ServiceWorks St. Louis | United Way of Greater St. Louis

ServiceWorks St. Louis is a nationally recognized program helping 16-24 year-olds in the region become strong, successful individuals and influential community leaders. If you’re looking for an exciting, bright future as a student and a professional, we’ll work with you to gain the needed skills.

As a participant in the program — a Service Scholar — you’ll learn how to stand out, gaining skills such as networking and project planning, and gain an understanding of the positive influence you can have in your community through a series of service projects, forming close bonds with your peers all the while.

For Students

Where can you see yourself in five years? What would you like to be doing, where would you like to be going, and what would you like your community to look like? If you want to excel in your future, but aren’t sure how to get started, ServiceWorks can help you get a head start pursuing your goals. Here’s how:

  • Our workshops will introduce you to skills that will help you stand out in a professional environment, including networking, problem-solving, and professional communication skills.
  • You’ll work with a mentor who’ll help you figure out how to start making your dreams for the future a reality
  • By engaging in community service, you’ll up the ‘wow’ factor on your resume. Employers are 51% more likely to hire applicants with community service experience!
  • Before graduating from ServiceWorks, you’ll plan your own service project, giving you a chance to try out your new leadership skills and something awesome to talk about when making new professional contacts.

Here’s what it looks like: Each ServiceWorks program lasts about 11 weeks. During this time you’ll participate in a total of three service projects and a series of eight workshops focusing on different professional skills. At the end of the program, you’ll plan and execute your final service project with your peers. You’ll also meet with a mentor, who will work with you on achieving your short- and long-term goals. By the end you’ll have gained the skills and experience you need to move forward with your academic and professional goals. You’ll also have fun along the way!

To apply to ServiceWorks please complete the application and return via mail to United Way of Greater St. Louis Attn: Volunteer Center 910 N. 11th St. St. Louis, MO 63101, email as an attachment to serviceworks@stl.unitedway.org, or fax at 314-539-4154.

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For Volunteers

If you’re looking for a new way to give back to your community, ServiceWorks is a great place to start. We offer a variety of flexible volunteer opportunities that can introduce you to students and community members from all across St. Louis.

If you’re interested in being a mentor, try becoming a Success Coach. The time commitment for this position is low, making it a good fit for those new to mentorship as well as experienced mentors. As a Success Coach you’ll work with a group of 3-6 students for an hour, once a week, for 8-12 weeks. You’ll work with each student to develop their short- and long-term goals, and then facilitate group sessions in which your students work with each other to follow through on those goals.

If you’d like to try facilitation or teaching, you can become one of our Skills Trainers. As a trainer you’ll deliver pre-written workshops to groups of ServiceWorks participants. These workshops cover a variety of skills necessary for academic and professional success, including networking, professional communication, and long-term project planning. The time commitment for this position is flexible;  but, trainers must commit to leading at least three and up to ten sessions with a group. Between preparing to lead and leading the curriculum, the time commitment each week you volunteer will be between two and three hours.

We’re also always looking to engage community volunteers in service projects with our Service Scholars. If you’re looking for one-time volunteer opportunities, this is a great option. Through the project you’ll get to know our participants and engage with one of a variety of exciting community organizations. Below is a link to our current one-time opportunities posted on stlvolunteer.org

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