With a new emphasis on holistic admissions, educators and counselors advise students to learn leadership skills and volunteer. It’s good advice, but easier said than done. Tell us if this sounds familiar: You meet with your school counselor, who tells you to add leadership experience to your college resume. That sounds like a big deal, so you ask for examples. Your counselor suggests leading a volunteer project. However, when your search for “service projects with leadership” you come up short. Gaining leadership experience can feel mysterious and even intimidating. Why? Because in the words of legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, “Leaders are made, not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal worthwhile.”
Lead Your Club or Class Service Projects
VolunteerCrowd believes learning to lead is within every student’s reach. What’s more, serving your community is the perfect training ground. That’s why we created a student leadership program that helps students find meaningful opportunities and champion their favorite causes. Our program is ideal for capstone, AP or IB service projects, or club or class leadership experience. Students who complete the program receive a leadership badge to boost their college, internship, scholarship or job applications.
Find Leadership Opportunities The Easy Way
If your first thought is to recruit followers, hit pause. Leaders have to find their own inspiration before they can persuade others to care. It all begins with what motivates and excites you.
Start with a cause where you feel a personal connection. Imagine the impact you want to make. Have you grown up around animals and want to help socialize rescue dogs at the humane society? Was there a flood or fire in your area that gives you a sense of urgency about climate change? Or maybe the pandemic’s effect on your families’ or friends’ health inspires you to make masks for front-line workers. Getting started is easy. First select one or more causes that appeal to you. Then use the ADD LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES toggle in the VolunteerCrowd app. Next, select I WANT TO VOLUNTEER and read the leadership role description for next steps. Last, check your email for sign-up instructions. That’s it!
Learn to Lead a Community Service Project
Just like mastering algebra, biology, or coding, students need support when learning to lead. We developed live leadership training for students who want to invest in learning to lead. The program is available to all Impact and College and Career Advantage Members. Get started by completing a short application describing your goals, what service activities you are involved in, or areas where you would like to volunteer.
Learn to Advocate for Your Interests and Favorite Causes
What leaders say and do can have a strong influence over others. Ask any celebrity or politician. That’s why our student leadership program focuses on advocacy. Students who understand how to advocate for themselves and others demonstrate the kind of character strengths colleges and employers want to see: self-determination, communication, and drive.
Advocating for student interests: Students frequently as us, “Can I get my hours on VolunteerCrowd?” Our response is, “Yes, tell us what causes you like.” It’s amazing how many long pauses we encounter from this simple question. Students often know more about what they are supposed to achieve than what is meaningful to them. Our program teaches self-advocacy, so students feel empowered to turn their thoughts and feelings into positive actions. In addition, self-advocacy is about learning to ask for information and support.
Advocating for a special cause: High school and college students can find new college or career paths from positive volunteer experiences. When you are genuinely curious and interested in a topic, it’s easy to inspire others. So we teach students how and where to communicate what’s important about their chosen cause. Additionally, we provide the digital tools and social media training. This makes it easy for students to organize their friends’ support. VolunteerCrowd provides the training, communication tools, and most of all, the service projects!
VolunteerCrowd Student Leadership Requirements
Our virtual program fits conveniently with students’ busy schedules and supports their class, club, or individual community service goals. Students participate in one online meeting per quarter. These are interactive meetings, so be prepared to unmute! We offer meetings monthly, so there are three chances to attend. Below is the 2021 virtual program schedule. If you have any questions about dates or times, contact us.
Advocating for your favorite cause (dates to be posted)
Helping your community during the holidays (dates to be posted)
Throughout the year, students will raise awareness for their cause and encourage others to volunteer. Students must complete one online assignment per quarter and track their service hours.
Earn a Leadership Badge and for Your Service Transcript
Students who complete the program can add a leadership badge to their verified service transcript. Like an academic transcript, ACT, SAT, GRE, or MCAT, you can send your transcript securely using Parchment.