The Community Action Program at Marin Academy seeks to educate students about civic and social justice issues and inspire them to engage in meaningful action for the betterment of school, local, and global communities. Embracing a service learning model, a central aim of the MA program is to tie academic learning to real-world issues and community needs, instilling in our students a sense that their actions can positively impact the world. The program reinforces the MA mission to “think, question, and create” in a civic-minded manner while accepting the “responsibilities posed by education in a democratic society” through meaningful community engagement.
Rather than requiring a set number of community service hours each year, Marin Academy integrates service learning projects into academic courses and programs, inviting all students to participate in some form of community engagement each year. Opportunities are available outside of class to engage in community action and outreach through participation in school-sponsored service events, the Community Action Leadership Council, the Youth Grants Board, and the Crossroads Program. Students also participate in grade level service days and service-immersive Mini-Courses annually.