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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

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

Virtual and Low Contact Service Opportunities to do this Summer

Posted by x2VOL on Jun 11, 2020 10:50:42 AM

This past semester presented itself with a plethora of new challenges including discovering new ways to volunteer. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, participating in community service may have seemed like an impossible feat. However, students across the country, found unique ways to continue to serve while remaining, primarily, at home. 

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Topics: volunteering ideas, service hour tracking, track student volunteer hours, social emotional learning, summer service ideas, virtual service opportunities, virtual service

How x2VOL Works With PALS

Posted by x2VOL on Oct 29, 2019 9:15:00 AM

School programs, organizations, and classes across the country have eliminated paper and use x2VOL to track, reflect, and report on student service and volunteer hours all online.

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Topics: service, how to engage students in service, service learning, social emotional learning, pal, pals, tracking pals hours

Reducing Service Falsification on College Applications

Posted by Michele Pitman on May 15, 2019 4:50:11 PM

The news is riddled with stories of college applicants bucking the system and working outside of the rules to get into universities of their choice.

College acceptance nowadays takes so many things into consideration when evaluating an applicant. It's more than just about their grades. It's about their extracurricular activities, the sports teams they are on, the clubs they are in, their standardized test scores, and who they are as a person. The stakes are high and students are feeling the pressure.

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Topics: community service, official service transcript, college acceptance, social emotional learning, college admissions, falsification

Social Emotional Learning: How Students Grow and Develop Through Service

Posted by x2VOL on May 6, 2019 4:30:00 PM


x2VOL has received the CODiE Award for Best Social Emotional Learning Platform two years in a row. But what is Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?
Social Emotional Learning is the process by which individuals learn to understand and manage emotions in order to learn empathy, how to achieve goals, and how to relate to others among many other things.  

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Topics: volunteering, community service, college prep, service, volunteer, service learning, social emotional learning

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