[Community-service] 12 Reasons Community Service Should Be Required in Schools - Online College Search - Your Accredited Online Degree Directory

Danielle Ledet singingmywayin at gmail.com
Tue Jan 17 21:25:12 UTC 2017

Well, I started my volunteering in high school and continued on into
adulthood. I am still trying to get a resume together to put it all on
paper. I am happy to say my children were exposed early on and I am
proud thus far of my older 2 who at 15 and 16 used there summers to
volunteer already at their younger brother's school in the capacity
that reflected themselves. But, it seems all this is going by the
wayside and frowned upon and I am not seeing volunteerism touted as
much, and yet these people, young and old, are seeming to achieve
greater advancement. Perhaps, it is just a wrong observation?

Much of my volunteer work in college centered on service projects I
did with my sorority and disability groups, but in high school I was
part of a motivational group and as an adult I branched out to
volunteering at church and La Leche League. I would've gone on to do
work with CASA as well had I not gotten any pushback from my
children's father. Wonder if I am too old for that one? Maybe once I
have landed employment again, I'll look into it. Great article Chris!

On 1/15/17, Darian Smith via Community-Service
<community-service at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi all,
>   Chris, Thanks for sharing this!
>  I am torn  about the idea of making community service a requirement in
> schools in a traditional sense.  But I do think that It might be a good
> thing to require that it’s woven into the  curriculum of each of the classes
> a student takes.
>  I think that this doesn’t force students into service situations that they
> then might end up disliking then being turned off from community service,
> but does ease folks into trying something new considering  that  generally
> students in college  are taking classes they want to take.
>   While this article does not seem to address grade school, I think that
> community service can and should be woven into schooling at a young age so
> that it is understood sooner  rather than later that the world that  the
> students live  in very much is one  they can impact and that the communities
> they live in are ones that need their impact.
>   What do others think?.
>> On Jan 13, 2017, at 7:17 AM, Chris Parsons via Community-Service
>> <community-service at nfbnet.org> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I saw this and thought it was an interesting read. I wanted to share it
>> and see what people think. How many of you volunteered while you were in
>> college, and what did you do? Also, do you think there are additional
>> reasons that Student should volunteer that are not mentioned here?
>> Look forward to hearing your thoughts.
>> Chris
>> http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/06/27/12-reasons-community-service-should-be-required-schools/
>> <http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/06/27/12-reasons-community-service-should-be-required-schools/>
>> 12 Reasons Community Service Should Be Required in Schools
>> <http://www.onlinecollege.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/12-Reasons-Community-Service-Should-Be-Required-in-Schools.png>
>> For most people, volunteering is an extra; something that's nice to do,
>> but not absolutely necessary. Although plenty of students do community
>> service, the number of students who volunteer is dropping at a rapid rate.
>> Consider this: college student volunteerism
>> <http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/education/story/2012-01-22/college-students-volunteering/52744806/1>
>> peaked in 2004 at 31.2%, and in 2010, got down to 26.1%. Nearly
>> three-fourths of students are missing out on an incredibly enriching
>> experience that can benefit them not just personally, but professionally
>> as well. Why is this such a big deal? Read on to understand 12 reasons why
>> community service is so vital to student success, and why volunteering
>> should be required in schools.
>> Service learning has been associated with academic gain
>> <http://sitemaker.umich.edu/356.black/benefits_of_participation_in_service>:
>> Students who participate in community service learning tend to do better
>> in school. It's believed that community service is somewhat of a missing
>> link for students, giving them the chance to apply what they've learned in
>> the classroom to real human needs. Volunteering is a great way to follow
>> up on and supplement subjects that have been covered in the classroom.
>> Students often experience an increased sense of self-efficacy
>> <http://www.servicelearning.org/instant_info/fact_sheets/cb_facts/benefits-community-based-service-learning>:
