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Students are asked to identify community service learning opportunities that meet the needs of members of our community (i.e. women and children, elderly, veterans, differently-abled, people experiencing homelessness) OR that address social justice issues (i.e. environmental justice, racial justice, women’s rights, etc). We encourage each student to explore their own gifts and passions as they explore various opportunities for service and justice.
All grade levels can participate in any of the following towards their service requirement.
*Seniors are asked to focus on one justice issue, though they can serve and learn about different organizations and populations affected by that issue. They will participate in reflection groups and demonstrate their learning by presenting at the Young Women’s Advocacy Summit in the spring semester. For more information, click here.
|Service (in person or virtual): meeting a direct need or supporting a human relationship||Advocacy (in person or virtual): understanding and raising awareness of “what is” and “what should be” as it relates to individuals, a community and/or system.|
In person service: Examples include food distribution, supply packing, neighborhood clean ups, etc.*Each family must discuss these options together, determine their comfort level, and follow the health and safety protocols of the organization you choose to partner with.
|In person advocacy: Examples include participating in a public event (march/rally, speaking engagement, prayer service)|
|Virtual service: Examples include virtual tutoring, phone calls to the elderly, etc.||Virtual advocacy: Examples include communicating with government officials, participating in online events, letters to newspapers, raising awareness on social media, creating and sharing artwork|
|Home Projects: Students may identify a project that is not coordinated by an outside organization, like making masks, helping an elderly neighbor, making dinner for your family|
|Social Justice Education: Examples include reading books, articles or attending virtual webinars or conferences about social justice issues.|
*Campus ministry will regularly publish upcoming opportunities that qualify towards students’ service learning requirement. Here are a few recommendations to help you get started! Additionally, students are encouraged to add their ideas and share opportunities with one another here!*
Submission Benchmarks - Timeline:
Students are to complete the minimum number of hours as indicated below; they are strongly encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements for the good of the community. All contributions should be reported through x2VOL.
|Grade Level||Semester One Deadline||Semester Two Final Deadline|
|9th Grade||minimum of 5 hours submitted with verification by January 15||minimum total of 10 hours submitted and verified by May 1|
|10th Grade||minimum 6 hours submitted with verification by Jan 15||minimum total of 12 hours submitted and verified by May 1|
|11th Grade||a minimum 7 hours submitted with verification by Jan 15||minimum total of 15 hours submitted and verified by May 1|
For a more detailed timeline, click here.
- a minimum 10 hrs submitted with verification by Jan 15
- attendance at small group reflection session in February
- presentation in March
minimum total of 20 hours submitted and verified by March 15
*The Young Women’s Advocacy Summit is currently scheduled for the week of March 22, 2021.
Students will log and track their service by making submissions on x2VOL. Detailed instructions for finding opportunities and logging service hours can be found here.
Verifying Service Hours:
Students who work directly with a community partner, and have the business email of their point person, will submit the email address of their contact in the “activity contact” field. An email will automatically be sent to your contact and they must verify your work.
Students who are not working with a particular person at an organization, will list firstname.lastname@example.org as the “activity contact” AND upload an image of their volunteer experience. Examples include notes from a phone call you made to a government official, proof of participation from a webinar/conference you attended, a picture of the masks you donated, an image of the recipe and a meal you made for your family.
Approving Service Hours:
Once service has been verified by an activity contact OR acceptable image/document, then campus ministry can approve your service. When submitting service hours, students must submit a thoughtful response in the "reflections” box/field, in order for service hours to be approved. (Note: this is a manual process and does not offer immediate approval. Service hours will be approved before the end of each semester).
Students will be given a Pass or Incomplete at the end of each semester, dependent upon verified and approved service hours in their x2vol account.