For young people to become responsible and engaged in making the world a better place, they must be central to the process of change.

What distinguishes My Voice from most other approaches to service-learning is our focus on student choice. We begin by asking students, “Who are you?” and “What combination of gifts and talents makes you who you are?” Then we broaden the focus and ask, “What issues or problems affect you most? What do you notice about your community? What do you appreciate and value? What would you like to change?” The simple act of asking students, engaging them in the identification of a social issue, has power. The conversation ignites motivation.