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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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