Community Involvement Hours
Students’ activities in the community offer abundant opportunities for education and career/life planning. Students of all ages are involved in activities outside school that contribute to their development as learners. Students and their parents should be encouraged to reflect on the importance of these activities to the students’ development of knowledge and skills in education and career/life planning, and students should be encouraged to capture their learning in their “All About Me” portfolio or Individual Pathways Plan.
Community Involvement Can Happen:
In the Community by offering assistance to charities, service clubs and other not-for-profit organizations such as:
canvassing, walk-a-thons, celebrity games
coaching sports teams
organizing community events
participating in environmental projects; e.g. clean-ups, tree planting, recycling programs
assisting in a seniors' residence
participating on committees
In the School by helping out in non-credit extracurricular activities such as:
organizing or assisting in school activities; e.g. orientation, sports meets, drama festivals, etc.
participating in school/community activities
Individuals in need, by providing assistance such as:
activities involving seniors; e.g. shovelling snow, hospital visits
activities with young people; e.g. tutoring, reading buddies
Virtually, such as:
working with organizations to help connect with seniors
organizing virtual fundraising events
facilitating discussions with newcomer youth
SPARK Ontario will help students find virtual opportunities that exist
For students graduating in 2020-21
For students graduating in the 2020-21 school year, a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities is required. Ten of these hours can come from a part-time paid job. For more information on any other adjustments to these hours or confirming your hours, please contact your school Guidance team.
For students graduating after 2020-21
The diploma requirement of 40 hours of community involvement is required.
For further information contact your school Guidance office or click on the volunteer opportunities in your area.