Student Participation

Offer your growing skills and knowledge for a healthier Indy

As a PARCS student participant, you'll apply your passion for health and wellness to change lives in the Indianapolis community.

You'll improve your skills and enhance your resume while working—and networking—with people in your field of interest.

You'll also get the personal satisfaction of helping people you might have never met otherwise. The program is designed to promote lifetime physical fitness and wellness to families, while exposing students to diverse populations and unfamiliar situations.

Become a PARCS volunteer

Many students volunteer with PARCS to make an impact in the community, sharpen their skills, strengthen their applications for graduate or professional school, and meet scholarship requirements.

All volunteers must pass a background check each academic year and complete a volunteer application form. Background check forms are available online for Marion County residents.

For more information about volunteering at PARCS, contact Allison Plopper.

Take a PARCS course

More than 200 undergraduate students participate in PARCS for academic credit each semester. These courses allow you to address social and class issues and meet the needs of low-income communities.

Receive entry-level cardiovascular and resistance training experience working with PARCS, in addition to general communication skills and exposure to a diverse population of people. You'll be required to attend a total of eight hours over the course of the semester. 

Create, lead, and evaluate group fitness classes PARCS offers, while receiving general communication skills and exposure to a diverse population of people. You'll be required to attend a total of 10 hours over the course of the semester.

Work as a personal trainer in the PARCS program. You'll be required to attend two hours each week over the course of the semester.

Join the general fitness center staff and receive entry-level experience with general communication skills and exposure to a diverse population of people. You'll be required to attend 10 hours over the course of the semester.