AmeriCorps is a national network of programs that engages more than 70,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet critical needs in communities throughout the nation.

Saint Leo University receives funding for three exceptional students to engage in 300 volunteer hours during the 2010-2011 year. Students in Service (SIS) student participants become part of the AmeriCorps national service network, which improves lives and strengthens communities throughout America.

What Is Students In Service?

Students in Service (SIS) began in 1997 as the HELP (Higher Education Learning Partners) program with funding from the Corporation for National & Community Service. With goals to foster civic engagement among higher education students, promote the National Service movement, and encourage positive relationships between campuses and communities, the program initially targeted students on member campuses in Washington. It later expanded to include students in California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Alaska, and Oregon. It extended its reach to a total of 21 states in 2010!

To date, thousands of SIS members have served their local communities.

Students in Service Goals

  1. Increase the number of college student volunteers and service learners
  2. Help disadvantaged youth succeed and advance along the academic continuum
  3. Develop members' and students' civic skills, attitudes and habits
  4. Improve members' and students' workforce skills
  5. Engage Veterans (college students at participating campuses) in serving their local communities
  6. Build organizational capacity at local non-profit, government and educational institutions

Ready to Get Involved?

For more information about how you can join Students In Service/AmeriCorps programs, contact the Center for Values, Service & Leadership's director, Dr. Rhondda Waddell at (352) 588-8018.

Students in Service Biographies

2011-2012 SLU Undergraduate Students in Service

Amanda Altu



Tiffany Ann Carpenter



Sherman Milton



2012 SLU Graduate Students in Service

AmyAmy Persaud is a native of Dalton, Georgia. She has a Bachelor of the Arts and Sciences with a focus in Environmental Science, and is currently working on her Masters of Arts in Theology at Saint Leo University. She hopes for a future in mission work as well as working in drama and music ministry in the near future. She has been involved with Habitat for Humanity for almost seven years now and has been on a total of five out of the country mission trips with various churches and institutions. She feels that the greatest impact in her experience was when she went on a mission trip to Jamaica and realized just how blessed she is as she walked amongst the dumps filled with rats, pigs, trash and barefoot kids ‘living’ there. This was her first mission trip and certainly not h last, but it totally changed her way of living as she reflects daily on what the children endure there on a daily basis. She hopes to continue her loving service on another mission trip this spring and prays that she will continue to have the resources to be able to go on these life-changing experiences. She cares wholeheartedly for the good of community and cares for each individual with genuine love and compassion. She prays that she can make a difference in people’s lives each and every day.

Oscar Oscar Redden is a first generation college student. His strong family orientation has been the key to all of his success. He has two sisters and one brother. His mother works as manager for Central Florida Group Homes in Orlando, Florida.His father is a manager for the U.S postal service in Lake Mary, FL. Oscar’s step-father also operates a small mobile detailing business in Orlando. He is currently working as a Resident Assistant for Saint Leo University, Oscar manages 22students in a residential hall. He is a member of the American Marketing Association, an organization based on community service, fund raising and fostering partnerships with local Tampa Bay business professionals. Oscar is actively involved in his church and community; he is a member of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church. Oscar has dedicated over 60 hours of community service to a local ranch in Dade city,Florida where he constructs wooden horse stables for miniature horses, shovel sand clear land debris. Born in Sanford, Florida, Oscar now resides in Saint Leo, Florida. In his free time he plays basketball, writes poetry, travels,swims and dances Salsa.

Yeritza Yeritza Vega is the first and youngest woman to complete a collegiate degree. She graduated Saint Leo University on April 30th, 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry and a Leadership Certificate.Yeritza was recognized with an award by the student body as the student who represents the core value Respect for All People 2011’. Throughout her college experience Yeritza held executive positions in multiple student-run organizations such as: La FAMILIA, SISTUHS Inc., International Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, SERVE, SAID and many more. As an elite leader Yeritza has engaged in several community outreach programs and has served communities locally, nationally, and internationally. She was elected to represent her class in Saint Leo University’s President Circle. She was also nominated to attend the Presidential Inauguration in 2009 and participated in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in South Africa. In all of her rewarding experiences, Yeritza has developed a passion to continue to provide volunteer services to the under served populations. Currently, she is a Graduate Assistant in Service Learning and is now earning her Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a concentration on Health care Management.