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How Service Can Improve Student Motivation and Attitude

Posted by x2VOL on Apr 10, 2024 11:18:20 AM


Following the pandemic, students are facing increased mental health issues and anxiety. During lockdowns, social media became a lifeline to keep everyone connected, but now it is contributing to increased pressure and anxiety for students. Between social media, online shopping, AI, etc. - society has never been online more than right now. Additionally, even parts of education have even moved online as districts had to adapt to the changing education landscape during the pandemic.

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Topics: community service, how to engage students in service, engage students in service, professional development, student development

How To Establish a Culture of Service in Your District

Posted by x2VOL on Mar 18, 2024 2:00:09 PM

Community service has proven to be a developmental necessity for students. Personal growth, emotional development, leadership, and more, are all positive results from students participating in community service. Improved student outcomes are a priority for educators, and community service plays a role in student success after high school.

However, educators often find students struggle with participating in community service, especially post-pandemic. Maybe they’re too preoccupied with their studies or perhaps extracurriculars are taking precedents. Prioritizing service can be a difficult task for students when there are a multitude of competing priorities in their day or week especially when they see it as something to check off their list instead of something extremely valuable of their time.

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Topics: engage students in service

Virtual and In Person Spring Break Service Ideas

Posted by x2VOL on Mar 4, 2024 1:07:30 PM

With spring break just around the corner, now is a great time for students to start planning how they are going to serve their community during the break! Students have the opportunity to make a huge difference in their communities and the world around them by using their unique skills and talents. This blog can be a resource for students who are struggling to find ways to serve. Can’t serve in-person? No worries, we’ve included ideas for virtual service as well!

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A Student's Perspective on Positive Impact

Posted by Guest Blogger: Hannah Haley, Allen High School on Jan 18, 2024 2:21:56 PM


I’m Hannah Haley, a senior at Allen High School. Throughout the past couple of
years, I have had the privilege of participating in, and this year, leading, the fourth annual Eagle Give Day. Called a “service learning day,” students sign up for a project through x2VOL that interests them and then get to serve instead of attending class. Falling on the half day before break, it is the most perfect day of the year and easy for everyone to volunteer their time, even if they have never volunteered before.

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Holiday Service Ideas for Students

Posted by x2VOL on Nov 7, 2023 2:40:49 PM

The holiday season is a time for giving, spreading joy, and fostering a sense of community. For students, this is a perfect opportunity to engage in acts of kindness and service, not only to make a positive impact but also to grow personally and learn valuable life lessons. Here are some holiday service ideas for students to consider:

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Service Ideas For Career Exploration

Posted by x2VOL on Oct 27, 2023 12:02:02 PM

Preparation for college, university, and future careers starts early. High school students start thinking about what careers they might want to pursue in the future as early as their freshman year.

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Navigating the Teacher Shortage: The Impact on Student Programs and the Solution for Civic Engagement

Posted by x2VOL on Oct 12, 2023 2:15:07 PM

Civic engagement is of the utmost importance for students. Service and community engagement during formative high school years improve social-emotional growth, student outcomes, leadership skills, and more. But how are these programs being managed when educators are leaving schools in record numbers?

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How a Successful WBL Program Improves Student Outcomes

Posted by x2VOL on Aug 18, 2023 9:39:16 AM

According to the Department of Education, successful work-based learning education has three important elements: “the alignment of classroom and workplace learning; application of academic, technical, and employability skills in a work setting; and support from the classroom or workplace mentors”.

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Topics: work-based learning, CTE, wbl

Why Tracking Community Service Online Protects Student Privacy

Posted by Michele Pitman on Aug 14, 2023 10:54:17 AM

A recent article in District Administration talks about how going paperless with student data creates more privacy and security. This reminded me of the evolution of x2VOL. x2VOL was created to help students capture their positive impact throughout high school. Some students have service requirements while others have service recommendations. Either way, students gain a lot of experience and insight that lead to character development and growth. 

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From Student to Employee: The Transformative Power of x2VOL

Posted by Kaylee Cooley on Jun 12, 2023 1:15:33 PM

Before joining the National Honors Society in high school, the idea of volunteering and serving others rarely crossed my mind. As a young student-athlete, I believed I never had enough time in my schedule to engage in volunteer work. However, upon becoming a member of NHS, I was required to complete a certain number of volunteer hours. This compelled me to start volunteering within my school, and it didn't take long for me to contemplate participating in larger-scale projects.

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Topics: national honor society, nhs, community service, service reflections, volunteer, engage students in service, professional development, finding belonging through service

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