete to collect coins for cancer research.
Los Gatos Community Hospital Auxiliary: Paula Whetstone, Phone #867-5243
Community Hospital is a full-service, 175-bed hospital. It offers a wide range of services and programs.
The Auxiliary provides support services to the hospital in the form of clerical help, running in-hospital
errands, assisting ward clerks, and staffing gift shops. Volunteers must make a weekly commitment.
March of Dimes: #260-7629
March of Dimes is an organization that helps prevent birth defects through community education, public
affairs, local grants, and support of medical research. Volunteers are needed to help with fundraisers,
special events (such as the annual walk-a-thon), and clerical work.
San Jose Chapter of Project Linus: Sharon Lee, Coordinator; (408)252-1858;
Project Linus provides gifts of handmade blankets lovingly made by volunteers to children ages 0-18 in
our local area who are seriously ill or in other trauma - to help lend comfort and support when they need it

Housing & Shelters
City Team Ministries: #232-5600
City Team is a non-profit organization that offers help to people in need. They operate a Rescue Mission,
a recovery program, a camp, a family outreach program, and an individual outreach program. There are
many volunteer opportunities available to work for the benefit of the homeless, the poor, and the
disadvantaged. Much help is needed in sorting and organizing donated furniture and clothing.
EHC LifeBuilders: #539-2100;

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EHC LifeBuilders is the largest provider of shelter, housing opportunities, and supportive services to
people in crisis and those experiencing homelessness in Santa Clara County. Volunteers are needed to
tutor a child, serve a meal, work on a special project, or other volunteer opportunities. 13-15 year-olds
must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Inn Vision: #292-4286
InnVision offers various levels of housing and day programs for homeless families and individuals in a
safe and supportive environment that promotes self-worth and independent living. Volunteers are needed
in the areas of food service, maintenance, tutoring, computer labs and more.
Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley: Beth Ackerman, Americorps Coordinator; 408-578-9519
Our organization specializes in providing free home repairs to low-income seniors and disabled people.
We are looking for volunteers of all skill levels to help paint, clean up, and rebuild homes in October and
April and to help year round with office and warehouse projects like organizing tools and supplies, filing,
database entry, mailings, etc.
San Jose Family Shelter: Susan Webster, #926-8885 x.106,
The San Jose Family Shelter is the only shelter in Santa Clara County that houses intact families. We
provide vital services to the hundreds of families who seek help each year. Volunteers make a big
difference helping with meals, day care, the clothes closet, and the homework program.

Human Services
American Red Cross: Roy Shackel, Club Outreach Coordinator; (408) 577-2067;
The American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter is a non-profit, humanitarian organization that depends
on the generous contributions of time and money from Santa Clara County residents and companies to
provide services and programs that help our community prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.
Bill Wilson Center: Volunteer Manager, #850-6138,
Bill Wilson Center has been providing services to youth and their families for over 30 years. Bill Wilson
Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities including the opportunity to help promote the 24/7 Line, a
health, relationship, crisis, and information referral line for teens.
Catholic Charities: #325-5129
Catholic Charities has 31 programs that support the at-risk population in Santa Clara County. We assist
the elderly; work with abused, neglected, and at-risk youth; help the mentally ill, substance abusers, and
developmentally disabled to recover their lives; aid the homeless; welcome the stranger to our shores; and
provide nutritious meals to the hungry.
Child Quest International: Anthony Gonzales, #287-4673,
Child Quest is a non-profit organization, devoted to the prevention, protection and recovery of missing,
exploited and runaway children, and the generosity of our donors and volunteers allows us to continue to
provide our services free of charge to victims and their families. We rely on volunteers in many ways,
from assisting us in the office to working with our community. Because of the sensitive nature of the
services we provide, we collect fingerprints and conduct a criminal background check –no fee to
applicants- of all Child Quest volunteer and staff.
City Year San José/Silicon Valley: #907.6523;
City Heroes is a program for High Schoolers all across Santa Clara County. This program will give you
the tools to learn about issues in our community and then give you the opportunity to do something about
it! For more information Happy Dragon Thrift Shop: Collette Lynner, Membership Chair; 408-354-
The purpose of the Happy Dragon Thrift Shop is to provide financial assistance to EMQ (Eastfield Ming
Quong) Children and Family Services. It helps children recover from issues such as severe depression,
thoughts of suicide, and drug abuse and works towards keeping families together.
Los Gatos Discovery Shop: Theresa,
The Discovery Shop, owned and operated by the American Cancer Society, is a resale shop where
donations of goods are received from our community, priced, and sold to raise money for the ACS.

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SafeRides: Steve or Judy Glickman, #354-4506
Saferides provides free and confidential rides to teens who need a safe ride home on Friday and Saturday
nights from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Volunteers go out as driver-navigator teams or answer the phone as
dispatchers. Drivers use their own vehicles. You don’t have to be a driver to be a volunteer.

