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SERVICE LEARNING HOURS ARE NO LONGER REQUIRED TO GRADUATE

It is a great idea for students to volunteer at nonprofit organizations.  This volunteering will not only help students get paying jobs, it will also help to get scholarships, and help students get admitted in to colleges and universities.  Students are not required to turn in Service Learning Logs for graduation, but all students can keep track of their own volunteer hours by keeping a Volunteer Notebook or Folder with all of the hours volunteered.  This way it will be easy to pull out that information when students are applying for a job, a scholarship, or for college.

College admissions counselors and scholarship committee members look for sustained volunteering over a long period of time to demonstrate both passion and commitment. Students can volunteer at non-profit organizations (for example the Red Cross, public libraries, museums, Boys and Girls Clubs, Police PAL sites, elementary and middle schools, sports groups like AYSO and Pop Warner, and the Special Olympics).  You may not volunteer at a for-profit business.  You are not to provide free labor for such places as an office, grocery store, department store, or restaurant.

Remember to keep your completed Student Service Learning Logs in a safe place, like a three-ring binder, so that you can access it easily when you are filling out scholarship or college applications.

What are the benefits of volunteering for teens?

1.  It's proven to make people happier.  Teenagers who enjoy social activities, like volunteering, are happier than those who don't participate.  Researchers found that 15 to 15 year olds who enjoy helping others are less likely to become depressed.

2.  Volunteers gain professional experience.  The work and training that teens receive through volunteer work will help determine their strengths and areas that may need improvement.  Through working with non-profit agencies, volunteers learn about the functions and operations of companies and pressing social issues.

3.  It provides more flexibility and options.  There are opportunities and choices right outside your front door.  While areas in paid positions may be limited before you have a lot of work experience, there are lots of different areas where you can volunteer.  As long as it's something you believe it, volunteering will foster your interests.

4.  Valuable volunteer experience makes great topics of conversation, can help you get a paying job, and can inspire student to write insightful college essays.  Adults view high school students as more mature and responsible after completing volunteer work.  You are more likely to get hired, more likely to earn scholarships, and more likely to get into college when you volunteer regularly.

5.  You can make a positive difference. By volunteering, teens have the chance to make a difference in their community while gaining a lot from the experience.

Gildon, Jenny
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News

Volunteer Opportunity - Operation Gratitude Soldier Letter (12/5 Deadline)
Drop a note of thanks, whether it’s a letter or a postcard, and share your appreciation to our troops overseas and it will be sent via the military support group, Operation Gratitude.  You can drop off your letter(s) by the December 5th... Continue
Posted by: Jenny Gildon
Published: 11/17/14

Volunteer Opportunity - 30-Minute Beach Cleanup
THE 30-MINUTE BEACH CLEANUP MEETS on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 10:00 am at 1 S. Granada Avenue at Ocean Boulevard in Belmont Shore, to help rid the beach of trash and debris. All ages are welcome. Free parking is available as well as trash... Continue
Posted by: Jenny Gildon
Published: 9/18/14