Spring break is the perfect time of year to spend time serving in your community. Whether it's through a week-long service project or time spent volunteering at a local nonprofit, this is a great time to volunteer.
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It's a topic that is always discussed - preventing falsification of service hours. Paper forms and physical signatures make falsification tempting to many students in public and private schools. We'd like to believe that it's a rare occurrence but many service leaders know who they need to double check.
There are a number of elements that go into creating a successful service learning program in your school! It can be challenging to engage students and inspire them to get out into the community and serve those around them.
Have you been diligent in completing service hours throughout your high school career? Make sure you use these hours to benefit your future!
Tracking personal volunteer hours is an important part of serving your community! With every hour and service experience you keep track of, you get to see your individual impact on the world. An easy way to do this is with x2VOL+ where you can set your personal volunteer goals, easily track the hours you’ve served, get your hours verified and more. x2VOL+ is a great resource for students whose school does not have x2VOL school-wide.
Students! Community service is an important part of your high school career. Through service you have the opportunity to build character, make an impact in your community and develop a resume of volunteer experience you can utilize in your college applications.
Spring cleaning is not (and shouldn’t be) reserved for the household. Every now and then, things start to pile up at school, your extra-curricular activities, and perhaps your part-time job. Spring cleaning is about refocusing and recharging. It’s about getting rid of excess and bringing in new strategies to promote success.
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.
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