What does the Mandatory Community Involvement involve?
To graduate, every student in secondary school must complete 40 hours of volunteer community involvement.
Why did the government create this prerequisite for graduation?
The purpose of Mandatory Community Involvement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of the various roles they can play in their community and to help them develop a greater sense of belonging within the community
How does it work?
Students may choose to help their community, their neighbours, or their school. Community involvement
- must be completed outside scheduled class time
- must not be part of a credit course
- must be an unpaid activity
- must total 40 hours
- must be completed after beginning Grade 9
- must not displace paid workers
What role does my sponsor in the community play?
Individuals and organizations may be asked by the student to sponsor a community involvement activity. The sponsor must agree to be responsible for any training, equipment, or special preparation that is required for the activity. It is crucial that students are able to fulfill their requirements in a safe environment. The person overseeing the student's activity must then verify the date(s) and the number of hours completed on the"Completion of Community Involvement Activities" form (available at all secondary schools).
What is the role of parents/guardians?
Parents should help their child select community involvement activities Parents are also encouraged to contact the community sponsor and the school with questions or concerns A parent must sign the "Notification of Planned Community Involvement Activities" form and the "Completion of Community Activities" form if the student is under the age of 18.
As a student, what am I responsible for?
With the help of your parents, you will select an appropriate activity. If the activity is not on the Board's list of approved activities, the Principal must sign the "Notification of Planned Community Involvement Activities" form before you begin earning your hours. Then, you must complete and submit their "Completion of Community Activities" form.
What role does my Principal play?
Principals are responsible for sharing information with parents, students and community sponsors. Principals are responsible for ensuring that the completed community involvement hours are entered on the student's official transcript.
What are the eligible activities I may choose to select?
The activities listed below are approved by Trillium Lakelands DSB for completion of the community involvement requirement:
- help the elderly, sick, isolated, disabled, or disadvantaged in organized settings or on an individual basis
- work for non-profit organizations
- serve as a youth leader
- work for service clubs, community organizations, and church groups
- tutor / mentor
- provide childcare
- work in the public sector (e.g. community policing, hospitals, schools, libraries)
- community development and beautification environmental concerns
- ambassadorship work for political parties / causes
- coach, referee, score keep
Remember — you must discuss with the Principal any activities not listed above before they are started in order for them to count toward the 40 hour total.
Are there any activities that are not eligible for hours?
Ministry of Education list of ineligible activities
- already a requirement of a class or course in which the student is enrolled (e.g. cooperative education, job shadowing, or work experience)
- take place during class time; however during lunch breaks or "spare" periods is allowed
- would normally be performed for wages by a person in the workplace
- take place in a logging or mining environment,
- if the student is under 16 years of age take place in a factory
- if the student is under 15 years of age take place in a workplace other than a factory
- if the student is under 14 years of age and is not accompanied by an adult involve the operation of a vehicle, power tools, or scaffolding
- involve the administration of any type or form of medication of medical procedure to other persons
- involve handling substances classed as "designated substances" under the Occupational Health and Safety Act
- require the knowledge of a tradesperson whose trade is regulated by the provincial government
- involve banking or the handling of securities (stocks/bonds), or the handling of jewelry, works of art, antiques, or other valuable
- consist of duties normally performed by the student in the home (i.e. daily chores) or personal recreational activities involved a court-ordered program (e.g. community-service program for young offenders, probationary program)
In addition to the Ministry of Education's list of ineligible activities Trillium Lakelands DSB does not permit the following: