Program: Leadership for Service (L4S)

The purpose of HOBY’s Leadership for Service (L4S) program is to help students identify their role in the community and discover ways they can implement change. The L4S program has been enhanced in order to move Ambassadors past the volunteerism experience and into a service-learning experience, ultimately crafting Ambassadors into civically engaged members of their community.

As sophomores begin their experience with HOBY, most identify themselves as members of the community, and possibly have been involved in volunteer service. Our goal with HOBY is to push them into becoming conscientious citizens during the seminar, encouraging them to think critically about society’s issues. The skills they learn at the seminar will further push them beyond simply thinking about the issues, and into the status of an active citizen where they are continuing to be involved in the education and action process.

In service-learning, there is a mutual benefit to the person serving and those individuals he/she is serving. The community organization serves as an educational vessel for the person serving by educating about issues, funds, sources, reasons the organization exists, etc. However, the person serving is also providing a service to the organization by working on a significant project with the organization, but also taking the knowledge gained and continuing to be involved in learning about the issue and doing something about it. (This could be reflected in their voting practices later on, their continued volunteerism, or other means of social advocacy for the issues.)

The L4S activities at the seminar are divided into three steps in order to provide service-learning.

Step 1: Pre-Project Transformation

Step 2: Project/On-Site Transformation

Step 3: Post-Project Transformation