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Service Ideas to Bolster Social-Emotional Learning

Posted by x2VOL on Oct 14, 2021 8:32:21 AM

Prior to the pandemic schools and districts had a focus on the emotional development of students ensuring they have personal growth beyond what they learn in textbooks. 

However, after the onset of COVID-19 and as students try to heal from the past year and a half, social-emotional learning has become a necessity for schools. Today's students have experienced so many shifts in learning, social interactions, the way they engage in their communities, and more. Social-emotional learning is a mode of healing from the traumas of the past year and a way to grow positively from the massive changes in our world.

"Without community service, we would not have a strong quality of life. It's important to the person who serves as well as the recipient. It's the way in which we ourselves grow and develop." - Dorothy Height

Why is social-emotional learning important for a student's future? 
Not only is social-emotional growth an important healing element for students, but it's also vital for future success. Colleges look for students that will be a positive addition to their campus - students that have a widened world view and developed self-awareness fit the bill. Aside from college acceptance, this type of personal growth allows a student to be more well-rounded. They will be more successful in all aspects of life including personal relationships, university, workplace, and more. 

The core competencies that encompass social-emotional learning are responsible decision making, social awareness, relationship skills, self-awareness, and self-management. There are many volunteering opportunities students can engage in to impact their social-emotional growth:

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Topics: service tracking, service reflections, service hour tracking, volunteer ideas, community service ideas, social emotional learning, service ideas, how to track service, student outcomes

Student Service Ideas to Encourage Deep Reflection & Student Growth

Posted by x2VOL on Sep 22, 2021 9:05:48 AM

Are your students on the hunt for service ideas? We've got you covered. Whether your students are doing in person, socially distanced, or virtual service experiences this semester, there are so many opportunities for your students to get involved and make a difference in their communities. 

Through these service experiences, students have the opportunity to reflect on their impact, grow as individuals, and heal emotionally from the changes they've experienced over the past year. 

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Topics: engage students in service, social emotional learning, service ideas, how to track service, virtual service, low contact service ideas, online service tracking

How reflections play a role in student development and service learning

Posted by x2VOL on Jul 20, 2021 11:25:01 AM

Student development outside of academic achievement has become a priority for schools across the country. Educators focus on student outcomes that revolve around social-emotional growth and skills development in addition to academics.

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Topics: service tracking, community service, service reflections, service learning, student service, student outcomes, student development

E-Guide: The Simple Way to Track Work-Based Learning, Service, and More

Posted by x2VOL on Jun 15, 2021 2:53:48 PM

Does your school recognize or require service? Have a work-based learning or internship requirement? Or maybe a Career and Technical Education program? The process to track, manage, and report on, those programs can be time-consuming. 

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Topics: service tracking, work-based learning, CTE, internship tracking, online service tracking

Summer Service Projects for Students

Posted by x2VOL on May 20, 2021 1:53:41 PM

Volunteerism and community service make the world go around on a daily basis. But what better time to serve your local or global community than during summer break! Students can use the time off of school to engage with their communities. 

This past year has been a challenging one for all of us. Students, in particular, faced a lot of roadblocks including being isolated and disconnected from peers, classmates, and their community while learning from home. 

However, as some schools plan to return to in-person classes this fall and nonprofit organizations begin to offer more in-person volunteer opportunities, students have the chance to get involved this summer. Community service is a great way for students to reconnect and re-engage with others and continue that vital personal development that sets them up for success in the future.

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Topics: volunteering ideas, volunteering, service hour tracking, track student volunteer hours, engage students in service, service learning, volunteer ideas, social emotional learning, summer service ideas, online service opportunities, low contact service ideas, virtual service projects, online service, direct service

Virtual Service Projects Ideas and "How To" Instructions For Your Students

Posted by x2VOL on May 12, 2021 9:51:34 AM

Christian Service Coordinator, Ogechi Akalegbere, is a service champion at Connelly School of the Holy Child. Her primary goal is to help her students connect to meaningful service experiences and projects throughout the school year. Through service, students learn about themselves and God’s love. Service is also an essential component to teach justice, peace, compassion, and faith to the girls. Sixth through 11th grade are required to complete a variety of service hours anywhere from home, school, church to local nonprofits. Making sure students are involved with direct service is key to the Christian Service Program.

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Topics: volunteering ideas, volunteering, service hour tracking, how to engage students in service, engage students in service, service learning, community service ideas, social emotional learning, service ideas, community service tracking form, how to track service, online service opportunities, virtual service opportunities, virtual service projects, online service tracking

The State of Service 2021 (Infographic): A Survey and Report by x2VOL

Posted by x2VOL on May 4, 2021 9:52:10 AM

Student service continues to develop in the ever-changing COVID-19 world. However, 2021 might look a little bit different than 2020. In April 2021, x2VOL surveyed administrators, service leaders, and nonprofit organizations to better understand the impact COVID-19 had on community service in the Spring 2021 semester and what the outlook is for Fall 2021. 

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Topics: infographic, state of service 2021, state of service, direct service, survey, report, service report, student service, online service tracking

10 Virtual and Socially Distant Service Projects Your Students Can Do This Semester

Posted by x2VOL on Feb 26, 2021 9:39:14 AM

This past year students have had to get creative when volunteering and serving in their communities due to COVID-19. Service leaders have modified service programs. 

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Topics: volunteering, community service, service, service ideas, virtual service, virtual service projects, online service

Tracking Internships and Work-Based Learning in x2VOL: An Interview with Brighton High School

Posted by x2VOL on Jan 19, 2021 12:00:00 PM

 

Brighton High School in Rochester, New York is dedicated to preparing students for their futures. With a robust internship and work-based learning program, school leaders are providing a means for students to gain skills, develop responsibility, and grow in addition to their classes. 

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Topics: service tracking, work-based learning, CTE, internship tracking

Virtual + Low Contact Holiday Service Ideas for Students

Posted by x2VOL on Nov 16, 2020 10:26:17 AM

The holiday season may look and feel a little bit different this year, but serving others has never been more important! There are some in-person service opportunities that simply can't take place this year due to COVID-19, but there are still many creative ways to make an impact in your community this holiday season. 

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Topics: volunteering, service hour tracking, virtual service opportunities, low contact service ideas

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