To fulfill Enlightium Academy’s mission of being a light to the world by making a difference in hearts and minds, EA students in grades 9–12 are required to complete 10 hours of community service annually to fulfill EA graduation requirements. Community service experience benefits students when applying for college and for employment opportunities. Local volunteering opportunities can be found and volunteer hours tracked within our partner platform, Naviance, x2VOL.
Community service can be completed for a non-profit and/or religious organization. It is a great way for students to give back to their community and to promote personal growth. Here are some ways students can earn their community service hours:
- Participating in the local church community
- Assisting in retirement homes and centers
- Reading and tutoring in elementary schools
- Volunteering in church settings
- Assisting in homeless shelters
- Volunteering at a humane society
EA recommends that parents/guardians help their student in finding a safe environment to work on community service hours and leverage the search features in Naviance for volunteering opportunities. Parental involvement is encouraged while the student is engaging in his or her community service. It is a great way to model a giving heart to the community in need.
Students record community service through the Naviance platform utilized by EA. Naviance is a college and career readiness platform that helps EA align student strengths and interests to postsecondary goals, improving student outcomes, and connecting learning to life. The student is provided login credentials to Naviance during enrollment.
Community Service Hours Awards
Students who participate in and record more than the required community service may receive certificates, credits towards the next year’s tuition, or scholarship opportunities (additional evidence may be required):
- 10 community service hours per academic year - Required
- 20+ community service hours per academic year - Certificate of Recognition
- 40+ community service hours per academic year - Certificate of Distinction
- 60+ community service hours per academic year - Certificate of Excellence and tuition credit or scholarship:
- Students in grades 9-11 - $250 tuition credit for the following school year
- Students in grade 12 - $250 scholarship upon graduation towards college or university
Students can receive a maximum of 8 hours of community service per day. This includes events that last longer than 8 hours a day, such as participation in a mission trip or volunteering in summer camps.
All verified community service hours that meet the criteria and were submitted through x2VOL will be applied toward the student’s graduation community service requirement. However, for verified hours to count toward a year-end community service certificate or next year’s tuition credit or scholarship, the hours must be submitted by the student and verified by the student’s contact person no later than the last day of the academic year.
Tracking Student Community Service Hours
Students will track their hours online by logging into x2VOL, a service offered within Naviance Student. This service makes tracking, logging, verifying, and applying hours to meet the service requirements quick and easy. x2VOL will allow students to reflect upon their community service experiences, upload documents and pictures, and print Service Transcripts all in one place. A verification request is automatically sent via email when the community service hours are submitted for approval.
Volunteering. The more you give the more you get.
- Develop leadership skills
- Prepare for your chosen career
- Meet or exceed your service goals
- Make lifelong friends
- Find out some new things about yourself
Community Serve is a powerful tie-breaker among competitive applicants.
Most admissions leaders (53%) said that community service was essentially a tie-breaker between equally qualified students when asked, “Assuming all factors are equal (such as GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and rigor of curriculum), then community service details are an important decision-making factor.”
The survey found that the top reason colleges valued community service was that it was an “indicator that the student is likely to be active in student social life outside the classroom.”
The second and third highest scoring reasons that community service mattered, according to those who make college admission decisions, were that service was an, “indicator that the student is likely to contribute to the school’s mission”. (Forbes.com)