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'Leadership Our Mission: The Center for Leadership and Service (CLS) provides the structure and resources to prepare students
to become productive citizens and assume roles of leadership and service in a culturally diverse and increasingly complex
society. The Center fosters lifelong service and civic participation by engaging the University with its greater community in action, change
and learning. The CLS was founded on basic concepts of integration between leadership education and programs; community service and
service learning; and community engagement.
What We Do:
* Find community service opportunities for students with Provide support and resources for student service
local agencies organizations
* Connect students to internship opportunities with non- Raise awareness about community issues and civic
profit agencies engagement
* Track community service hours using tools such as Service Familiarize students with the leadership and non-profit
Learning Pro minors offered at UF
* Establish partnerships with local and national community Provide leadership workshops and conferences for
agencies students and the community
* Facilitate service learning for UF faculty Educate students about the UF Leadership Values
Statement and Leadership Framework
In More Detail:
Building Community Partnerships: The Center for Leadership and Service has formed partnerships with over 200 community agencies. The
CLS works with these agencies to involve and engage students in service and leadership roles. They provide help in assessing community needs
and organizing community projects.
Service-Learning: The CLS facilitates service learning in the classroom by: creating appropriate community partnerships, conducting in-class
orientations at the beginning of the semester, processing necessary forms, assisting and facilitating reflection processes, monitoring student
projects throughout the semester, facilitating service learning evaluations, serving as a liaison to students and community partners, and
providing on-campus faculty development opportunities.
Youth Development Programs: The CLS sponsors several programs allowing UF students to work with
children in local elementary, middle, and high schools. We have a long-standing partnership with the Alachua
County school board which allows us to strategically place student mentors where they are needed most.
Branch areas: The CLS contains several branches that serve as avenues of involvement for particular
community interests. These include community outreach, volunteer development, and civic engagement. One group, Service Ambassadors,
plans events that educate citizens about prevalent issues in order to remind individuals of their civic responsibility and to inform them of the
opportunities available to those who choose to make a difference.
Events: CLS organizes several single-day and seasonal projects which particularly target new students allowing them to experience their
community outside of campus. Such events include: Gator Plunge, Make a Difference Day, Art of Leadership, Raise Your Voice Month,
Servefest, and the Women's Leadership Conference.
Service Trips: CLS encourages national and international service as well as local. We support this by offering University approved trips
throughout the United States and abroad. The trips, planned by Florida Alternative Breaks, typically take place over spring break and each trip
focuses on a specific community issue.
Leadership Opportunities: The CLS, through groups such as LeadUF, Gatorship, and Leadershape, provides opportunities for training and
experience with leadership values including Self-Awareness, Acting with integrity, Collaboration, Inclusiveness, Controversy with civility,
Commitment, and Responsibility to others and one's community.
To Get Involved: Check out our website, come by our office, send us an email, or give us a call!