Since 1987, the Serve Office, located in the Stearns Student Center, has been an integral part of engaging students in the JSC community and beyond. Serve offers numerous opportunities for organized service experiences led by student leaders in the local area and around the country. The following are some of the events and programs offered:
Serve Fri: The local service program offers projects in order to respond to the needs of the community. These projects allow students to become more familiar with the region and provide the opportunity for service learning with tangible outcomes in a limited time frame.
Break Away: Our alternative break program is designed to promote service on the regional, national, and international levels during scheduled school breaks. These trips are designed to have students leading other students in heightening social awareness and creating life-long active citizens; where community becomes a priority in values and life choices.
Mentoring: Student volunteers are matched with local school children or youth. The goal is to form one-on-one relationships to give each child or young adult a friend and role model, as well as someone who can share recreational, cultural, and educational experiences.
America Reads: This is a national program designed to help children develop a love of reading. Reading partners receive a literacy training and then work with individual children or small groups (K-4) to provide opportunities for one-on-one practice and activities which inspire young kids to read well by sharing the joy and power of reading.
AmeriCorps Student Leadership Corps (Education Award Only): JSC offers an AmeriCorps Education Award program. AmeriCorps members work with students, faculty, administration, and local communities to build volunteer and service learning programs on the campus. At the end of their service, members receive an education stipend according to numbers of hours served.
If eligible, student leaders and America Reads volunteers can receive federal work study.