Returned Peace Corps
Volunteers of South Florida
Spirit of Service Learning Awards
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of South Florida, RPCVSF, is committed to building a better South Florida and to encouraging a new generation of informed and engaged citizens.  We believe that involving students in service-learning is a critically important approach to teaching and learning that will help create this new generation of citizens.

Curriculum-based service-learning is a teaching strategy that allows students to learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service in the community that is integrated into and enhances academic curriculum. Service-learning provides teachers and students with opportunities to select areas of interest connected to academic studies, do research, perform meaningful service, reflect on that service and demonstrate what they have learned. Service-learning programs increase student empowerment, ownership in outcomes, and commitment to meaningful civic engagement while building a better South Florida/global community.


RPCVSF, in partnership with co-sponsors Miami-Dade County Teacher of the Year Coalition and the Armando Alejandre Jr. Memorial Foundation, recognize and honor K - 12 and college/university educators each year for contributing to the integration of service into the curriculum and for making a commitment to connect students through service to help meet critical needs in the South Florida and/or global community. Cash awards are given to educators whose programs exemplify service-learning. In the past, the awards have ranged from $250 to $500.  To apply or nominate, please read the general overview and then follow the specific guidelines for K-12 and Higher Education. For more information, contact Josh Young (RPCV Mali 1984-86, Paraguay 1988-1990) at

For the Award Overview & Application
  Just Click on the Following Links

2019 Higher Education Winners and Finalists and

Spirit of Service Learning Committee

2017 SSL presentation.ppsx

2016 Award Winners and Finalists.pdf

2015 Award Winners and Finalists

2014 Award Winners and Finalists

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