Service Leadership Seminar

Service Leadership Seminar 2018 cohort

Since 2002 when the Service Leadership Seminar was founded, almost 1,000 students have found it to be a place where friendship and meaningful service leader education come together to create an unforgettable experience. The week before fall move-in, SLS will invite 49 applicants to join that community. 

Students looking to an SLS facilitator for instruction on the activity.
SLS student participants engaging in an activity.
SLS student participants supporting each other through an obstacle course exercise.

What to Expect

Over the first four days of the seminar participants will explore general service, environmental & animal/non-human service, domestic human service, and international (locally-based) human service. On each day, campus presentations and workshops will be incorporated to assist with predicting and connecting on-campus experiences with community engagement. On the fifth day participants will make meaning of their time with the seminar by presenting out how they plan to further develop their service leadership passions.

Your Role

As you apply to be a participant, it is important you understand what being a participant means. For participation in the Service Leadership Seminar to be rewarding, it requires commitment and dedication. In addition to daily service and reflection, you will also be required to challenge preconceived notions about the way in which we engage in and perform service. SLS refers to its attendees as participants, in recognition of their role in co-creating a meaningful seminar. Participants must participate. We also acknowledge that SLS is one method of moving in to campus early, but participants who have used this as their primary motivation for involvement in the past have not had as fulfilling experiences as those who wanted to learn about how to grow their service leadership identity, capacity, and efficacy.

Hear what Service Leadership Seminar is all about by watching this video:

What’s Included

SLS participants will receive all seminar materials free of charge.

Participants should plan for most meals to be self-purchased at local dining establishments as part of the Seminar schedule. Both monetary and dietary restrictions will be considered when selecting meal locations. Expected cost for the week may be approximately $75.

Any provided meals will be vegetarian, and additional dietary restrictions will be accommodated as able. 


Applications are currently closed. The application window typically opens in late spring and closes in July.

Facilitate SLS

Beginning in the fall of 2021, students will be able to learn how to facilitate within the Service Leadership Seminar and Florida State Alternative Breaks by enrolling in IDS1107 – Exploring Service Leadership. This one-credit Engage100 course is designed for first year students but is open to all Florida State undergraduates. A spring section of IDS1107 – Exploring Service Leadership is planned. Course participants will be assigned a mentor from previous SLS/FSAB facilitators and will later have the opportunity to mentor future course participants.

A non-course facilitator development program will be launched in the Spring 2022 for those not wishing to enroll in IDS1107-Exploring Service Leadership.

The 2022 Service Leadership Seminar facilitator application will open in the late spring 2022.

Coordinate SLS

SLS Student Coordinators are crucial in planning the seminar, creating a positive and meaningful experience for participants, and assisting in evaluating the program after the week has ended. Student coordinators work as a team to create the positive mood for the week, execute many of the week’s logistics, as well as represent the center and its programs.

Apply by Sept. 20 at 10 a.m.


Contact us

For questions about Service Leadership Seminar, email

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