Senior Services
Assisteens: Kristine Burke; Assisteens Coordinator; (408) 356-8106;
Assisteens, an auxiliary of the Assistance League® of Los Gatos-Saratoga, is a teen-led organization
whose mission is to develop leadership through community service. Our programs benefit local children,
seniors and families and are planned and carried out by the teens.
Grace Adult Day Health Care: Suzanne Khaghani, CFO, #731-8687,
Live Oak Adult Day Services: Mary Kelley, Program Director; (408) 354-4782;
Live Oak Adult Day Services provides a great place for love ones to enjoy their day in a social
atmosphere. Our services create a great opportunity for socializing, games, music, crafts, dancing, and
exercise. Each day we provide breakfast and a hot nutritious lunch.
Live Oak Senior Nutrition & Service Center: #354-0707
The Lunch Spot at Live Oak Senior Nutrition and Service Center needs student volunteers to help serve
beverages in the dining room and chat with seniors. Also needed are students to develop a 20-minute
entertainment program to be done before the noon meal or special independent projects to be determined.
Los Gatos Meadows: Volunteer Coordinator, #354-0243
Los Gatos Meadows is a Life Care Retirement Community offering independent living with a
comprehensive array of services, including medical care and on-site nursing services. Volunteers are
needed to help with programs, activities, and visiting residents.
Los Gatos Seniors Program: Linda Gallo, #354-2360
Los Gatos Seniors Program promotes different classes and workshops, and also conducts a Wednesday
program when individuals come to play table games, hear lectures on relevant topics, and enjoy
entertainment. Volunteers are needed to help with office work, scrapbooks, interviews, a monthly
newsletter, and computer work.
The Terraces of Los Gatos: Activity Director, #356-1006
The Terraces of Los Gatos provides retirement housing for seniors. Volunteers, who must first attend an
Orientation, are needed to work in the Assisted Living and Health Centers and the business office with
activities and clerical duties.

Special Events
Community Against Substance Abuse (CASA): Toni Ditzler;
CASA is an alliance of parents, community organizations, school and local government leaders whose
mission is to foster healthy lifestyle choices that help young resist alcohol and drugs. Volunteers are
needed to help with activities such as Red Ribbon Week and the annual CASA Fashion Show.
City Year San Jose/Silicon Valley: (see Human Services).
Volunteers are needed to help with special events like Serve-a-thon, Martin Luther King Day, Young
Heroes, and Spring Camps.
The Eric Drew Foundation: Brenda Kashuba; 873-8483;
The Eric Drew Foundation's annual Los Gatos event, the "Trek 4 Treatments" raises funds and awareness
to help seriously ill patients get the treatments they need. The EDF needs volunteers to help with the trek,
which is a walk along the Los Gatos Creek Trail from Oak Meadow Park and includes a BBQ lunch,
music and fun for the family.

Tutoring and Education
San Jose Family Shelter: #926-8885 x106,
The San Jose Family Shelter is the only shelter in Santa Clara County that houses intact families. We rely
on the generosity of the community to provide vital services to the hundreds of families who seek help

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each year. Individual volunteers make a big difference helping with meals, day care, the clothes closet,
and the homework program.

Youth and Childcare:
A Place for Teens (The Venue): Mike Loya, #395-5553; Susan Kahng, #250-0405
Located behind LGHS, “The Venue” is a nonprofit organization run by teens and adults. The center
offers social, educational, and recreational activities for junior high and high school students from the
West Valley area. Volunteers are needed to serve on the Board, help plan activities, and work at the
Girl Scouts of America: Melanie Cervi; #358-6568;
“You’re thinking cookies, I’m thinking CEO.” Girl Scouts of America trains girls to be leaders and builds
their skills in a number of areas.
InnVision’s Georgia Travis Center: #292-4286
The Georgia Travis Center provides information, referrals, support services, and workshops to homeless
women with and without children. Volunteers are needed as child care aides and computer instructors.
March of Dimes Chain Reaction Leadership Council: Noel Duan, #476.3554 or
The South Bay March of Dimes Chain Reaction Leadership Council is a group of bay area high-school
students who display strong leadership skills, commitment to community service, and interest in the
mission of the March of Dimes. The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by
preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
Sunday Friends: Lys House, Program Manager, #793.0441 or
Sunday Friends meets on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month at Lowell Elementary School in
downtown San Jose. Volunteers work with very low income children and families to develop the skills
and attitudes needed to break the generational cycle of poverty. Through activities such as cooking,
serving meals, gardening, writing letters to donors, or making cards for nursing home residents, families
practice positive life skills that promote self-reliance and a healthy, productive lifestyle. Spanish speaking
students are especially needed. Volunteers must complete an online orientation at
YMCA Camp Campbell: #831-338-8829,
Volunteer as a Cabin Leader through Campbell Campbell’s Outdoor Science School! Cabin Leaders
spend one week mentoring a group of 5th or 6th grade students in a cabin setting. Duties include: having
fun with a group of 8-12 kids, being a positive role model, and enjoying a week in the Redwoods!
Youth Science Institute: #867-6940
The Youth Science Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing and enriching the science
education in schools and the community. We have volunteer positions for students interested in working
with children as a teacher's aide, helping the curator with animal care, and maintaining trails.

Keep in mind that volunteer coordinators for service agencies change frequently. If you cannot get
through to the person listed, call the agency’s general number to contact the current Volunteer

Contact Mrs. McQuade, LGHS Service Coordinator, in Room 31 for more information about volunteer

 Contact Mrs. Rector in the Career Center for the needed forms to record and verify community service
hours. Students who complete 100 hours of service during their four years at Los Gatos High School can
get their service noted on their transcripts.

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                              Service Learning Project
                                 Verification Form
                                    Comp/Lit 9



 Name of Service Organization:


 Address: ______________________________________________________________

 Phone Number:


 Name/Position of Project Supervisor:
Description of Service Project (explain briefly what you did and how this related to your
selected group).

 Date Project Completed:


 Number of Hours Served:

I verify that the above information is accurate, and that this project was completed in the
manner and time frame specified.

Student Signature:__________________________________________________ Date:

Supervisor Signature: _______________________________________________ Date:

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**NOTE: This form must be submitted with a signature on or before the due date to receive credit for
                                      the hours served**

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