Leadership for Life Service Program

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L4L LogoThe First Year

The Leadership for Life Service Wing, also known as L4L, is a service and leadership community within the UIS Residence Halls. Students admitted to L4L take a class together, commit to doing service together and are encouraged to live on the L4L floor. Students focus on experiences in five core areas including: Community Awareness, Youth and Education, Sustainability, Public Health, and Hunger and Homelessness. The purpose of the program is to provide a positive environment through which students can take the first steps toward a lifelong commitment to community involvement.

Students on Alternative Spring Break completing beach clean-up


Beyond the First Year

After the first year, L4L members become eligible for positions on the Executive Board and as Committee Chairs for activities in the core service areas. Executive Board Members work with the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center to steer the overall program. Committee Chairs work throughout the year to assist first year students in their respective core areas. These positions provide students with opportunities to enrich their service experience by becoming leaders among their peers.

How do I apply?

  1. Leadership for Life students partnering with the Central Illinois Foodbank at a Healthy Foods Give Away

    Students planning to live on campus in Leadership for Life Housing, should complete a housing application and check the box for Leadership for Life. (If you have already completed the housing application and didn’t check the L4L box or do not wish to live on the L4L wing skip to step 2)

  2. Fill out the Leadership for Life online application form.  Admission to the program is on a rolling basis.  Application by July 1 is recommended, however, applications may be submitted at any time as long as the program is not at capacity.
  3. Once your application has been submitted, the Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center will contact you to schedule a brief phone interview.
  4. If you are selected for the program you will be given permission to enroll in the Leadership for Life First Semester Course, IPL 202-Service Immersion.  (This course fulfills an Engaged Citizenship Common Experience requirement at UIS in the area of Engagement Experience.)  Once registration for this course is complete, either at orientation or online, the University Housing Office will assign your room and will notify you of your assignment.


For details about the Leadership for Life Service Wing, application process, or service opportunities, contact the Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center.

For questions about housing policies and procedures, please contact the UIS Residence Life Office.