UMKC Service-Learning, part of the Institute for Human Development, is continuing the efforts of Students in the City, and bringing it into a new realm with the Serve 2 Learn project management system.
The Students in the City program was the lead program of the Center for the City, which focused on urban mission work, university-wide. The urban mission focus of the Center for the City and academic service-learning is currently the charge of the executive director of IHD. Because service-learning is still a part of many courses and co-curricular programs, IHD has sustained it by contributing leadership and staff time to supporting it across UMKC.
In 2003, the Corporation for National and Community Service Learn and Serve America awarded UMKC a three-year grant to formally implement and support service-learning including staffing and a faculty fellows mini-grant program. This increased capacity to support quality service-learning, catalyzed by the Learn and Serve grant resulted in tremendous program growth. While UMKC service-learning met, and in some instances exceeded, the performance measures agreed upon by the Learn and Serve grant office, the grant was not renewed at the end of three years. UMKC Service-Learning is currently seeking funding to reinvigorate and renew service-learning at UMKC.