SLANT (Service Learning Adventures in North Texas) is a student-led service-learning program that inspires youth to improve their communities in creative and meaningful ways.
Service-learning is a proven educational approach that gives students opportunities to authentically apply what they learn in school to address real community needs. While making positive contributions to the world, students connect classroom learning with life experiences, engage in civic participation and increase their knowledge and skills.
In 2011, SLANT 45 – North Texas’ signature education program for Super Bowl XLV – became one of the largest service-learning projects in U.S. history. By the end of the program in January 2011, 44,140 youth had logged more than 445,000 hours of service to their communities. Since then, Big Thought has continued the program on a local level as a constant reminder that kids can spark change. This year the program is making a comeback as the legacy project of the NCAA Men’s Final Four®.
Founded in 1987, Dallas-based Big Thought is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations focused on building partnerships to innovate education through creative learning. Driven by its mission — to make imagination a part of everyday learning — Big Thought provides youth with access to programs which address problem solving, life skills and workforce development, and works to impact student achievement during the out of school time hours by providing children with pathways to success. Learn more at bigthought.org.