A major component of the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars Program is service. One factor evaluated when high school students are applying for the program is their community involvement. Once selected as a Luckyday Scholar, students are asked to volunteer at least 20 hours each semester beginning the spring of their freshman year.
Service that may be counted towards Luckyday hours includes:
- Service in the greater Hattiesburg area
- Service with a non-profit organization that is meeting a need in the community
- Direct service
- Service that answers the questions posed by Robert Greenleaf in his test of servant leadership:
- Do those served grow as persons?
- Do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?
- What is the effect on the least privileged in society--will they benefit, or at least, not be further deprived?
Service should be completed inside the semester, between the dates of class beginning and finals ending. All service should be completed by the end of the spring semester. All service hours may be logged through the Luckyday OrgSync account.
We have compiled a list of agencies as suggestions of places to serve in the greater Hattiesburg area. We will update the listing as we hear of new opportunities and notice changes that need to be made with existing agencies.
We also recommend the Center for Community and Civic Engagement. They stay in contact with local agencies and help to organize service days throughout the semester. Their office is located in the Hub, room 104. They also manage an online site called GiveGab, where they and organizations in the community post volunteer needs. Visit the Southern Miss GiveGab page to find out more!