Community Involvement: A Secondary School Graduation Requirement
**Scroll down for important information regarding community volunteer hour graduation requirements for 2020-21.**
Students who begin secondary school must complete 40 hours of community involvement as part of the requirement for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. The purpose of Mandatory Community Involvement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging within the community.
- Students must complete and submit their “Community Involvement Activities Record.” The fillable PDF is linked below. You may print it off, or you may fill it out electronically.
- If students use 10 hours from their place of employment, they must print off and complete the Personal Reflection form linked below:
To achieve the mandatory 40 hours of community involvement, students may choose to:
- Help their community
- Help their neighbours
- Help their school
Keep in mind that community Involvement is:
- To be completed outside scheduled class time
- Not to be part of a credit course
- An unpaid activity
- To be completed after finishing Grade 8
- To occur in a safe environment
- Not to misplace workers
The activities listed below are approved by Trillium Lakelands District School Board for the completion of the community involvement requirement:
- Help the elderly, sick, isolated, disabled or disadvantaged in an organized setting or on an individual basis
- Work for non-profit organizations
- Serves as a youth leader
- Work for service clubs, community organizations and church groups
- Provide child care
- Work in a public sector (e.g., Community Policing, Hospitals, Schools, and Libraries)
- Community development and beautification
- Environmental concerns
- Work for political parties/causes
- Coach, referee, score keep
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR AREA:
Please see the Bulletin Board in Student Services for other current opportunities.
Community Involvement Graduation Requirement, 2020-21
For the 2020-21 school year, the ministry is revising the 40-hour community involvement graduation requirement so that students will not be adversely impacted by the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19.
For students graduating in the 2020-21 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. This recognizes that graduating students have had barriers to earning their community involvement hours last school year and there may be continued barriers this school year.
Students may wish to consider virtual volunteering, such as connecting with seniors, organizing virtual fundraising events and facilitating discussions with newcomer youth. Outdoor volunteer opportunities could include, for example, picking up litter.
Volunteer opportunities, such as connecting young people to be technology mentors to seniors, can be found through agencies such as Spark Ontario.
In addition, the ministry is providing increased flexibility in how all secondary students can earn hours in 2020-21, as follows:
- At the principal’s discretion, schools may waive the restrictions that do not allow students to earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day, or duties normally performed in the home (e.g., walking a younger child to and from school, helping younger siblings with school work).
- Students aged 14 years and older can count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours at the discretion of the principal. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service for others.
Students should continue to seek out and accumulate community involvement hours in accordance with school board policies and procedures, keeping in mind local public health unit recommendations.