Uniting students and community through a shared purpose
Did you know that volunteering can boost your academic performance and workplace skills? Get involved to gain skills and experience while helping organizations reach their goals and build better communities. Locate volunteer opportunities on- and off-campus, locally and regionally in either a group or individual capacity.
Contribute your time, skills, insights and energy to organizations and communities who need your help. Be an ambassador for yourself, your program and your school and give back to your community while learning transferrable skills.
Build your community and make a difference in the lives of others. Find a cause you care about or a population that you would like to serve and jump into volunteer service.
Support a cause
Increase social awareness
Meet new people
Enjoy better health
Gain self confidence
Learn through service
Apply your academic training in a real world environment. Write a business proposal, create a marketing strategy or do data analysis for an organization that needs support.
Develop transferable skills
Gain work experience
Explore career options
Develop a professional network
Earn a reference
Improve your resume
Advance your academics
Make an impact
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Student Success Leaders
Polish your leadership skills and grow confidence in your abilities on-campus through the Student Success Leader (SSL) program. As an SSL, you will develop your leadership through volunteering and providing support to students in 3 – 5 hours a week.
Our supervisors are campus professionals who offer our SSLs guidance, support, and unit-specific training throughout the school year. Supervisors and SSLs work together to identify and reflect upon the leadership skills developed through the program.
With the support of their supervisor, all SSLs will begin their placement by setting learning goals and highlight the experiences they want to gain.
Unit supervisors act as mentors and coach SSLs as they work towards achieving personal leadership goals.
SSLs participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, including a workshop of the student’s choice in the first semester.
More than a volunteer program
This is a leadership development program with a volunteering component. The SSL program is designed to help McMaster students learn and hone leadership skills and enhance their confidence to lead and work with others. Given the competitive application process, there is an expectation that SSLs will go beyond the expectations of volunteer placements.
Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year are now closed. Check back in December 2018 for updated application information for the 2019-2020 academic year.