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Day in the Life

Day in the Life is a Community Service Learning initiative administered by the Curry School of Education. DITL supports teaching and service learning by connecting UVA/Curry students with local public schools. Community partner sites are located in Charlottesville City schools (CCS), Albemarle County schools (ACPS) and area community agencies.


History of Program

  • 2002: UVA’s Community Relations Office started the Day in the Life Program following an outcry from local residents that UVa neglected opportunities to influence positive racial relations and support local youth development. Appeals for help were expressed frequently during a year-long series of conversations in a prominent local African American church. 44 UVA students were matched one-on-one with 45 local youth and, together, they explored “a day in the life” of a University student by participating in academic, cultural, athletic, and social events together.
  • 2004: Bob Covert, associate professor of education, who taught “Multicultural Education,” was the first faculty to include the service-learning opportunity in his classes. By adding the service-learning component, the number of UVa students participating grew substantially in the program’s third year, rising to 207 students who provided more than 2,030 hours of service to 217 local youth at ten Charlottesville sites.
  • 2014 – 2016: DITL was moved to the Curry School of Education, under the leadership of Cheryl Gittens, Ed.D.
  • Fall 2016: 279 UVA participants, 20+ sites, 2960+ hours of total hours of service


Sites (Spring 2017)

Albemarle High School, Buford Middle School, Charlottesville High School, Johnson Elementary, and many more....


Curry Classes that Offer Credit for Participating in Program

  • EDHS 1100- Introduction to Youth & Social Innovation
  • EDHS 2895- Minding the Mind: Engaging Youth in Learning
  • EDHS 1120- Change the World: Foundations of Community Engagement
  • EDHS 3200: Introduction to Counseling Student Athletes
  • EDHS 2010: Teaching as a Profession
  • EDLF 3240: Multicultural Education


My Experience

I am currently participating in the Day in the Life Program as it is a requirement for my class EDHS 2010: Teaching as a Profession, taught by Professor Eleanor Wilson. I volunteer every Monday from 10:45 AM to 11:45 AM at Charlottesville High School. At CHS I tutor sophomore students in Geometry. I love it. The kids are great, they come every day ready to learn and appreciate my being there. I have participated in the Day in the Life Program previous to this semester. In the Fall of 2015, I volunteered at Albemarle High School. At AHS I was a tutor for the AVID Tutoring Program. The AVID Tutoring Program is a nationwide program that focuses on helping potential first generation college students achieve in school and serves as a mentoring program that prepares these students to be able to go to college one day. I worked with sophomore students at AHS tutoring them in various subject areas (e.g geometry, algebra 2, chemistry, language arts, etc). My experience so far with the Day in The Life Program has been great. I would  highly recommend it to anyone interested in making an impact, big or small, in the life of a student. The kids and teachers love UVA students are always looking for great volunteers.


Main Contact

Jane Mayhew Cook

Education and Outreach Coordinator

Office Hours: Mon – Fri (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM)

Curry School of Education

102 Ruffner Hall,

Charlottesville, VA  22904

Phone: 434.924.0748