Ways to Serve
The Center for Student Action is composed of local, national, and international programs committed to educating and mobilizing students toward responsible and transformational service.
Each year, the Center for Student Action sends more than 300 students, faculty, staff, and alumni out locally and around the world to partner with long-term and national workers to meet the whole-person needs of communities. Programs include, but are not limited to, educational development, orphan work, conversational English teaching, prayer ministry, mobile medical care clinics, anti-human and sex trafficking, and more. These transformational experiences offer rich perspectives on how to express your faith by praying, going, sending, and welcoming others in the name of Jesus Christ.
In 1998, honorable Mayor Joe Rocha approached Azusa Pacific University administrators and suggested the university establish a scholarship program aimed at attracting the best graduating seniors from Azusa Unified School District. The partnership between APU and Rocha resulted in the university launching the Celebrate Azusa/Nancy Moore Scholarship, also known as Azusa Scholars. The Azusa Scholars Program is designed to develop the recipients’ leadership skills and to promote community service involvement, particularly in the city of Azusa. The Program encompasses a variety of events designed to facilitate the students’ personal, professional, academic, and spiritual growth through the use of faculty and community speakers, team-building activities, off-campus service projects, and individually-assigned mentoring relationships.
H.I.S.years (Hearing. Investing. Serving.) is a sending program that annually coordinates students who are ready and willing to serve overseas with Christ-based community development/mission organizations that work with unreached/least reached people groups for two years after graduation.
Local Engagement exists to serve with strategic community partners from Azusa to Los Angeles. Our students truly love their neighbors and share the redemptive hope of Christ through opportunities ranging from anti-human trafficking, youth tutoring and mentorship, and elderly ministry. We accomplish this by connecting students with ongoing and one-time serve opportunities during Fall and Spring semesters.
Mexico Outreach was founded on the principle that young people of all ages can be effective in sharing the Gospel. As a part of the Action Teams program, CSA mobilizes hundreds of APU students to serve and minister in Mexico annually.