Leaders in Community Services, better known as the LCS program is a registered student organization dedicated to serving the Springfield community that is headquartered within the Student Employment Office. Today we’ll talk about what LCS is, How to apply, and why it’s such a great program.
- LCS runs through the Student Employment Office.
- LCS members work at non-profit organizations within the Springfield Community.
- Applications close March 12th, 2021!
For more information, Keep reading…
What is LCS?
Leaders in community service is a registered student organization run by the Student Employment Office that is dedicated to serving the Springfield community. It was established in 1994 as a complement to the Federal Work-Study program. LCS is a unique program that allows students to serve an average of 10-12 hours a week with an area non-profit agency for the fall and spring semesters of the academic year as their work-study assignment. Through their participation, LCS members broaden their educational experience and awareness of community needs along with providing valuable services, insights, and energy to the Springfield community. In addition to serving a non-profit agency, the students also participate in at least one service project in the community each semester. Overall the LCS program is a great opportunity for students looking for meaningful work.
If I became a part of LCS, what would I do?
LCS students work with an area non-profit agency for the academic year, August-May, as their work-study assignment. LCS members are paid by Missouri State through the Federal Work-Study program, at $11.90 per hour for approximately 10-12 hours per week (excluding University holidays). This includes service in the community, participation in all training sessions, attendance at all scheduled meetings, and other planned events.
How do I apply to be a part of the LCS program?
If you’re looking to be a part of the LCS program, we have great news! At the time of this being posted, the application to join the program (2021-2022) is now open! Hurry and apply because applications close on March 12th. Listed below are a few reminders to determine your eligibility for the program. Keep in mind that LCS members are a select group of Missouri State University work-study students who are chosen through a comprehensive application and interview process.
Leaders in Community Services Qualifications:
- Must complete the application and interview process
- Must maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
- Be enrolled in and complete 12 credit hours per semester
- Must be eligible for the amount of Federal Work-Study needed for the LCS year.
Is LCS Worth it?
While of course, we think the LCS program is awesome, we’re not the only ones! Watch this testimonial video to hear past LCS members talk about their experiences. Many LCS members feel that they are doing meaningful work that is really helping to prepare them for their future careers. For more information about the LCS program, visit our Leaders in Community Services webpage, and feel free to contact our Graduate Assistant who runs the program, Marli Sims.
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