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ALIVE Center for Community Partnerships

Service-Learning and The $100 Solution


The $100 Solution is based on five principles:

Reciprocity: The service-learners and the community both benefit from the project.

Partnership: The service-learners and the community participate in determining the needs and assets, planning and implementing solutions, and evaluating efforts.

Capacity Building: The knowledge and abilities of individuals and organizations are strengthened towards self-sufficiency.

Sustainability: Focus on long-term solutions that can be continued taking into consideration future needs and resources.

Reflection: Continued oral or written reflection is used as a tool for awareness, deeper understanding, analysis, and interpretation in order to transform experiences into meaningful learning.


The $100 Solution™ utilizes these five principles of service learning to answer a central question: with this $100 bill, what can I do to enhance your quality of life? It teaches students to ask what they can do rather than just assuming, demonstrates that many social problems exist that can be solved with small amounts of money, and empowers them to make a difference in their community.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14