Service-Learning Initiative

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The Service-Learning Initiative (SLI) is a unique student-led introduction to service-learning and the local Chapel Hill-Carrboro community. SLI introduces incoming first-year and transfer students to service and we are excited to expand this program to include an additional SLI opportunity open to all students at Carolina.

SLI: Launch (Aug. 14-16, 2019) takes place at the beginning of fall semester and is open to new Carolina students. Each year, over three days in the week before classes start, participants learn about and work with APPLES community partners, become more aware of local social justice issues, form lasting friendships with other engaged students and are introduced to reflection as a tool for making meaning out of service experiences.

SLI: Engage is a weekend service-learning experience and is open to all students at Carolina. This program includes service in the community, conversations and activities about sustainability, and discussions on how to continue being engaged as a public servant not just in college, but during summer vacations or after graduation. Applications for SLI: Engage 2020 will open in the spring 2020 semester.

SLI participants are also introduced to other campus and community service organizations and become connected with a network of current students who may help during their Carolina experience. Many participants become involved with other components of the APPLES Service-Learning program or choose to be involved with planning and leading future SLI programs. There is a non-refundable fee associated with SLI and need-based financial assistance may be available upon request.

See What to Expect for a draft schedule. Check out the video to learn more from SLI participants.


To participate in SLI: Launch, a student must:

  • Be an incoming first-year or transfer student at Carolina
  • Submit an online application
  • Pay a $60 non-refundable program fee, once accepted
  • Move into the residence halls on the morning of the Wednesday before classes start
  • Be ready to learn a lot and have tons of fun!

Out-of-state students must attend a University first-year orientation session prior to the program. Students who need financial assistance to participate in SLI should contact Becca Bender.

To participate in SLI: Engage, a student must:

  • Be a current undergraduate student at Carolina
  • Submit an online application
  • Pay the required $15 program fee, once accepted
  • Be available for the entirety of the program weekend and actively engage and participate
  • Be ready to learn how to engage in continued service and have fun!


Applications for SLI: Launch 2019 are currently open. Please visit the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal to apply by July 12, 2019.

For more information, contact

The Carolina Center for Public Service at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for its events and programs. If you need accommodations, please contact or call 919-962-0902. Every reasonable effort will be made to implement accommodations in an effective and timely manner.