About Semester of Service
Semester of Service began in January 2002 as a joint effort between the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community and Campus Ministry. The program builds on community contacts and experiences gained during the seven years the University of Dayton administered the SWEAT (Serve With Energy and Talent) AmeriCorps Program and Campus Ministry's Summer of Service Program.
- Stipend of $9 per hour, to cover room and board ($4,050 per semester)
- Ability to continue living in student housing during the course of Semester of Service
- Earn three mini-course credits for the service-learning course that accompanies the direct service
- Work full-time at a social service agency in Dayton
- Gain new skills and experience to improve resume
- Ability to explore career paths prior to graduation
- Meet other students with similar interests
- Participate in meaningful work, with fun people
- Intentional community living during the summer program
- Opportunity for an additional 3-6 internship/independent study credits with the social science departments
- AmeriCorps Education Award of $1,468 to be used for costs of education, funds permitting
The mission of Semester of Service is to expand the worldview of participants while empowering them to become advocates for social change. Through experiential education, intentional community, and support from local agencies, the Semester of Service program provides students a unique atmosphere for learning and reflecting while serving in the community.
In choosing to take a semester away from classes, students participate in 450 hours of service in Dayton non-profit community centers, after school programs, and organizations addressing homelessness issues. While serving full-time (37-40 hours a week), students participate in a three hour mini-course each week addressing social justice issues that are encountered while serving in the Dayton community. Recruitment for the program occurs during the term prior to a student's full-time Semester of Service.