Students who want to get involved with community service have the opportunity to join Student Leaders in Civic Engagement (SLICE).
Tuition waivers are available to students who are interested in leadership opportunities. The requirement is 100 hours of service each semester.
Applications for SLICE are due on March 29 and positions are limited. Students will be contacted for interviews once their application has been processed.
A branch of the Thayne Center for Service and Learning, SLICE is an organization that gives back to the community and provides students with a better understanding of service and leadership.
“Students are learning, being educated, and they act upon it. Then they go ahead and grab other students, do the same to them; they educate them and get them to act. It just grows,” said service leadership coordinator Linnie Spor.
Past SLICE projects have focused on areas such as government involvement, social justice, domestic violence, environment, hunger, and community gardens.
SLICE members held food drives and built community gardens to provide food for the hungry for one of the projects
One student, Jason Thornton, saw the need for a community garden on the SLCC Taylorsville Redwood Campus. He gathered a group together and built garden boxes located between the Administrative and Construction buildings.
There are several requirements for students interested in applying for SLICE, including two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a one page essay on their interest in the program. They will need to commit to both fall and spring semesters with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
After an application is submitted and processed, there is a competitive interview process conducted by leaders of SLICE.
Once accepted, two hours will need to be dedicated by the student every Thursday for training and working on projects. One week is dedicated to training in August before fall semester begins. Throughout the semester, projects are planned by students to improve the community and environment.
“We go through an intense process of training: how to find non-profit [organizations], [learn] what a non-profit is, how to find the needs in the community and what social justice is,” said Spor.