Building Skills Through Service

Volunteering — especially in a leadership role — is a great way for college students to build skills that can be transferred to their future careers. You are in a good position to help SVLs get training and coaching that will help them succeed as leaders, and to encourage them to take advantage of the development opportunities that come with serving in a volunteer leadership role.


In this section we discuss how to support the development of student volunteer leaders by:

  • Training leaders to develop necessary skills
  • Providing flexibility in position descriptions
  • Coaching students
  • Delegating successfully
  • Creating “signature” projects
  • Expanding your resources
  • Formalizing the experience