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Service Leaders

A Service-Learning Leadership Program

Our Service Leaders take a holistic approach to service learning. Through intentional curriculum and engaging experiences, our Service Leaders gain the ability of being a more conscious, responsible volunteer, while putting theory into action. Service Leaders take on responsibilities for the MLK Day of Service, UIC Day of Service, and other volunteer opportunities (Make Mondays Matter, GIVE, Leadership Book Club, Party at the Polls). Service Leaders attend weekly meetings with their cohort, and receive training and support on how to build and sustain relationships with the greater community. Fall 2023 Service Leader Applications are now open! The deadline to apply is Friday, September 8, 2023


Learn about the Service Leaders Experience:

What is the Service Leaders Program?

The Service Leaders Program is a leadership development program centered on service. Service Leaders take on responsibilities for planning the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the UIC Day of Service, Party at the Polls, Voter Registration events, and other volunteer and civic engagement events/programs (Make Mondays Matter, GIVE, debate viewing parties). Service Leaders attend biweekly meetings with their cohort, focused on training and support to develop their leadership skills, as well as all regularly scheduled Committee meetings, focused on event planning and coordination.

Who is a Service Leaders?

Service Leaders can be any UIC student, as long as they are passionate about serving their community and leading others. Ideally, Service Leaders will have participated in past SLCE programs, but it is not a requirement for the role.

What’s the time commitment for the program?

Service Leaders meet every other week each semester, with the date and time finalized once the cohort of Service Leaders has been selected each semester. Additionally, Service Leaders can participate on committees (Service, Civic Engagement, and/or Leadership), which may involve additional meetings on a regular basis.

How will my time be spent as a Service Leader?

Service Leader meetings will be spent getting to know the cohort, completing leadership and service training and development, and planning for programs. Service Leaders at SLCE events and programs will be helping coordinate the event day-of, including checking in participants and volunteers, guiding folks to where they need to be, leading discussions and reflections, and more.

Is this a paid position?

This leadership position is not paid; it is strictly volunteer based. However, some Service Leader meetings and time spent running SLCE service events and programs can count towards service hours.  Also, any mandatory trainings may include a stipend.


Upon completion of the program, students will have gained leadership skills, especially around on- and off-campus service programs, and will be able to provide insight and resources around volunteering, participating in civic engagement opportunities, and leadership development experience. Service Leaders gain the ability of being a more conscious, responsible volunteer, while putting theory into action. Service Leaders leave the program knowing they have helped others find their passion for civic engagement and service through guidance, discussion, and reflection.

Service Leader meetings begin the week of September 11, 2023 and continue throughout the Fall Semester, with the possibility of continuing as a returning Service Leader in Spring Semester of 2024.

Ready to Participate? Join the Service Leader program and apply at