Welcome to SPACE, an online student journal that promotes student service-learning and civic engagement experiences in metropolitan Chicago. SPACE invites students to submit manuscripts about their service-learning and civic engagement experiences. Our goal is to publish scholarly and reflective writing that enlightens service-learning and civic engagement practitioners and scholars about student experiences that extend beyond the classroom and into communities.

We publish work from students who seek to extend their learning through reflection, by connecting their experiences to extant research, and/or by conducting their own research through their civic experiences. All papers that reflect a service-learning or civic engagement course experience will be considered.

Topics of interest include:

  • Aging
  • Children and Youth
  • Community Development
  • Community Organizing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Diversity, Environment
  • Food Access
  • Housing and Homelessness
  • Immigrants and Refugees
  • Public Education
  • Public Policy
  • Social Justice

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Current Issue: Volume 3, Issue 1 (2018)



Julie Peters



Truancy in High School
Itzel Ruiz, Jason Mink, and Xochitl Aleman


Developing Civic Identity Amongst Middle School Students in Northern Chicago
Nicole Karwowski, Sania Zaffar, Rachel Phillips, Katelyn Sullivan, and Holly Laws


Jon J. Schmidt, Loyola University Chicago
Virginia M. Jagla, National Louis University
Julie L. Peters, University of Illinois at Chicago


Diane Ehrlich, Northeastern Illinois University
Brian Horn, Illinois State University
Julie Peters, University of Illinois at Chicago
Deborah Weiner, DePaul University
Antonina Lukenchuk, National Louis University
Todd Price, National Louis University
Norma Ramos, University of Illinois at Chicago


Paolo P. Gujilde, National Louis University