- Should students record volunteer hours?
- How do I know what ARE and ARE NOT considered volunteer hours?
- What is the President’s Volunteer Service Award?
- How to find the right volunteer position for YOU!
- Student Internships for LFHS
- What is Open Doors?
Yes, students should keep track of their time spent performing community service. They can do this by using the LFHS online service hour reporting found in x2VOL in Naviance Family Connection.
The Volunteer Service Office will keep track of a student’s hours for their entire high school career and can print out a record 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.
Questions? Contact Ashleigh Malec, 847-582-7772, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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||Bronze||Silver||Gold|
|Young Adults (16-25)||100-174||175-249||250+|
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.
Look through the list of local agencies on x2Vol that offer volunteer positions for high school students. Begin by thinking about your interests and where you want to make an impact. Do you like working with children, senior citizens, people with disabilities, or animals? Do you have a passion for the environment? Next, think about your strengths and what type of skills or talents you can bring to a volunteer position. Finally, think about how much time you have to give and what hours and days of the week are best for you.
The purpose of internships is to build student awareness of college and career opportunities. Interns apply their learning from their high school experience to the real-world. They acquire career skills and knowledge by investigating a field of interest related to the their long-term goals.
How the Intern Process Works:
- Summer internships are flexible in length based on the needs of the mentors and interns; however, they must be at least 20 hours in duration.
- The participating business/professional mentors will offer a defined “project” within a specified time frame for the intern.
- School personnel will be responsible for preparing both students and mentors for the internship experience.
- A designated faculty advisor will facilitate and oversee the intern program and serve as connection between the intern and the mentor.
Benefits for Intern:
- Increase skills to demands of 21st century workforce and economy.
- Navigate learning, life, and information technology, understanding content knowledge and current topics, organizing and assigning resources, and working effectively with others.
- Increase sense of civic engagement and responsibility as students learn how work addresses a community or public purpose.
- Build self confidence, maturity and experience by working with adults in a business environment.
- Open the world of work to teach them the content, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in a work environment
Benefits for Mentors:
- Benefit from positive public relations by supporting youth.
- The opportunity to positively impact youth by providing a venue for high school students to participate and learn in a quality work environment.
- The opportunity to provide “hands-on” real life work experience for students, and be a part of an investment in their future.
- Open Doors is a career exploration program that is brought to you by the Student Services Department and the Lake Forest Association of Parents and Teachers (APT).
- It is open to all LFHS students and takes place during Parent/Teacher Conferences in November.
- Open Doors provides students a first-hand experience in a professional setting to obtain practical knowledge in an area they may be considering as a future career. Not-for-profit opportunities will be available for service hours.
Why encourage your student to participate in Open Doors?
- Students will get a taste of the “real world” of business or a service organization.
- The connection between academics and careers will be on display, helping students to understand the relevance of their classwork.
- Introduces students to the requirements of professions and industries to help them prepare for the 21st century workforce.
- Students may attend half day (either morning or afternoon) or full day sessions at the business or service opportunity they choose. Opportunities will be available for preview a week before registration begins.
Provide a job shadowing experience at your business or workplace!
- Show LFHS students your workplace and give an overview of your organization and industry.
- Tell them about the skills, abilities and education that are specifically required for this career.
- If possible, allow them to participate in hands-on projects, such as interactions with clients/customers, research, meetings, brainstorming sessions, etc.
- Give them a taste of the “real world”.
Please consider becoming an OPEN DOORS Mentor
Students and Parents: Registration will be online, on a first come basis.
For more information, contact: Ashleigh Malec, 847-582-7772, email@example.com.