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How Many Community Service Hours do High School Students Need?

The number of community service hours required for high school can vary depending on the school district and the state. Some schools may not require any community service hours, while others may require up to 100 hours of community service!

Fortunately, you can earn community service hours on all AMIGOS programs. The minimum number earned for a two-week project is 24, and can go up to 72 for a six-week project!

In the United States, some states have made community service a graduation requirement, while others leave it up to individual schools to set their own requirements. In Maryland and Florida, there are statewide community service requirements for graduation.

If you’re not sure about the community service requirements at your high school, you should check with your guidance counselor or school administration office. They can provide you with information about the specific requirements at your school and how you can fulfill them.

Adelante 2023 BannerWhy do high school students need community service hours?

High school students may be required to complete community service hours for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Building character and leadership skills: Volunteering and community service can help students develop important personal qualities, such as empathy, responsibility, and perseverance, as well as leadership and teamwork skills that will serve them well in future endeavors.
  • Meeting graduation requirements: Some high schools require students to complete a certain number of community service hours in order to graduate. This helps ensure that students have a well-rounded education and are prepared for life beyond high school.
  • College admissions: Many colleges and universities look for evidence of community service and civic engagement on a student’s application. Community service can help demonstrate a student’s commitment to their community and their desire to make a positive impact in the world.
  • Scholarship opportunities: Many scholarship programs require applicants to have completed a certain number of community service hours. By completing community service, students can increase their chances of being eligible for these scholarships and other forms of financial aid.
  • Making a difference in the community: Finally, community service is a way for students to give back to their community and make a positive impact on the world around them. By volunteering their time and talents, students can help improve the lives of others and create a more just and equitable society.

two people using a shovelHow to earn community service hours in high school

There are many ways high school students can earn community service hours, including:

  • Volunteering at local non-profit organizations: There are many non-profit organizations in your local community that are always in need of volunteers. Reach out to organizations that align with your interests or causes you’re passionate about, and ask how you can get involved. Check sites like Volunteer Match for opportunities.
  • Participating in school-sponsored service events: Many high schools offer service events or projects that students can participate in, such as neighborhood cleanups, food drives, or fundraising events.
  • Helping out at a local library, hospital, or community center: Many community organizations, such as libraries, hospitals, and community centers, offer volunteer opportunities for high school students. Contact these organizations to inquire about volunteer opportunities.
  • Joining a youth group or service club: Many high schools have service clubs or youth groups focusing on community service. Joining one of these groups can be a great way to get involved in service projects and meet other like-minded students.
  • Participating in service-oriented summer programs like AMIGOS: There are many summer programs that offer community service opportunities for high school students. Look for programs that align with your interests or that offer opportunities to travel and experience new cultures while volunteering.

Remember to keep track of your volunteer hours and ask the organization or person you are volunteering with to sign off on your hours. Some schools may require verification of your community service hours, so it’s important to keep good records.

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