Student Leaders for Service

Student Leaders for Service

Are you passionate about volunteerism and service?
Student Leaders for Service is the place for you!

Applications for 2019-20 year are now CLOSED.

Let us know and we'll be in touch when the applications go live!

Recruitment for Student Leaders for Service typically opens in March and runs through May 1, recruiting for the following year's cohort. Students are matched with community partner sites between June-September before the start of the following school year, based on mutual interest between the student and the community partner. 


Student Leaders for Service 2018-19

The 2018-2019 Student Leaders for Service (SLS) Team

Student Leaders for Service is a year-long leadership program that facilitates students’ involvement in both the Portland State and greater Portland communities. Students serve at a community partner site on a weekly basis, supporting the work of the community partner and bringing its mission back to the PSU campus. In addition to serving in a designated volunteer role with their organization, a key component of this role is for the SLS member to serve as a liaison between the community partner site and PSU, developing awareness for the community organization throughout campus and promoting the organization’s volunteer opportunities to PSU students.  

SLS members also support engagement with the Student Community Engagement Center through facilitation of large Days of Service, shorter Serve Your City projects, tabling, and other outreach events on the PSU campus. Student Leaders for Service develop their leadership skills and identities through weekly Friday leadership classes each term and work to incorporate their learning into their service with their community partner site and vice versa throughout the year.  

 Time commitment: 8-10 hours/week (varies based on time of year)

See the full description of the Student Leaders for Service (SLS) Role 

See a full list of all potential SLS Community Partner host sites 

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SLS Member Responsibilities, Benefits & Eligibility

Each member will be responsible for:

  • 4-6 hours per week for the entire academic year at a community organization
  • Developing service opportunities for PSU students with community organization
  • Raising awareness for community organization at PSU
  • Volunteering to table at events or speak in classes representing community partner or the community engagement experience in general
  • Serving as an ambassador for their community partner at PSU
  • Actively participating in discussions, contributing to new topics, and bringing new ideas to meetings
  • Participation in planning and leading project at three large days of service: Portland State of Mind Day of Service, MLK Day of Service, and Earth Day of Service. 
  • Attending seven weekly Student Leaders for Service meetings per term, Fridays 2-4pm.

Benefits of becoming an SLS Member:

  • Leadership development focused on civic engagement and social change
  • Personal and professional growth on self-defined goals
  • Develop skills to plan successful large scale and small scale service opportunities
  • Connection to other students engaged in community work
  • Understand the importance of social justice
  • $400 scholarship each term**
  • Optional three 400-level credits per term (up to 6 credits)

To become a SLS member, students must:

  • Be an undergraduate with over a 2.5 Portland State GPA and plan to take at least 6 credits per term or be a graduate student with over a 3.0 Portland State GPA and plan to take at least 5 credits per term.
  • Be able to attend weekly Friday meetings - members of Student Leaders for Service can only miss two meetings per term and remain eligible for the $400/term ELSA award
  • Be open to new experiences, motivated and hardworking, service oriented, and have a desire to develop as a leader.

** NOTE: You may only receive one ELSA scholarship managed by Student Activities and Leadership Programs, even if you hold multiple leadership roles. Students can choose which ELSA to accept from those for which they are eligible. You can still participate in SLS even if you choose to receive an ELSA from a different leadership position.