Service Learning Student Volunteer Service Program
The purpose of the Service Learning Graduation Requirement and the Student Volunteer Service Program is to acquaint high school students with the need to become participating agents of change by providing service to both their school and community.
Service Learning is defined as:
An educational method by which participants learn and develop through active participation in service that is conducted in and meets the needs of a community. Service learning is coordinated with a school or community service program and with the community. It is integrated into and influences the lifelong learning of a participant and includes structured time for the participants to reflect on the service experience.
Service learning teaches the skills of civil participation and develops an ethic of service and civic responsibility. Students can provide service in the community on a voluntary basis to public, nonprofit agencies, civic, charitable and governmental
organizations and school campus.
- 40 Service Learning Hours required for graduation.
- 75-100 Service Learning and Volunteer Service Hours
required to qualify for a Bright Futures Scholarship.
- 250 Volunteer Service Hours required earn a silver cord
Community Service Hour Coordinators
Michelle Doriah - 9th - 12th Grade Counselor (A -D)
Alisha Flag - 9th - 12th Grade Counselor (S - Z)
Gabrielle Bailey- 9th -12th Grade Counselor (E - K)
Marta Yera - 9th - 12th Grade Counselor (L -R)
Community Service Approval Form
This form is available from the Student Volunteer Service Program Coordinator ( Your grade level guidance counselor) or by choosing the resource link and should be filled out completely and submitted prior to undertaking any service that is not directly connected with or sponsored by a school recognized club or organization. By submitting this form in advance a student can determine if an activity will count before undertaking that activity.
A student does not need this form if he/she is participating in a service activity undertaken by a school-sponsored club, class or organization of which he/she is a member. Please note, however that not all projects undertaken by school clubs and organizations count for service hours. There are instances in which Community Service Approval Form must be turned in before service hours will be accepted by the school.
The Service Learning Graduation Requirement
Community involvement is critical to success in education. Student participation in community service activities builds an awareness of society and a connection between classroom and real world issues. Service Learning is a method through which students learn about and develop a commitment to addressing needs in their communities.
Service Learning hours, as a graduation requirement, provide students with the opportunity to develop a long lasting sense of responsibility to society.
Students, who wish to earn a Standard Diploma, must meet the graduation requirement of 40 documented service learning hours. Students should be encouraged to use their service learning experiences as discussion or written topics whenever appropriate as a part of class assignments.
40 Hours Guidelines Specific to the 40 Hour Service Learning Requirement
1. All high school students seeking a Standard Diploma are required to participate in the program.
2. Service performed over the summer or performed as part of an organization that is not a school sponsored club or organization must meet Service Learning Guidelines to earn Service Learning hours.
3. All Service Learning Hours must be documented on the Volunteer Service Record Log Sheet. Log Sheets can be downloaded by clicking here. Log Sheets must be returned to the Service Learning Coordinator. Students must retain a copy of this form for their records. Students may start earning Service Learning Hours as soon as they are promoted to ninth grade. Volunteer service that is a “prior condition of employment” will not count.
75-100 Hours Florida Academic Scholars (part of the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships)
Volunteer Service is one of the qualifications for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program. These hours could include a combination of the Service Learning required hours and hours earned for the Student Volunteer Service Program.
1. Hours earned as part of the Student Volunteer Service
Program must be documented on the Volunteer Service
Record Log Sheet and must comply with rules of that
2. The student must give copies of the log sheets required to
verify service hours for the Florida Bright Futures Scholars
Program Scholarship to his/her guidance counselor.
3. The number of hours required to qualify for each of the
Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Programs are as follows:
• Gold Seal Vocational Scholars – 30 hours (This
requirement will be met by Broward County’s 40 hour
• Florida Medallion Scholars – 75 hours
• Florida Academic Scholars – 100 hours
The Student Volunteer Service Program
All students who have earned a total of 250 Volunteer Service Hours will receive a silver cord to wear at commencement. An adjustment to the 250 total hours required to receive a silver cord should be made for students who enter the Broward County Public Schools after their freshmen year.
Student Volunteer Service Program Form Log Sheet (The Volunteer Service Record)
Hours earned as part of the Student Volunteer Service Program must be documented on the Volunteer Service Log Sheet. This form must be submitted to the Student Volunteer Service Program Coordinator. Students should turn in Service Records regularly and should keep a duplicate copy of all forms for their records.
250 Hours Guidelines specific to the Silver Cord Program
Services performed over the summer or performed as part of an organization that is not sponsored by the school must be approved in advance (See Community Service Application and Approval Form.)
If a student’s volunteer hours have been denied by the school based Student Volunteer Service Coordinator the student may appeal that decision to the Department of Student Activities and Athletics. The appeal must be in writing and a copy of the Log Sheet referencing the hours in question must be attached. The letter must contain a telephone number and address at which the party initiating the appeal can be reached.