>> Students who do community service work learn that they can actually make a
>> difference with what they do. This helps students better understand their
>> own competence, leading to more self-confidence and a can-do attitude that
>> can spread to their work and academic pursuits.
>> Students who participate in community service are more likely to grow up
>> to become voters
>> <http://www.unce.unr.edu/publications/files/cd/2003/FS0323.pdf>:
>> Youths who take part in volunteering activities become more involved in
>> their communities, and as a result, tend to care more about what happens
>> in those communities. Often, students who have participated in community
>> service will grow up to become young voters and remain involved in their
>> communities throughout their lives.
>> Community service is a great problem-solving skill builder
>> <http://www.nationalservice.gov/serve-your-community/benefits-volunteering>:
>> Students participating in community service are often faced with
>> challenges and tough problems to tackle. By working through them as a
>> volunteer, they learn how to better solve problems, and enjoy the
>> satisfaction of overcoming a hurdle.
>> Volunteering has health benefits
>> <http://www.nationalservice.gov/sites/default/files/documents/07_0506_hbr.pdf?tbl_pr_id=687>:
>> Creating a lifelong habit of community service can help students become
>> more healthy over the course of a lifetime. Research has shown that
>> individuals who participate in volunteering have better physical and
>> mental health than those who do not, especially among adults aged 65 or
>> older.
>> Volunteering makes students more attractive to potential employers
>> <http://studentbranding.com/the-benefits-of-community-service/>:
>> Taking part in community service teaches students skills that are valuable
>> to employers, like problem solving, teamwork, and the ability to follow
>> instructions. Volunteering is especially valuable when it is related to a
>> student's future career.
>> Students can enjoy excellent networking opportunities
>> <http://www.helpguide.org/life/volunteer_opportunities_benefits_volunteering.htm>:
>> Community service opens students up to a wealth of networking
>> opportunities, allowing them to build new relationships within their
>> community as they contribute. Students can meet new people, work with new
>> organizations, and strengthen their ties to the community.
>> Students find a sense of responsibility and pride
>> <http://www.futureyears.com/community-service/benefits-of-community-service.html>:
>> As students work within their community, they learn that they can be
>> responsible for making great things happen. This helps to build a sense of
>> responsibility in students, and a sense of pride when they see what
>> they've done is actually helping others.
>> Community service brings learning beyond the classroom
>> <http://www.deanza.edu/communityengagement/pdf/csl_benefit_sheet0808.pdf>:
>> Volunteering allows students to take what they've learned and apply it
>> beyond the classroom. This offers the opportunity for enrichment and a
>> great way for them to see how concepts they've learned work in the real
>> world.
>> Volunteering offers an opportunity for skill building
>> <http://www.scholarships.com/resources/public-service-and-volunteering/benefits-of-volunteerism-in-college/>:
>> Participating in community service allows students to build upon their
>> existing skill sets. As students work in a real-life setting, they can use
>> volunteering projects to explore and improve upon existing skills.
>> Students can explore potential careers and find out what they need to
>> develop in order to work in the field.
>> Volunteering may lead to scholarships
>> <http://www.scholarships.com/financial-aid/college-scholarships/scholarships-by-type/community-service-scholarships/>:
>> Students who participate in volunteering opportunities may be able to find
>> more scholarships than they would without such experience. As community
>> service offers students a way to build their network, they'll be creating
>> connections with more people who can write letters of recommendation, and
>> often, certain community service organizations offer their own scholarship
>> opportunities.
>> Volunteering is one big team building opportunity
>> <http://www.servicelearning.org/instant_info/fact_sheets/cb_facts/benefits-community-based-service-learning>:
>> As students work in community service programs, they'll learn how to
>> better work in teams. Often, students will also learn to develop
>> leadership skills as well. This is valuable not just for schoolwork, but
>> for higher education, careers, and further community involvement.
>> June 27th, 2012 written by Staff Writers
>> <http://www.onlinecollege.org//about-us/>
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