SERV Program Happenings
Students in the program called Students Embracing the Responsibility to Volunteer (SERV) at SNC have a busy year! SERV started as an Americorps program approximately ten years ago. While the program is no longer federally funded, we have continued a similar program to encourage students to become engaged in our community and learn valuable leadership skills. Hours of service, training,
learning, and fun, fill some of their time between classes and
homework. The SERV Fellows participate in local, national, and
international service and movements. They develop their leadership
skills. Fellows dedicate many evenings and weekends to service;
learning about themselves and others, and developing lasting friendships.
They make a
Moving in early and training
get the chance to move in four days earlier than their fellow first year
students. This allows time for training as well as getting to know
the SERV team and the campus.
The program offers opportunities for fellows to get to know one another and learn each other's strengths. There are
various opportunities throughout the year and they are a lot of fun!
Once or twice a year the
entire group of fellows get together for a retreat. These retreats help students to reflect on their service, build skills, as well as to spend time with
people who care about similar issues.
The students work together for an
entire year for tutoring, meetings weekly, retreats, trainings. Also, as part of
the program, the students are expected to recruit five non-SERV fellows
to join them in service.
One of the main programs the SERV fellows work with is
the tutoring program. The program is designed to allow the SERV fellow to work one-on-one with the students who are considered "at risk" to help them
with their basic reading and writing skills and get excited about
|Kids 2 Campus Day
This event is sponsored by the Sturzl Center for Community Service and Learning with assistance from the SERV fellows. It is held on one of the spring Advisement days so none of the
fellows have class. This is usually in April, so the students have
been spending almost an entire academic year with their mentors. The
are bussed to the campus and taken on tours by the fellows and some of
their recruits. This is a great opportunity to spend time with the
students outside of tutoring and get them interested in college.
|Various service opportunities
The fellows need to get 200
hours of community service (this does include some training hours). The
fellows are responsible for finding service opportunities that meets
the requirements of the program, but the program does bring up some
opportunities open to the group's participation throughout the year.
TRIPS is an acronym for Turning Responsibility
into Powerful Service. Students have the opportunity to go on a trip
over winter or spring break. They spend this week at a service
location devoted to service for the organization. Each TRIP has a focus for their
service ranging from homelessness, urban education, AIDS awareness,
working with special needs and more. This is a great opportunity to do
something with their break as well as get close to 40 hours of service
towards the total.
SERV fellows have won numerous awards and scholarships as a result of their leadership on campus and in the community. Their year as member of SERV prepares them well to make a difference.