Programs

Alternative Service Experience

The Alternative Service Experience focuses on exploring social issues in close collaboration with community partners through unique experiential learning opportunities. Participants will learn about the mission, guiding values, and client base of community partners including the historical, cultural, and social contexts the community and organization reside in. ASEs offer the opportunity for meaningful dialogue, service together, intentional engagement, and critical reflection of our experiences and the world around us.

Participants should be prepared to engage in self reflection, team building, group dialogue, and service work. Participants should expect to be challenged on various levels including (but not limited to): meeting new people, trying new things, and considering new perspectives.

MLK Day of Service

Every January students, faculty, and staff elect to celebrate and honor the legacy of Dr. King by making it a “day on” rather than a day off by working alongside local non-profit organizations throughout the community of Asheville. Participants may sign up individually or as part of a group, class, or student organization.

Partners of Asheville Assisting Within Schools (PAAWS)

Partners of Asheville Assisting Within Schools (PAAWS), a collaborative program connecting UNC Asheville with Asheville City Schools (ACS) through service learning courses and real-life applications of college content sponsored by Asheville City Schools Foundation (ACSF). The main goals of the PAAWS program are to increase student success at all levels of engagement through this partnership geared around hands-on learning and applying critical life skills. These projects will allow for near-peer interactions allowing learning to be enriching and productive for each learning community.

The Key Center is proud to partner with Asheville City Schools Foundation by offering a variety of pathways for students, faculty, and staff to work with Asheville City Schools through the PAAWS program.  For more information, visit their website.