Engaging students in any subject can be difficult, but requiring them to use the knowledge to provide services outside of the classroom can help students to see the real-world impact of the classroom materials. When done well, such Service Learning projects have added benefits for both the student and the teacher. The kind of volunteer work that students generally do with these projects is good for the soul and for the community at large.
However, successfully and safely implementing a service learning into your course can be challenging, so more and more universities are beginning to offer assistance to professors interested in requiring such projects. Below you will find a fantastic link to resources offered by Eastern Kentucky University. Their Office of Service Learning offers specialized training to professors who are interested in developing specially-designated service-learning courses at EKU, including, among others a link to Youth Service America and links to sample syllabi.