Students in Service (SIS) began in 1997 as the HELP (Higher Education Learning Partners) program with funding from the Corporation for National & Community Service. With goals to foster civic engagement among higher education students, promote the National Service movement, and encourage positive relationships between campuses and communities, the program initially targeted students on member campuses in Washington. It later expanded to include students in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Alaska, and Oregon; it extended its reach to a total of 21 states in 2010!
To date, thousands of SIS members have served their local communities.
Increase the number of college student volunteers and service learners
Help disadvantaged youth succeed and advance along the academic continuum
Develop members' and students' civic skills, attitudes, and habits
Improve members' and students' workforce skills
Engage Veterans (college students at participating campuses) in serving their local communities
Build organizational capacity at local non-profit, government, and educational institutions
SIS meets critical community needs by engaging higher ed students in service as part-time AmeriCorps members, and fostering within them an ethic of civic responsibility.
AmeriCorps members are introduced to local, regional, and national service-learning opportunities, resulting in a regional network of student leaders committed to serving and strengthening their local communities. AmeriCorps members serve in partnership with schools and community-based organizations to address many community issues.
Upon successful completion of a term of service, members are eligible to receive an Education Award to be applied toward outstanding federal student loans or the cost of attendance at a college or university. With rising tuition costs the education award earned upon successful completion of the program helps make service a viable opportunity for students with financial need.
The Education Award:
300 Hour Term of Service = $ 1,175
450 Hour Term of Service = $ 1,468
900 Hour Term of Service = $ 2,775
*Based on 2008-2009 program data