Earn up to 24 Community Service Hours
Note: To participate in this Add-on, students attending a program in Washington, D.C. (American University and George Washington University) may arrive early for their main NSLC program or stay for a few extra days following their main NSLC program. All NSLC Alumni of high school age are also welcome to join us for these projects.
Extend your NSLC experience by serving others! At the NSLC Community Service Add-On, you will have the opportunity to work with NSLC students and alumni to make difference in the Washington, D.C. area. Lend your time and energy to rebuilding parks, schools, houses and playgrounds or preparing food for the homeless, all while further advancing your leadership skills and learning more about our Nation’s capital.
Community Service Projects
Throughout the fall and spring the NSLC will coordinate projects with a variety of non-profit organizations in the D.C. area to arrange a range of exciting community services projects. These organizations do not finalize their summer volunteer schedules until late spring, and the final projects for the summer of 2013 will not be announced until mid-April.
In the past, the NSLC has worked with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the National Relief Network and the D.C. Public Schools. This year we will also be working the Food and Friends program. Participants in the Community Service add-on program may work with one to three different organizations during their four day experience. Students will earn 12-24 community service hours by participating in this program.
Each evening, students will work with NSLC leadership facilitators to further discover and develop the skills and techniques needed to serve their communities on a greater level. Students will learn how to develop and manage their own service projects as they identify the needs of their communities. Students who are passionate about leading their peers and serving their communities will find the leadership curriculum especially beneficial. Leadership workshops may include the following.
- Ethical Leadership
- Defining Community
- Engaging Community Resources
- Program Development & Non-Profit Work
- Move from GWU to AU (GWU students only)
- Opening Ceremony & Guest Speaker
- TA Group Orientation
- Leadership Activity: Being in Service
- Leadership Activity: Defining Community
- TA Activity: My Community (Needs & Resources)
- Service Project 1
- Leadership Activity: Networking
- Leadership Activity: Program Development & Non-Profit Work
- Guest Speaker
- Service Project 2
- Final TA Group Meeting
- Closing Ceremony