Service Learning

We work with teachers and students from kindergarten to college on their service projects. We offer consultation and support, connecting them with community partners and helping to create impactful lessons in their service.

We also help them to spread the word about their important work with the Student Service Network and the Student Service Film Festival. The network covers projects at schools and then produces news stories for television and online outlets. Whether it’s a canned food drive at Anderson High School or a Veterans Day tribute at Kelly Elementary, the Student Service Network can help to celebrate projects with professional reporting.

Steve Oldfield directs the network and film festival. He is an award-winning television news producer and documentary filmmaker who also teaches in the Communication Dept. at Thomas More University. Since he created the network in 2018, Oldfield has scored more than 40 television news and online stories featuring schools and non-profits.

The Student Service Film Festival showcases student-produced videos highlighting service, non-profits, issues and public service announcements. The first festival in the Spring of 2019 featured 30 videos from 12 schools across Greater Cincinnati, from Seven Hills and Butler Tech to Highlands Middle School and Cooper High. More than 150 students, teachers and parents came together for the red-carpet affair. Oldfield also produced an hour-long program featuring the festival videos that is currently airing on TBNK – Spectrum Cable. The date for the 2020 festival is set for April 29th at the Ignite Institute. Oldfield frequently visits schools and mentors student directors on their projects for the festival.

NKYAB – Northern Kentucky Youth Advisory Board

Students from schools across Northern Kentucky meet each month at the Life Learning Center in Covington to share projects and to learn about leadership. They also get tips about college from moderator Steve Oldfield, who teaches at Thomas More and serves on the Alumni Admissions Council for his alma mater, Northwestern University. NKYAB students have gone onto prestigious programs, including Columbia University and the University of Louisville’s GEMS Medical School program.