Picture a group of students storming a council meeting, except they aren’t there to protest—they’re there to run the meeting. One student, witnessing the needs of the elderly and handicapped in her community, creates a handyman organization. Another student, noticing a social gap between special needs students and others, creates a horticulture program and greenhouse garden curriculum to help forge new friendships.

Community outreach is important for students, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because service shows students how to apply their skills in the real world. Service diversifies our experience and makes us process information differently...

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  • About the Author:

    Kelli Neuman is the leadership development coordinator for the Texas Future Farmers of America (FFA), where she also served as the state vice president in 2011. The FFA connects STEM to the real world through hands-on projects that make classroom learning meaningful and applicable.

    Austin Large joined Texas FFA as an executive director in 2017. Prior to this, Large was an education specialist on the leadership development team with the national FFA organization and taught high school agriculture for four years in California.