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Center for Community Action

The Center for Community Action 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.

Goals of the Program

  • Students develop a heightened awareness of and sensitivity to the needs of others within their community—especially those marginalized or under-resourced—so as to foster empathy and a desire to make a positive impact in the community.
  • Students apply academic, social and interpersonal skills for the betterment of the community. They are involved in making informed decisions and engaging in service, social justice and advocacy to address relevant, real-world challenges and issues.
  • Students gain a greater understanding of themselves as contributing, compassionate human beings.
  • Students develop strong leadership and team-building skills through 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.


List of 1 members.

  • James Hughes 

    Director of Community Action, English Teacher