Perfect for a summer community service project or FALL ORIENTATION!
Building Leaders Through Service® (BLTS) is a program designed to instill in students a life-long commitment to community service involvement, servant leadership, service learning, and personal development.
Connecting your students in a disconnected world.
BLTS revolves around Dave’s personal experience that leadership can be developed through the commitment to public life, a sense of civic responsibility and learning to serve others. This fun and highly interactive session will show you how to engage your campus in leaders in a different, fun, and meaningful way!
In this highly interactive training and hands-on session your students will connect with the concept of being a servant leader. They will also learn that “little things mean a lot” and that community service can become second nature to them. Lastly, they will be asked to make a commitment to serving others in ways of importance to them.
Schedule this program for: Day of Service Programs ▪ Campus Community Service Programs ▪ New Student Orientation ▪ Parent, Sibling, Family and Alumni Weekends ▪ Student Leadership Conferences ▪ Greek Leadership Programs ▪ ALL STUDENT-LED ORGANIZATIONS.
BLTS MODULES: BLTS works great as a stand-alone program and also as a perfect part of Orientation programs, Welcome Back Weeks, Family and Alumni Weekends, leadership retreats and conferences, and as a way to de-stress during exam times. The program is customized to fit your campus community service project objectives and your time slot from ½ day to 2 full days. Choose from the following modules based on your desired learning outcomes:
- Servant Leadership for Students – RECALL the 4 key areas of servant leadership. DIFFERENTIATE between ‘service’ and ‘serve us’ and INTEGRATE selfless service into their leadership style.
- Planning & Conducting Service Projects and Fundraisers – DISTINGUISH the difference between service projects and fundraisers. RECALL the steps to successful service projects and fundraisers. PLAN an actual service project or fundraiser for your campus.
- Being a Positive Force for Change – EXPLORE and CRITIQUE historical forms of advocacy and activism. IDENTIFY personal and team strengths. LIST constructive ways and opportunities for advocacy on your campus. EMPLOY effective ways to advocate for yourself, your organization, your mission.
- 30 Minutes or Less Service Plunge – EXPERIENCE working at 4-5 tables/stations of drive-by service projects. ENGAGE with other students motivated to serve. DUPLICATE these easy to execute projects to benefit campus and community.
- BLTS® Campus Support Network – NETWORK with other service-minded students and campuses across the country. ACCESS expert support for your ongoing campus service projects. PLAN, EXECUTE and MONITOR a campus community service activity and involvement goal for the following 12 month period.
You can add other elements to the day, such as a large scale Day of Service or Service Fair involving local service agencies and campus service organizations, and/or a “thank you” concert or comedy performance in the evening.
NOTE: Any of the above modules can also be delivered as a stand-alone ½ day program.
Successful campus service projects and fundraisers, big or small, do not just happen. They are put together in a way that maximizes results, involves lots of members and volunteers, and provides tangible benefits to the recipients of the service or funds. This program is presented by a community service advocate with more than 50,000 hours of service performed and prepared in conjunction with a professional meeting planner who knows how to insure success of events – from a service survey to SWOT analysis to creating a timeline that covers all possibilities. Interactive and fun, this program provides a template to successful campus fundraising and service projects.
Additional benefits of the BLTS program include:
- REACH your campus’ community service goals and objectives.
- ENGAGE students in new ideas and perspectives on servant leadership.
- EXCITE, ENERGIZE, and MAXIMIZE student involvement in your campus’ organizations and community service activities!
- INCREASE RETENTION and SATISFACTION in your students while enhancing their educational experience.
- AN IMPROVED LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE enhances opportunities for students to be engaged and involved on campus.
Here is what one Orientation Coordinator wrote after Dave’s program for New Student Day of Service in August, 2011:
“This fall, Marian University approached Dave to help us kick off a service learning initiative within the First Year Experience program. Dave presented to approximately 60% of our incoming freshmen – students eager to better understand how to incorporate service into their college experience. While Day of Service is an annual program for our university, Dave’s presentation added exactly what we needed to help students understand that service isn’t just something you do to feel good – it’s something that can truly be a part of who you are.
Dave’s presentation was engaging, thought provoking, and inspirational. He helped the class of 2015 kick off the year in style – with memories of a service and learning that will be a part of their Marian University experience.”
– Angelia Zielke, Director of Student Success & Retention
Marian University, Indianapolis, IN