Community Service Requirement

  • Mynderse Academy students are required to complete 20 hours of community service* in order to qualify for graduation. Please see Mrs. Stevers in the Counseling Office if you have any questions. The Community Service Packet must be filled out and turned in to receive credit for service. This can be found in the link below.

    Community Service:

    All students at Mynderse Academy are required to compete and document volunteer community service work toward a 20-Hour* graduation requirement. (*The amount of hours may vary for those students entering the district past the first half of their freshman year). It is important for our students to give back to the community that has provided them such a wonderful educational experience. Not only is this an opportunity for our students to make a difference in our community, but the requirement also provides a chance for our students to gain hands-on experience in a potential career interest and explore community issues.

    Beginning with the 2018/2019 school year, students are required to complete a minimum of 5 hours of their 20-hour community service requirement each year. For example, 9th grade should complete at least 5 hours, sophomores should have at least 10 hours accumulated, juniors at least 15 hours and seniors will have needed to complete 20 hours. Please note: Students can complete all of their 20 hours at any time and it is highly encouraged.  Students can also continue to earn hours beyond their requirement and achieve high school transcript credit: 35-49 hours= .25 credit, 50-64 hours = .50 credit, 65-79 hours= .75 credit & 80 or more hours = 1.0 credit. 

    Volunteering helps students develop leadership skills, provides an opportunity to make new friends, and helps establish connections between classroom learning and real-world experiences. Taking part in service work teaches skills that are valuable to employers, such as problem-solving, teamwork and the ability to follow instructions (SOFT SKILLS THAT EMPLOYERS ARE LOOKING FOR!!). Plus, it looks great on college and employment applications!

    Mynderse Academy students can volunteer on their own or with a group of friends. Participating in community service is a rewarding way to share your individual talents, all while having fun and making personal connections. We encourage our students to explore their interests through volunteering and appreciate its value as it relates to their future career choice. Networking and building new relationships within our community can provide an opportunity to explore college and career goals. 

    Students who volunteer their time and complete community service are often better able to find scholarships that may not have been available without the experience. We encourage all students to keep a list of their completed community service experiences so that the information can be available when applying to colleges. 

    Please be sure to visit Mrs. Stevers in the School Counseling Office before initiating your first community service experience to make sure it qualifies.

    For current or upcoming volunteer opportunities join Mrs. Stevers Google Classroom (link address below) or see Mrs. Stevers in the School Counseling Office

    Google Classroom: Use Code 15odq1 

    https://classroom.google.com/c/NzE3ODIyODU2MFpa