LearnServe equips DC-area middle and high school students with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to tackle our worlds pressing social challenges. LearnServe Fellows design and launch their own social ventures to benefit their schools and communities, growing into resilient and empathetic leaders. The most promising ideas receive additional training and compete for seed funding to maximize their impact in the LearnServe Incubator. In-school programming incorporates social entrepreneurship into the classroom, providing teachers with specialized curricula, materials, volunteers, and more. Students gain global experience by connecting with young social entrepreneurs in Zambia and Paraguay, in addition to implementing volunteer projects alongside local leaders in summer learning trips abroad. Since 2003, more than 2,000 students from diverse backgrounds have designed, pitched, and launched new social ventures. Put young people in the driver's seat and trust them to change our world for the better.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 3

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church; Internationally; Jamaica; Paraguay; Zambia

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Students

Schools They Work In: DC Public and Charter Schools:; Ballou High School; Benjamin Banneker Academic Senior High School; Columbia Heights Education Campus – Bell Multicultural High School; Luke C. Moore Academy; McKinley Tech; Roosevelt High School; School Without Walls; Woodrow Wilson Senior High School; Capital City Public Charter School; Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy – Capitol Hill Campus; Cesar Chavez Public Charter School for Public Policy – Parkside Campus; E. L. Haynes; Friendship Collegiate; Friendship Tech Prep; Perry Street Prep; SEED Public Charter School; Thurgood Marshall Academy; Prince George's County Public Schools:; Central High School; Northwestern High School; Parkdale High School; Montgomery County Public High Schools:; Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School; Montgomery Blair High School; Richard Montgomery High School; Rockville High School; Wheaton High School; Winston Churchill High School; Fairfax County Public Schools:; Annandale High School; Falls Church High School; J.E.B. Stuart High School; McLean High School; Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology; W. T. Woodson High School; Independent Schools;; Bullis School; Edmund Burke; Elizabeth Seton; Field School; French International School; Georgetown Day School; Maret School; The Potomac School; Sandy Spring Friends School; Sidwell Friends School; St. Andrews Episcopal School; Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart; Washington International School

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for LearnServe International is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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