Community service is an important aspect of National Honor Society membership. In fact, it is part of the NHS motto: “Scholarship, leadership, character, and service.” To honor this motto, many high schools require their NHS members to take part in a certain number of service hours each year.
Service puts leadership and character into action. Service transcripts are the evidence of of this action.
Paper forms are lost and physical signatures can be falsified, but with x2VOL, the entire process is simplified, digital and auditable.
Jeff Schroeder, math curriculum director and National Honor Society sponsor for Westside High School in Houston, describes his old process for documenting students’ service hours as “a big mess of paper.”
“I would be getting slips of paper all the time, every day, where students had some sort of signature verifying their service hours for different activities,” he says. “I’d hand all those papers to one of the NHS leaders, and they’d put the information into a database.”
Not only has x2VOL improved the tracking of NHS service hours at Westside, it has made it easier for students to find opportunities to volunteer and to get their service hours approved. Furthermore, it has improved communication between Schroeder and NHS participants.
“I would say it has revolutionized how we run the program,” Schroeder says.
See what NHS and NJHS Sponsors are saying about x2VOL.
Reach out and expand your horizon this summer. Volunteering enriches the soul.
Students are consumed by their busy schedules, and they find it difficult to fit in anything extra. As summer strolls around, students are ready for their long-awaited break. Lounging around the house sounds like a dream. But, after a week of lounging, the enchantment wears off. In fact, it might become boring. Before we continue, let us be clear: We know there is nothing wrong with lazy days by the pool, spending time with the friends and family, and catching up on leisurely reading…and our favorite tv shows.
Do you have student volunteers who are active in the community 100 or more hours? We think so, and that is why we encourage them to seek recognition and apply for The Presidential Award! Below, we have outlined everything you need to know about the award to share with your student volunteers!
What is the President's Volunteer Service Award?
Striving to encourage volunteerism among your students for National Volunteer Week?
Student volunteers across America will get involved in the community by joining the National Volunteer Week movement. Here’s what you need to know:
What is National Volunteer Week?
So, your student has an x2VOL account. Do not be stressed; it’s a good thing.
At its simplest, x2VOL helps keep track of your student’s volunteer hours. When they need to apply for a job or college, they can refer back to their account where their hours have been diligently noted.
What does a student do on x2VOL exactly?
- Search for local volunteer opportunities
- Record service hours
- Receive approval/denial of service hours by school administrator
- Print service transcript