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  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.

District Community Service webpage

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:

  • Self-reported or parent reported hours will not be recognized
  • 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
  • Volunteer services for a for-profit business
  • Fostering animals does not count for Bright Futures hours

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.

JB 793-2016 addendum requires students to identify a civic issue or professional area of interest as part of their volunteer service plans and expands volunteer work to include an internship with a business, government or nonprofit organization, or activity on behalf of a candidate for public office.  For additional information, contact the high school guidance office.

Peer Disability Inclusion Training Virtual Service Hour Opportunity:

Learn how wonderful it is to include and advocate for a friend with a disability and earn service hours. The Peer Disability Inclusion training program consists of online training, spending time with an individual with a disability (this can also be done virtually), and advocating for them. By completing the 6 steps of the peer disability inclusion training program, you can earn 6 service hours. Additional hours can be earned for more time spent including and advocating for an individual with a disability. The website for the program is:

Please contact [email protected] with any questions and when you have finished the training, so that you can get your hours. A representative of the Florida Inclusion Network will sign off on your service hours form.