Your Philosophy of ServiceEmerging Leaders Level I 2012
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?
Activity #1 Jot down some notes about your personal criteria for calling something service.
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.
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.
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)
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