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How to Reengage Students Post COVID

Posted by x2VOL on Mar 7, 2022 1:58:41 PM

There’s no doubt that the past two years have taken a toll on students.

There has been a significant loss of learning, development, and personal growth. Students have experienced isolation from a myriad of social situations. Many students even began high school during the pandemic and didn't return to campus well into their high school careers.

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Engaging Teens in Community Service: An Essential Guide to Growing Up

Posted by Michele Pitman on Jan 24, 2022 9:39:02 AM

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Topics: service reflections, service hour tracking, college prep, how to engage students in service, career readiness, service learning, community service ideas, social emotional learning, community service tracking form, student service, student outcomes

10 Holiday Service Ideas Students Can do to Make an Impact

Posted by x2VOL on Nov 2, 2021 10:11:05 AM

While students are busy serving in their communities all year long, the holidays months are a great opportunity for students to give of their time and effort to benefit others.

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Topics: volunteering, holiday volunteer ideas, community service ideas, holiday service ideas, online service tracking, holiday service ideas for students, holiday volunteer opportunities

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

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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Online and Socially Distant Service Opportunities for Students

Posted by x2VOL on Sep 17, 2020 2:37:43 PM

Service has never been more important! Schools continue to modify and adapt their service program to account for the changes COVID-19 has brought to the education system. But one thing that hasn't changed, is students' drive to serve others and impact the world around them. 

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Topics: volunteering, community service, community service ideas, online service opportunities, virtual service opportunities, covid-19, virtual service

How Students are Serving from Home During COVID-19

Posted by x2VOL on Apr 15, 2020 10:39:29 AM

During COVID-19, volunteerism and serving others around you has never been so important. Even though, students across the country are spending their time indoors and practicing social distancing, they are getting creative with ways to continue to serve others who are in need during this pandemic. 

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Topics: community service, community service ideas, service ideas, online service opportunities, virtual service opportunities

Virtual Service Opportunities Students Can Do From Home

Posted by x2VOL on Mar 17, 2020 10:32:36 AM

There are a lot of service opportunities to take advantage of in your community and beyond. But for today's technology and online driven students, taking service online can be a great option.

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Topics: volunteering ideas, volunteering, community service, service, volunteer, volunteer ideas, community service ideas, online service opportunities, virtual service opportunities

The Ultimate List of Holiday Service Ideas

Posted by x2VOL on Dec 18, 2019 8:30:00 AM

One wonderful part of the holiday season is the desire to do good for others. Whether individuals are donating to organizations they are passionate about or are going out into the community to serve others, the giving heart is alive and well during this season. There are a lot of opportunities for students during this time not only to give back to others, but also make progress on their service requirement for school.

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Topics: community service, community service ideas, service ideas, holiday service ideas

10 Service Opportunities To Do This Summer

Posted by x2VOL on May 22, 2019 10:45:08 AM

Summer is the perfect time of year for students to spend some serious time serving in their community. There are so many different places and groups of people for students to serve. Check out these summer service opportunities:

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Topics: community service, service learning, community service ideas, summer service ideas

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