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Working with Student Employees - Federal Work-Study and Community Service

As part of the requirements of the Federal Work-Study program, a percentage of on-campus jobs must fulfill a Community Service requirement. Community Service is any work a student or department performs for a community other than the University of Maine community in a non-profit manner. Please let the Office of Student Employment know if your student is performing work with outside communities so we may code their job appropriately.

Community services are defined as services that are identified by an institution of higher education through formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations, as designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income individuals, or to solve particular problems related to their needs. These services include:

The definition of community services includes the terms “service opportunity” and “youth corps program.” Section 101 of the National and Community Service Act of 1990 defines the terms as follows:

Service Opportunity — A program or project, including a service learning program or project, that enables students or out-of-school youth to perform meaningful and constructive service in agencies, institutions, and situations where the application of human talent and dedication may help to meet human, educational, linguistic, and environmental community needs, especially those relating to poverty.

Youth Corps Program — A program, such as a conservation corps or youth service program, that offers full-time, productive work (to be financed through stipends) with visible community benefits, in a natural resource or human service setting and that gives participants a mix of work experience, basic and life skills, education, training, and support services.

The definition of “community services” includes service in agencies, institutions, and activities that are designated in Section 124(a) of the National and Community Service Act (NASA) of 1990:

1. Conservation corps programs that focus on:

2. Human services corps programs that include service in:

3. Programs that encompass the focus and services described in both paragraphs (1) and (2).

*Source: National Student Employment Association

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