March 24, 2017

“I’ll Do It!” – Say it and make the most of your opportunities

I have been involved in the Kiwanis Family, an organization dedication to community service for 35 years. I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and I joined the Key Club (high school level) at my high school when I was a sophomore because I liked the advisor and I decided that if he thought it was worthwhile, then I wanted to be a part of it. I did some projects and was pretty active, but I didn’t have a clue about the whole Key Club universe. That changed in the spring of my junior year I … [Read more...]

Drive-by community service projects… and nobody gets hurt!

Drive-by service opportunities are not quite what they sound like and provide immediate benefit to your campus' local community. They are projects that are ready-made for students, faculty and staff to jump right into, take only a few minutes, and provide solid impact. They are accomplished by partnering with local or national community service groups such as Habitat for Humanity, the United Way, Special Olympics, Food for the Poor, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, to name a few. Though I've … [Read more...]

How to Serve Your Community All Year Long

SERVANT LEADERSHIP is a topic I train student leaders in that is popular all year round. Most years I am called on to do a service training at least once every month of the year. I help campus clubs and organizations identify and organize community service projects and show them how to get their members and campus involved in a meaningful way. And as a dedicated servant leader with a lifelong commitment to serving others, it’s good news to me that there seems to be no WRONG TIME of the year to … [Read more...]

5 Self-made volunteer opportunities for business students

The biggest worry that many soon-to-be college graduates often have is their lack of relevant work experience to put on their resume and discuss in job interviews. Employers want to see previous experience because they want to know that your skills have been proven and tested. By having previous experience when they ask you, “Why should I hire you?” you can go beyond just telling them about your GPA or the classes you took in school; you can show them how you applied what you learned in a … [Read more...]

Setting the Table for Community Service at Orientation

Getting students involved in community service and instilling the energy of servant leadership on your campus during orientation is a great idea. Especially if your clubs and organizations have a requirement for community service, there's no better time than orientation to get everybody thinking about serving right from the start. However, coordinating a single project that gets hundreds and even thousands of students involved at one time is a challenge. You want to ensure everyone participates … [Read more...]

A Day of Service at Georgian Court University

I had the honor of working with over 100 women at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, NJ on January 17, 2011, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It was the third annual leadership conference for the students and the focus was on community service. It was a fun and exciting event and the enthusiasm of the women warmed up a cold January day! My part of the program was to present “Building Leaders Through Service®” as an interactive, two-hour leadership seminar in the morning. My approach was … [Read more...]

Dave Kelly’s Top 10 Absolute Promises

"When you book me on your campus as a student leadership or community service speaker, here’s what you get…" COLLEGE SPEAKER SPOTLIGHT 1. No diva behavior! I promise to be the easiest speaker/artist you will ever work with. My technical needs are simple: a power point projector, screen, and a microphone. I will bring my own laptop or use yours, it does not matter to me. Dependent upon the size of the group and/or the venue, I may not even need the microphone. A little water and I am … [Read more...]

Helpful Mobile Apps for Trips Abroad

By Kelsey Churgin Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling experiences throughout your college career. Living overseas is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but can also be overwhelming since you are stepping out of your comfort zone. However, instead of pumping the brakes on your desire to travel, learn to live like a local and embrace the culture around you. Thankfully, there are several apps that will ease your anxiety and help you navigate the roads less traveled. … [Read more...]

Kick Off a Mindset of Service and Success at Orientation

I remember my new student orientation program as though it were yesterday (it wasn’t). All of the incoming freshmen - yes, once upon a time, new students were called freshmen (not First Years, New Students, Post-Secondary Initiates, etc) - gathered in Albee Hall on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. We were given some basic rules and 'do nots' of the university and then were organized into groups of ten with an experienced student - I don’t think he was even called Orientation … [Read more...]

Never Fear, Service is Here!

I stood there frozen with fear. I was about to go out in front of an audience that was not willing to sit still. They squirmed. They were talking amongst themselves. They were ready for a show and I was going to have to give it to them. Why, oh why did I agree to this? Was I crazy? Did I have a death wish? I was going to have to keep an audience of 25 entertained for up to half an hour. I wasn’t sure I could do it. Did I bring the right materials? Would my voice hold out? Would they … [Read more...]