First-Year Student Opportunities

Five students making a design on the floor at a local school.

The Center for Service and Action (CSA) is committed to enriching the first-year student experience at Loyola Marymount University through a variety of service events and organizations.

2021-2022 Events

CSA Open House

September 8, 10am-4pm at St. Robert's Annex and the CSA Office 

Come meet the CSA team and your fellow lions! We are excited to share more on the work we do and the events we will be hosting this academic year. Ask us about the Alternative Breaks program, the Service Organization Community, Community Based-Learning courses, the LMU Food Pantry and more. 


September 11 and 18 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Alma Backyard Farms

Register for the largest service day of the year! Join your fellow first-year students and student leaders for a day of service at Alma Backyard Farms. Help to reclaim the lives of formerly incarcerated people through repurposing urban land into bountiful farmland and a reimagined Los Angeles. Space is limited. We will provide food, t-shirts, and transportation. Participants will receive more details as the date approaches. Space is limited, RSVP on LEO.

AB Info Night

September 8, 6-7pm at the Living Room in Malone

September 14, 7-8pm at the Living Room in Malone

September 23, 7-8pm at Palm North Hall 169

Are you interested in immersion trips? Come to one of our information sessions to find out more about the Alternative Breaks program. The AB team will be happy to answer your questions and share on what the trip options will be for this year. Don't miss out! RSVP on LEO.

More Service Opportunities

  • LMU's Alternative Break Program is to promote service and cultural exchange on the local, national, and international level through hands-on, community based learning.

    Learn more about the Alternative Breaks Program.

  • El Espejo serves to educate, mentor, and establish a bond with inner city youth in order to promote a better understanding of the possibilities of personal and intellectual growth. It provides leadership, support advice and awareness on crucial issues facing the Latino community.

    Learn more about El Espejo.

  • CSA created a series of day-long immersion trips to different parts of L.A. targeted at first year students.  These immersions provide an opportunity for first year students to get to know L.A. through a social justice lens and meet other first year students also passionate about service.  Each immersion is focused on a particular community in L.A., highlights one specific social injustice that is prevalent, and then connects students with local nonprofits and activists who are actively working against these injustices in their community.  The goal is to uplift the justice work already being done in these communities, and offer students an opportunity to become more educated about the issue and get involved, all while exploring Los Angeles and meeting new people. 

  • Each Service Organization has its own unique mission, history, charisma and organizational structure. The members of these organizations make themselves available for on-campus service as well as on-going commitments to serve at specific non-profit agencies in Southern California.

    Learn more about Service Organizations.

  • Special games is a student-run, non-profit organization that was founded as a day of celebration for the mentally and physically challenged of the Los Angeles community. Special Games brings together the special needs community of Los Angeles and the University for three days of fun, friendship and personal growth.

    Learn more about Special Games.

For more information, email us at and we would be happy to help you find the placement/opportunity that is right for you.