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Shaker High School Community Service

The Social Studies department at Shaker High School acknowledges the importance of civic and service learning. To that end, the department created the following service requirements:

1. A Community Service Understanding Form must be completed by the end of September for fall semester Participation in Government students and by February 15 for spring semester students. The forms should be returned to your teacher or to Mr. Pollaro in the Supervisor’s Office.

2. As you perform your six hours of community service you must keep a log of all the hours you complete. The hours should be recorded on the log you are given in class or download from the web page. Electronic submissions are not allowed. A representative from the agency where you complete your service should sign the log verifying completion of all service requirements.

3. Your final self reflection project is the last piece of your community service requirement and should be completed and turned in with your log to your teacher or Mr. Pollaro by the end of the semester in which you are enrolled in Participation in Government. Community service credit will be awarded only after successful completion of all required components.

Why involve youth in service?

When students participate in their community, the entire community benefits. According to YSA.org, the benefits of youth service are:

• Increases young people’s feelings of community connection and reduces engagement in risky behavior.
• Contributes to higher reported levels of academic success, graduation rates, positive civic behavior, and self-esteem.
• Youth who participate in community service are 19% more likely to graduate than those who did not.
• Students who participated in service-learning were found to have scored higher than non-participating students, particularly in social studies, writing, and English/language arts.
• Volunteering at any age is associated with increased likelihood of finding employment. Among youth ages 16-24 (not in school, not working), studies showed an increased likelihood of 5%.
• Volunteering in one’s youth leads to a lifetime of service and philanthropy. Most adults involved in community service and/or philanthropy started as children.
• High-quality, well-designed service-learning programs, such as YSA’s Semester of Service, have been shown to engage or re-engage students, as they develop problem-solving skills, deepen academic engagement, enhance academic achievement, increase a student’s sense of personal commitment and social responsibility.

Other facts:

1. Young people are volunteering at record rates. More than half of all American youth report volunteering.
2. Having friends who volunteer regularly is a major factor influencing a teen’s volunteering habits.
3. Young people are most likely to volunteer when a peer, parent, teacher or adult mentor asks them.