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Students Leaders in Service at the Volunteer Expo

“Student Leaders in Service” at the Volunteer Expo. These students act as peer mentors as well as service-learning and volunteer coordinators for community partners.

Thank you for your interest in supporting the Service-Learning Program’s mission to enhance student learning, meet critical community needs, and foster a culture of community engagement. Our staff is dedicated to bringing together community partners, students, and faculty to solve community identified issues and problems.

Your support will help provide programs and scholarships to Boise State University students who coordinate and mentor other student volunteers at our key community partner sites. This experience provides hands-on leadership training to students, as well as expanding the capacity of organizations to meet community needs. Funds will also be used to provide these students with the professional development skills, training and support to enter the workforce and make a difference in the world.

Funding needs:

Scholarships for students to help coordinate and mentor student volunteers

  • Many community organizations need student help, but don’t have enough resources to coordinate volunteers. Experienced service-learning students can be stationed at the agency to serve as peer mentors and assistant volunteer coordinators.
  • Student mentors gain leadership training, mentoring by organizational leaders, and experience motivating others to serve.
  • Quotes from peer mentors and agency directors are available.
  • Funding is needed for scholarships ($4,000 per student for 15 hours/week)

Training and seed money to generate new solutions to pressing issues

  • SL staff bring together the talents and resources of faculty and community leaders to generate solutions to pressing community issues focused on high community impact. New strategies will involve student projects, faculty research, and community leadership.
  • Student leaders will gain workplace skills in project management and community problem solving.
  • For example: SL staff convened faculty from Nursing, Linguistics, and Education with three social service organizations to build a new collaboration in which Nursing students teach health literacy to refugees, while other students develop training curriculum and provide tutoring. The outcome is refugees passing citizenship exams, affording food for their children, and gaining access to health resources to care for their families.
  • Funding is needed for training, supplies and student project assistant ($5,000 per year) If you have a special interest, please contact the Service-Learning Director, Kara Brascia, at 208-426-2380 or

See one student’s service-learning story here: