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    ​​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. 

    Youth Partnership Program Guidelines and Training

    Program Guidelines

    • Students may count volunteer work AFTER the completion of the school-based training workshop offered by the high school.
    • Students will not be paid for services rendered.
    • Students may use this program to meet the requirements of the ​​Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program (30-100 volunteer hours depending upon specific scholarship), and the International Baccalaureate Program* (150 volunteer hours). *IB includes Creativity, Action, and Service.  Contact the IB counselor at Spruce Creek High or DeLand High Schools for details. 

    Training

    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: 

    • the Youth Partnership Program Agreement, to be completed by the student, parent, and agency PRIOR to the volunteer service.  The completed agreement form should be submitted to your YPP Coordinator for approval prior to completing the service hours.  This process eliminates the possibility of a student proceeding with service that would not fall under the school's requirements as volunteerism.
    • the Youth Partnership Program Sign-In Sheet, used by the student to document their volunteer service and, as revised in 2016, form needs to be signed by student, parents and by the volunteer site designee. Now included in the YPP Student Handbook.
    • the Youth Partnership Program Student Handbook, which explains the program's purpose, requirements, objectives, and student responsibilities. The YPP Student Handbook also provides additional suggestions for becoming a responsible and effective volunteer. It also contains a YPP Sign-in Sheet and the YPP Volunteer Experience form for seniors.  The handbook has been updated to reflect new requirements (per HB 793 in 2016).
    • the Volunteer Experience Form, which is completed only once by exiting seniors to provide an opportunity for the student to evaluate and reflect on their volunteer service experience. It is now included in the YPP Student Handbook and has also been updated to reflect new language and ​requirements per House Bill 793 - 2016.. 
    NOTE:  The student must attend the school's YPP Volunteer Training to obtain the documentation referenced above.
     
    Students may also receive additional training/orientation from the recipient volunteer agency or organization.  It is important the student understands their job role and asks questions for clarification.  If a student is asked to do anything which makes them feel uncomfortable, they should report this to their parent/guardian, school YPP coordinator, or another trusted adult.
     
    Where to Volunteer and Acceptable Volunteer Hours 

    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:

    • Community service for public, non-profit
    • Performance that meet an identified community service
    • Youth service provided during summer vacation, weekends, and school holidays
    • Time before school, after school, during lunch hour, and in extended day programs
    • Time during the school day for dual-enrolled students, as schedule permits.
    NOTE:  Be sure to have your YPP Agreement Form completed and approved by your YPP Coordinator prior to commencing your volunteer service.

    Legislature - Passed 2016 - House Bill (HB) 793
    HB 793 modified student community service work requirements for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program awards, including Florida Academic Scholars (FAS), Florida Medallion Scholars (FMS), Florida Gold Seal Vocational Scholars (FGSVS) awards, and adds the requirement for the newly created Florida Gold Seal CAPE Scholars award.
    The bill modifies the requirements by clarifying that community service work must be volunteer work and prohibits any student from receiving remuneration or academic credit for such work; expanding volunteer service work areas to incloude a civic issue (detailed information in YPP handbook) or a professional area of interest; providing that volunteer work may now include, but not to be limited to, a business or governmental​ internship, employment with a nonprofit community service organization, or activity on behalf of a candidate for public office; and establishing accountability requirements for student volunteer work that includes documentation in writing by the student, the student's parent, and a representative of the organization where student worked.

     

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