A major component of LOYAC’s strategy in preparing Jordanian youth for a more progressive, dynamic, and proactive role in the country’s future is its Community Service Program. Through this program, every student enrolled in LOYAC commits to 16 hours of required community service, which aims to foster a sense of civic duty that exposes youth to the personal growth, enormous benefits, rewards, and gratification that comes from “paying it forward” through philanthropic work, volunteerism, and community engagement.
The Community Service Program is structured to encourage each student to examine the needs of his or her community and to initiate a creative, proactive project that revives or nurtures some aspect of their community environment. The opportunity to serve their communities is most often met with incredible energy and creative projects that more deeply tie youth to the world around them. As importantly, community service translates the notion of citizenship into practice by showing how a little community engagement, volunteerism, and philanthropy can go such a long way to creating a better “local” world.