Service Learning


Service Learning is a high school program that introduces concepts of empowerment and community service to high school students through hands-on engagement. Our program focuses on inter-generational community service. High school students will learn how to identify, assess, and address community needs.

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About Our Program

Kizuna's Service Learning Program provides something special for students and adults. Our program introduces concepts of empowerment and community engagement to high school students through hands-on service, and provides older adults with technology education and provides a space for the sharing of important experiences, values, and history to the next generation.

High School Students

Our program focuses on inter-generational community service in partnership with Keiro. High school students will learn how to identify, assess, and address community needs. This year, students will work closely with older adults and share with them how to use mobile applications for transportation. Students will learn how to create the most impact within their communities.

Program Cost

$185 per student.

*Cost applies to high school participants (not older adults)

Older Adults

Service Learning is a 10-week class for learning how to use Uber, a convenient and safe  mobile application that allows you to hire a private driver to get to your desired destination. Participants will be paired with high school students who will provide assistance and accompany participants on two text drives. Additionally, adult participants will have the opportunity to share important stories and lessons about the Japanese American culture and history.

Free Program

Kizuna's Service Learning program is free for older adult participants!


Project Kokoro, Orange County Buddhist Church
UCLA Aratani C.A.R.E.

INteractive Learning

For those who have experienced our workshops before know that we use a highly interactive teaching methodology focusing on student engagement.

Location & Dates

Orange County

Seminar Locations:

  • Orange County Buddhist Church
  • 909 S Dale Avenue
  • Anaheim, CA 92804

General Timeframe:

Saturday Mornings
9:00am - 12:30pm

Program Dates:

  • Session 1: October 7, 2017*
  • Session 2: October 14, 2017
  • Session 3: October 21, 2017
  • Session 4: October 28, 2017
  • Session 5: November 4, 2017*
  • Session 6: November 11, 2017
  • Session 7: November 18, 2017
  • Session 8: December 2, 2017
  • Session 9: December 9, 2017
  • Closing: December 16, 2017*

*Dates with an asterisk will not be located at OCBC. Notification of location for these dates will be sent out in advance.
*No refunds: fees will not be returned after received.

Site Specific Curriculum

Our curriculum differs by site to best serve the needs of the geographic location. Students will be working with older adult groups that have pioneered and built the centers, organizations, and spaces in which students get to participate in and enjoy. Students will learn more about the leaders and members who are a part of these organizations, and the same older adults will get to share and learn from the students in their community.

Program Methodology

Service Learning focuses on growth & development through the assessment, planning, and implementation of a service project. By taking action on a critical community need, students will feel empowered to be change makers in our community.


Students will learn how to critically analyze the needs of a community by performing needs assessments with members of the community. By interacting directly with the population being served, students will gain a greater understanding of how to plan a project with the biggest impact. Students will also get to assess how their actions create lasting impact.


After assessing community needs, and understanding the importance of service learning, students will learn how to work with multiple generations, and communicate effectively with various age ranges. Students will plan and strategize the most effective ways to work with older adults, and ensure a successful learning experience. Older adults will work with students to plan their trips. This hands-on approach allows participants to understand all the aspects to their planned trips.


Students and older adults will take their trips together. In this way, no participant is alone. We grow community, and safety in our actual shopping trips, and cooking sessions. In addition to our theoretical planning and learning sessions, we use our action sessions to fully understand the curriculum.


Students and older adults will have the opportunity to reflect and evaluate their planning and action sessions to improve on any aspects of the journey. Additionally, reflective moments allow for more growth, and to go over any components of the curriculum that are not clear.

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