Students in Service
From encouraging civic mindfulness to increasing responsibility and aiding in the betterment of the world, the benefits of community service are endless. By initiating volunteer activity at a young age, parents and schools ensure the next generation grows up with social consciousness and caring about others. San Diego’s private schools offer an abundance of opportunities to give back, with many possessing a community service requirement for graduation. Students at San Diego’s private institutions donate volunteer hours to a variety of local nonprofit organizations, based on their individual interests—from animal welfare and healthcare to underserved youth and the homeless community.
San Diego private school students are also offered numerous opportunities to volunteer on a global level. Many local schools sponsor service trips to international destinations, from Tanzania to Nicaragua to just across our local border in Tijuana.
Private school students may also choose to participate in service clubs that are part of a higher overall mission. The Interact Club, part of Rotary International, offers students ages 12 to 18 the opportunity to complete service projects that benefit their local communities as well as the international community, and encourages them to strive toward the Rotary mission of “service above self.”
To receive the President's Volunteer Service Award at the Gold level, students must complete 100 hours of community service over the course of a 12-month period.