The Youth Partnership Program (YPP) encourages high school students to serve as community volunteers with the purpose of increasing their awareness of the needs of the community and the lifelong value of volunteerism. It also provides the opportunity for students to become knowledgeable about their rights and responsibilities as a community volunteer.
A YPP volunteer gives their time and talent by choice, without receiving payment or curriculum credit, to help others in their community or at their school. In the act of volunteering students gain personnel satisfaction, explore careers, develop leadership skills, make new friends, and possibly obtain future job experience. Documented and approved volunteer hours are recorded by the high school and will appear on the student's high school transcript. Volunteer experience can be an important asset on job and college applications.
All students must attend a training session with their high school's YPP Coordinator PRIOR to starting their community service. The training provides general guidelines on volunteering, tips to find a volunteer placement, and the necessary paperwork to document their service hours for the school. These trainings are held periodically throughout the school year at each high school and it is the responsibility of the student to attend. The documentation obtained at the training includes:
It is the responsibility of the student to arrange for their volunteer experience. Many special interest clubs at schools participate in learning service projects, such as community clean-up, earth day projects, or tutoring in after-school programs, help Habitat for Humanity, and Special Olympics. Students can also contact non-profit organizations for possible placement. Examples include, but are not limited to, Boys & Girls Clubs, Boys Scouts, Girls Scouts, local libraries, churches/synagogues, environmental groups, historical preservation organizations, food banks, senior centers, and health fairs. There are also many opportunities within our own schools and at all levels for high school students to volunteer. Acceptable volunteer hours include: