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Finding the right community service opportunities

1) To gain the most out of the community service graduation requirement, students should consider the following when selecting their community service experience.

  • What potential careers interest me?
  • What skills, talents, and interests do I have?
  • What issues in the community do I feel strongly about?
  • What organization in my neighborhood provide services to the community?

2) Check out the following websites that post community service opportunities

3) Research opportunities you are interested in by going to the organization's website or calling the organziation's contact person, usually the volunteer coordinator and ask the following questions.  See the sample script below.

Greeting

"Hello.  My name is (insert name). I am a student at (insert school) and have a few questions about volunteering at your organization."

Important details to consider 

Category Questions to ask the volunteer site/coordinator Questions to ask yourself
Age requirement Does the organization have volunteer opportunities for teens? Am I the right age for this opportunity?
Job description  What type of help is the organization looking for? What will I be doing when I volunteer? Does this sound interesting to me?
Transportation Where is the organization located? Do they provide transportation? Will I be able to get there from my house, school and/or work?
Hours available When does the organization need volunteers? Does this work with my schedule?
Hours required Does the organization require a minimum about of service hours? Can they meet my hour requirement? Will I be able to volunteer at least 20 hours?
Training Is there a mandatory orientation and/or training session? Am I able to attend these training?
Application What paperwork/permission do I need to start? Do I need to have a parent/guardian with me when applying? What information do I need from my parent/guardian?

Closing

Yes - I would like to volunteer at this site.

  • "Thank you for the information.  I would like to volunteer.  What are the next steps and when can I start?"

Maybe - I might want to volunteer at this site.

  • "Thank you for your time. I am researching other volunteer opportunities at this time and will contact you if I decide your experience is the right one for me."

No - I do not want to volunteer at this site.

  • "At this time, I am not interested in volunteering for your organization. Thank you for your time."
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Contacts

Phone: 414-773-9891

Email: kubetzsr@milwaukee.k12.wi.us

Community Service/Service-Learning Mentor: Sarah Kubetz

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Graduation Requirements

Learn more about the high school graduation requirements, which are new for students starting with the graduating class of 2015 in Milwaukee Public Schools. There is an overall minimum of 22 units required to graduate.

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