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GEDO #2 community service requirement

Community service is a part of the Milwaukee Public Schools GED Option #2 (GEDO #2) requirements.


Students enrolled in MPS GEDO #2 courses are required to complete one of the following:

  • 50 hours of community service (25 hours each semester) or
  • 25 hours of community service and 25 hours of paid employment

Why community service?

Students who participate in thoughtfully designed community service experiences are more likely to do well in school, graduate, vote, and become responsible citizens.

When young people use their talents and skills to help others and better their communities, they also help themselves. Youth volunteers can increase self-confidence, learn new skills, explore career options, build a resume, support causes they care about, meet new people, and have fun!


Ask for help

Fulfilling the community service option for graduation takes a lot of initiative, hard work, and discipline. It may be helpful to share this information with your parent/guardian(s) and ask for their ideas and help. You might even want to suggest that your community service be a family venture. Your parents, or another adult friend or mentor, may be able to help you

  • choose a project that matches your interests or hobbies,
  • check to make sure that the site you are considering is safe and able to accommodate you,
  • fill out any required paperwork, or
  • provide transportation, if necessary.
What are the community service graduation requirement components?


Your advisor is a school staff member who agrees to support you throughout your community service experience. You will submit the required community service project components to this advisor.


Your proposal is a general outline of what you plan to do. It’s not necessary for your proposal to describe exactly what you will eventually do.

Tracking form

You will use this to keep track of service dates, hours, and tasks you complete.

Final evaluation

This is the form you and your site coordinator(s) will use to evaluate your level of professionalism. This should be done at each placement where you complete at least five volunteer hours.

Final reflection

This essay describes your community service and what you learned about yourself and others.

What is the suggested timeline for completing the community service graduation requirement option?

Community service hours and activities may be completed during any one semester of high school.

Suggested time frame

Within the first 4 weeks of the semester: Connect with your advisor.

Within the first 6 weeks of the semester: Submit the proposal to your advisor.

After your proposal is approved: Update the tracking form to record your service dates and hours.

Monthly: Submit your tracking form to your advisor.

After your service is completed: Complete the final evaluation form and write your final reflection.

At least one week before the end of the year: Upload final documents to Career Cruising and submit the project components listed above to your advisor.

Once all forms are submitted: Advisors verify that all requirements have been met, sign the tracking form, and submit all community service documents to your school’s guidance office.

What qualifies as community service?

Community service is donated service or activity that is performed by an individual or group to meet the needs of others and to better the community. In order to meet the MPS graduation requirement, the following must occur:

  • Service must be completed through a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or local government agency (ex., school district, library, police department) or another MPS-approved community service experience.
  • Service must be completed under the supervision of an adult at the agency.
  • You cannot be paid for your service.
  • Service may not be part of a criminal justice sanction.
  • Service hours completed at school must take place outside of academic class time.

You may complete community service projects on your own or with a group of your friends as long as each student completes the required number of hours and submits their own proposal, tracking form, evaluation, and reflection.


Phone: 414-773-9891


Community Service/Service-Learning Mentor: Sarah Kubetz

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