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  • 1. Your Philosophy of ServiceEmerging Leaders Level I 2012
  • 2. Purpose This exercise will allow you to identify what service means to you, to understand how individuals define service differently and have different assumptions about what constitutes service.  Does it have to be a particular kind of activity or work?  Does it have to serve a specific group of people or classification of organization?  Does it have to have a distinct, identifiable goal or purpose?
  • 3. Activity #1 Jot down some notes about your personal criteria for calling something service.
  • 4. Activity #2 Study the list of 18 examples of Service carefully and place a “1” next to the action that most closely fits your personal philosophy of service. Place a “2” next to the action that is the second best fit, and so on, until every item up to 18 (or more, since there are blank lines included for additions) has a ranking.
  • 5. Activity #3 In your group, compare each member’s rankings and discuss the differences and similarities. Develop a consensus on the rankings and a definition of service that is acceptable to each of you given your personal philosophy of service. In your discussion, consider how each member responded to the three questions listed above.
  • 6. Service Categories Activism/Advocacy(e.g. organizing a petition, a protest, or operation for a cause) Direct Services and Assistance(e.g. tutoring, preparing dinner at a shelter) Lifestyle/personal gestures(e.g. giving blood, adopting) Charity/Philanthropy(e.g. monetary and other donations) Religion/Spirituality(e.g. serving on a committee at a religious institution) Citizenship(e.g. voting, running for city council, joining the armed forces) Vocation/Calling(e.g. choosing work that makes a difference) Social Entrepreneurship(e.g. micro-lending)
  • 7. EL Service You are required to complete 8 hours of service as part of the EL Class This service must be completed by March 30 You must confirm your service location through the completion of a Service Placement form by March 9 Service should be personal and also expand your experience (i.e. step out of your comfort zone and go somewhere you have never been) Service must be at an approved site for safety reasons, see Blackboard for sites Alternative Spring Break service (transportation provided) is available, see sign-up sheets You must also complete a Service Interview by March 30, see the March 30 folder in Blackboard