About SLT

SLT is all about growing as a person and following your passions.

 The Service Learning Team (SLT) is a group of dedicated students from 7th to 12th grade and our facilitators Noor and Maggie. We meet weekly on Wednesdays after school to work on projects to better our community.

We are a student-led group that focuses on encouraging leadership among students and giving them power to make changes in their community. Improvements can be big such as restoring Paul Dimmick State Park, or they can be small such as bringing awareness to our watershed by painting a water tank. What matters is that each student works on a project that they choose and are passionate about it. No matter the size of the project, we always learn something from everything we do. 

Maggie Von Vogt and Noor Dawood are the facilitators of our group. Noor has been facilitating for eight years and Maggie for four. Their role is to direct the group work and help us students achieve our goals. Despite that the motivation and ideas come from the students, Maggie and Noor are a core part of our group and we couldn’t do this without them. They help all of us grow as a person and leader if we so choose, and even though this group is student-led, Maggie and Noor are just as, if not more, important than the student members.


Messages From Our Members

I've been in SLT since 7th grade and was very quiet at that age. The Service Learning Team is a very supportive group where you can share your ideas freely without being judged. It didn't take long for me to start speaking up and sharing my thoughts. Being in SLT also boosted my confidence a lot. I became more comfortable with making phone calls, speaking in front of larger groups of people, and sharing my ideas with others. SLT isn't just about productivity. It's a safe space for students to go, have a good time, meet new friends, and focus on things they're passionate about. 



I joined SLT at the beginning of Junior High (7th grade), excited at the idea of coming up with projects and making them actually happen. When I joined I began to work on a project aiming to make a program where high school students could learn to coach elementary school students in sports and physical activity. This project sadly discontinued, but it taught me how to speak to people I had never spoken to before and how to plan out awesome projects. The next year we began the skatepark project, a project I find myself super interested in and excited about. Through this project I’ve learned how to speak in front of groups of people, how to spread awareness of your project, how to learn from other people with similar projects, and best of all…..sit through very long meetings. 

SLT as well introduced me to some of my favorite people, and was just really fun over all. I began to appreciate things like skateparks, the process of creating murals, and the importance of activity in younger kids. I also get to help make interesting stuff happen! Throughout the all meetings I’ve really felt I can be myself, be confident in the idea of making big projects happen, and I can’t see myself not enjoying SLT.



I started facilitating the Service Learning Team 8 years ago, after receiving a grant from the Mendocino Community Foundation to fund just one year of Service Learning at AV Jr./Sr. High. We are so fortunate that our school district recognized what a great leadership opportunity SLT can be for students, and decided to continue funding the group on an ongoing basis! I continue to work with the group year after year because I love helping young people realize that they themselves can make a real difference to better the world around them. And I hope that SLT students who realize this possibility go on to become community leaders in the future.