Leadership for Life Service Program

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L4L LogoThe Freshman Year

The Leadership for Life Service Wing, also known as L4L, is a service and leadership community within the UIS Residence Halls. Freshmen admitted to L4L live together, take a class together, and commit to doing service together. Students focus on service 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 new students can take the first steps toward a lifelong commitment to community involvement.


Beyond the Freshman Year

After the freshman year, L4L members become eligible for positions on the Executive Board and as Committee Chairs for each of 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 create and implement service projects in their respective core area. These positions provide students with opportunities to enrich their service experience by becoming leaders among their peers.

How do I apply?

  1. 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, it’s fine, just skip to step 2)
  2. Fill out the Leadership for Life online application form. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year are due by July 1, 2019 (admission is on a rolling basis so apply early to have the best chances).
  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.