Service Learning Student Volunteer 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 provide 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 campuses.
Service Learning and Volunteer Service Program is divided into three tiers:
- Tier I Service Learning Hours required for graduation.
- Tier II Service hours required to meet the Bright Futures Initial Eligibility Requirements.
- Tier III Volunteer Service Hours required earn a silver cord at graduation.
Bright Futures - Paid Work Hours
- Bright Futures Purposes ONLY. Cannot be used for graduation-required community service, nor the Silver Cord.
- The paid work hours must have occurred on July 1, 2022, and after, since this is when the state statute went into effect.
- ALL Bright Futures awards require 100 paid work hours, regardless of the amount of community service required. (i.e. for the Medallion (FMS/75%) they need 75 service hours OR 100 paid work hours)
- You cannot mix and match community service and paid work.
The Service Learning Graduation Requirement
The School Board has incorporated Service Learning and volunteer service into the high school graduation requirements. Any student who wishes to earn a standard diploma must meet the graduation requirement of 40 documented hours in the Student Volunteer Service Program. The links provided will allow access to the rules governing exactly what will be accepted as service learning/volunteer service hours and what won't, the log sheets necessary to document hours and the Service Application and Approval Form (used when a student is not performing a service as part of a school-sponsored organization).
Service Learning Graduation Requirement
All students seeking a Standard High School Diploma are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service. The Bright Futures Florida Medallion Scholars Award requires 75 hours of volunteer service. The Bright Futures Florida Academic Scholars Award requires 100 hours of volunteer service. Students completing 250 or more hours will receive a silver cord at graduation. It is recommended that students turn in hours as they complete them per grade level. Hours are due to school coordinator before April 1st of a students last year of high school. We suggest that students keep a copy of their hours for their own records and verification.
COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS - What does and doesn't count!
- Volunteer hours may be earned within the school, community or for any non-profit or charitable organization.
- Students may not perform hours for any “for profit” businesses such as doctors, attorneys, stores, or restaurants.
- Hours do not count if you have been financially compensated.
- Time out of class may not be used for service hours.
- A parent or fellow student cannot sign off on service hours performed.
- Service hours performed as a result of disciplinary action for the school or courts do not count.
- Hours do not count at for-profit summer camps.
Submit forms to your Service Learning Coordinator before school (7am-7:34am) or after school (2:40pm-3pm)
CCHS Service Learning Coordinator
All Grade Levels -- Mrs. Siwek, located in Guidance/BRACE DepartmentVolunteer Opportunities