LFHS will keep track of a student’s hours for their entire high school career and students can print out a record from x2VOL whenever it is needed. It is important to record service hours because the Student Services Office frequently refers to the volunteer records of students when asked to suggest candidates for leadership seminars, conferences, scholarships, and national and local service awards.
How do I know what ARE and ARE NOT considered volunteer hours?
Individual Volunteer Service
If you can say YES to the following questions, your volunteer service is likely to be approved:*
Was the service done on behalf of others (not family members)?
Was the service done to assist others and for the good of the community?
Was this service completed voluntarily and without compensation (grade, class credit, club/sports team requirement or for pay)?
Was this service completed beyond a club’s membership hour requirement?
Was the service done outside the school day or during unscheduled school time?
Is the service consistent with the Lake Forest High School’s Mission and Vision?
To inspire the passion to learn, the insight to know oneself, and the courage to make a difference.
LFHS will be a leader in developing every student’s capacity, character and confidence to make a difference in their world.
* Please note that the National Honor Society has a different set of criteria for service hours. These are available on the NHS application.
What is the President’s Volunteer Service Award?
A Student Service Recognition Night ceremony is held annually in April. One of the awards that will be presented at this ceremony is the President’s Volunteer Service Award, which is a nationally recognized service award sponsored through the White House and the Points of Light Foundation. This award is based solely on the number of service hours completed by a student within a year’s time. Our year runs each year from March 2 through March 1 of the following year. There are two different age categories and three levels of recognition:
Hours by Award
Young Adults (16-25)
Only students who have recorded their hours on x2VOl in Naviance will be eligible to receive one of these awards. Students should record their volunteer hours by the March deadline.
How to Request a State of Illinois Work Permit
....on taking your first steps toward being gainfully employed. Child labor laws require students 15 and under have a work permit before they can be formally employed for wages.
Please follow the steps below to secure this document.
Obtain a job. A work permit can’t be requested “in hopes” of landing a job.
Get a Letter of Intent to Employ from the person hiring you. This should be on professional stationary and include:
The business name, address, phone number.
A list of the type of work you will be doing.
Contact LFHS to request work permit application papers from Mr. Teichman firstname.lastname@example.org. On the application, please include:
Your home contact information.
Verification that you are a Lake Forest High School student.
Your parent/guardian’s signature as approval for you to work.
Complete the paperwork, and scan or send electronic documents, including the letter from your employer to Mr. Teichman via email, email@example.com.
Within a few days, your State of Illinois Work Permit will be emailed for you to share with your employer.