Community Service

Community Service Guidelines

Use this form for any hours completed for service in and for a SJCSD school: Community Service form-Service completed AT a SJCSD school

SJCSD Community Service Hours Guidelines

Community service hours are required for all Bright Futures Scholarship Awards.  Refer to the Bright Futures website for details pertaining to your graduating class at http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org/SSFAD/bf/.  You may begin logging your community service hours the summer before your freshman year.  Community service hours should be documented by logging the hours on the SJCSD Community Service Verification Form and attaching verification letters that are on letterhead of the place where the hours were servedHours will only be awarded upon receipt of the letter on letterhead; simply turning in a log of hours is not sufficent.  A SJCSD Community Service Verification Form and verification letters should be turned in to your Guidance Office at the end of each school year for your 9th – 11th grade years and at the end of each semester your senior year.

Below are some examples of hours that are considered Community Service:

–          Service to a government agency

–          Service to a not – for – profit local, national or international organization

  • When training meetings are required prior to the actual service, a student can receive credit for up to 2 hours of training in addition to the hours for the service.

–          Service to a school or school organization – in which credit is not being awarded

–          Service to a religious organization

–          Participation in not – for – profit Fine Arts performances or exhibitions

  • When hours are being earned in which rehearsal time is required, a student can receive credit for up to 3 hours of rehearsal time for every hour of performance time.

–          VPS hours provided credit is not being awarded

–          Non – paid internships at a not – for – profit organization with prior school official approval

–          Career Academy non – paid internships

Below are some examples of hours that are not considered eligible for Community Service:

–          Family related activities

–          Hours in which students are compensated either monetarily or materially

–          School related activities that have required attendance and/or are a part of the course requirement to earn credit

–          Attendance at meetings which are required as part of membership in a club or organization

–          Activities that cannot be documented on business letterhead

Students are encouraged to choose a variety of opportunities or services when selecting and completing their community service hours.   If a student is unsure if activities are considered viable, they should consult their guidance counselor prior to the activity.