PATHWAYS TO SERVICE

The Pathways to Service describe the variety of ways people can use their knowledge, skills, and talents to improve their communities. Many of these pathways overlap, allowing you diverse experiences to help you determine which pathways are the best fit for you.

 



Volunteer
Works with those in need of assistance or addresses a need of the broader community

Examples:
     Assist senior citizens with their taxes
     Provide help in homeless shelter
     Assist a local agency with a marketing plan or social media

 



Mentor / Educator
Guides others in their development and learning

Examples:
     Provide music/dance/art lessons
     Tutor, mentor or coach youth
     Teach English as a second language

 



Advocate
Creates awareness and action on issues that impact the community

Examples:
     Organize a letter writing campaign or petition drive
     Produce a public service announcement raising awareness about an
     issue

     Design and display posters highlighting a cause and need for action

 



Policy Shaper
Influences and shapes decisions for the public interest through policies and laws

Examples:
     Lobby on behalf of a community issue
     Draft legislation that helps or protects the community
     Run for political office

 



Researcher
Gathers and presents findings that inform action on issues that affect the community

Examples:
     Conduct energy audits in public buildings
     Test water to assist with restoration efforts
     Conduct research for a community organization

 



Social Innovator
Uses knowledge and skills to create ideas and strategies that address social issues

Examples:
     Create an online tool to help citizens report broken infrastructure
     Build an app that shows all of the accessibility entrances on campus
    

 

 

Adapted from the Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement, Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University.