Service Learning

Service learning is a teaching methodology that integrates service projects with classroom learning. It offers students the unique opportunity to get involved in the community and connect what they learn in the classroom with real-life issues. By putting students in a setting where they work to meet the needs of the community, service learning promotes social responsibility, broadens the students’ perspectives, and also cultivates interpersonal and leadership skills

Student Requirement

Integrated within ALH’s regular academic curriculum are Service Learning opportunities in which the student body is required to participate. Each student at Albany Leadership is required to complete 90 hours of service learning prior to graduation.

Completing Service

ALH students are offered two options for completing their Service Learning requirements.

  • ALH Service Learning Program – Students are assigned to non-profit organizations in Albany from October through May, and perform community service two or more days a month during school hours. Each service learning session lasts between three to four hours. Students will be excused from school early to attend the program, and will be responsible for getting to their service sites on time. Students will be given bus passes if they do not already have one
  • Independent Projects – Work done for a non-profit organization during after-school hours or weekends or during school breaks. All independent projects need to be approved by the Service Learning Coordinator.


Partners in Service

  • Albany Community Charter School
  • Albany Barn
  • AIDS CouncilAlbany Free School
  • Albany Police Athletic League
  • Boys and Girls Club
  • Brighter Choice Elementary Schools
  • Capital District YMCA
  • Families Together
  • Girls Incorporated
  • Grand Street Community Arts Center
  • Hope 7
  • Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless
  • Montessori School
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness
  • Newgate Adult Day Program
  • NYS Museum
  • Prevent Child Abuse
  • Red Cross
  • Sister Maureen Joyce Center
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
  • St. Vincent’s Food Pantry
  • Trinity Alliance
  • Two Together