What is CSLP?

CSLP Serve Earn Learn

The Community Service-Learning Program (CSLP) provides an opportunity for undergrads to work with a community organization, such as a non-profit, while earning an additional credit towards graduation. It gives students the chance to get hands-on experience by going beyond what they are able to learn in a classroom while creating an impact in the DC community through service. 

Spring 2024 CSLP Registration

Registration Instruction

Step 1: Log in with your AU Credentials on GivePulse, our service-hours tracking tool. *We recommend opening the link below in a new tab, then returning to this page for Step 2 after you log into GivePulse*
Log in to GivePulse

Step 2: Register for the Fall 2024 CSLP cohort on GivePulse using the "register" button on the top right (once you've logged-in). Please fill out the registration by 3pm on Friday, September 6Register for CSLP Fall 2024

Step 3: Attend the orientation. You'll receive details via email as orientation approaches.

Step 4: Meet nonprofits shaping our city with the support of CBLR staff. Our Fall 2024 Nonprofit Showcase will be 9/4 from 12-2pm in the MGC Tavern. Brochure from Partner Fair 


CSLP provides an opportunity for students to do in-person and/or virtual service while earning credit towards graduation. It gives students the chance to serve the communities and causes they learn about in class, taking the learning process beyond the classroom. 

CSLP is right for you if ...

  • You are an undergraduate student currently enrolled in 12-16 credits (Reach out if you are over or under credits).
  • You want to increase your understanding of issues facing our community and how community organizations are responding to these issues.
  • You want to gain a deeper understanding of your coursework through real-world connections with the local community.

Spring 2024 Orientation Dates

Orientation will be hosted Wednesday 1/24/24 from 4:00-5:30pm in the Gianni Lounge (MGC 200). Make-up Oritentation is scheduled for Monday 1/29/24 from 4:00-5:30pm in the Gianni Lounge (MGC 200).

CSLP Program Requirements

Complete a 40-hour service-learning experience with a community partner of your choice! Connect your academic experience to hands-on work with DC nonprofits that make an impact across local communities.

Attend mandatory reflections including orientation, mid-semester reflection, and final reflection. Total reflection time is five hours. 

Complete 2 Peer Mentor check-Ins to ensure that you are on track with participant documentation, service hours, academic project, etc.

Attend 1 workshop of your choice about service-learning topics to be announced by CBL Coordinator.

Complete 1 academic reflection to be decided upon with professor and peer mentor.

Submit all hours onto GivePulse by hour log deadline. 

Confused? Email CBLR@american.edu with questions!


Non-Profit Directories

These directories are organized by issue area, and include the contact information and mission statements of local non-profits.

Non-Profit Directories

Guide to Connecting with Non-Profits

This guide outlines a strategy of how to reach out to prospective community partners, including an email template and phone call talking points.

Access Guide Here

CSLP WordPress Blog

Serve Earn Learn is the CSLP WordPress site where students in the Community Service-Learning Program reflect on their service experience. Learn more about students' experiences and the organizations they volunteer with here.

Serve Earn Learn