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Student Leaders in Service

June 15-20, 2014

Student Leaders in Service is a week-long residential program for high school students who will be juniors or seniors in the 2014-2015 academic school year. The program will provide opportunities to learn about leadership, community engagement, and active citizenship through community service, simulations, seminars, and discussions, while giving students a taste of college life.Student Leaders in Service

Lead: Practice, theorize, and reflect on the purposes, aims, and methods of leadership.

Serve: Participate in community service across Birmingham: work with children, the environment, the working poor and others in need.

Explore BSC: Participate in classroom exercises with Birmingham-Southern College faculty and community partners, discover the campus, meet current students, and spend five nights in a BSC residence hall.

Student Leaders in Service Activities:

  • Low ropes course and team-building exercises
  • Personality self-assessment and communication skills sessions
  • Introductory classes on leadership and service, led by BSC professors
  • Sessions with local community and nonprofit leaders
  • Service-learning projects with BSC community partners such as Urban Kids Summer Program, Habitat for Humanity, and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
  • Off-campus outings to explore Birmingham, including local restaurants, a tour of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and hiking at Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

What program participants have said:

"I believe that I can more effectively encourage other high school students to volunteer and lead because of the program."

"The program incorporated what I consider the three most important aspects of leadership: leading, service, and knowing when to follow."

"I learned a lot, made new friends, and gained confidence in my leadership abilities. I am impressed with BSC and am seriously considering it as a college option."

"Student Leaders in Service allows for an opportunity to serve the community, learn about leadership, and make friends."

Student Leaders in Service pause for a group photo
Student Leaders in Service pause for a group photo

Requirements: Students must be current sophomores or juniors who will be juniors or seniors for the 2014-2015 school year.

Cost: There is a $500 fee for participants in the Student Leaders in Service program. Food, lodging, entertainment, transportation, and materials for the week are included

Application Deadline: April 11, 2014. Click here to apply.

For more information, call 205-226-4690 or e-mail Claire Hubbs at chubbs@bsc.edu.