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Community Service Serves
Multiple Purposes
By Dr. Lori Gore-Green
At one time, community service
was thought of as a punishment,
intended to provide a second
chance for juvenile offenders who
hadn’t gone so far as to require
actual jail time.
This left the sentiment of
completing community service as a
punishment, or as something
sought after by the “bad kids.”
However, over the last decade, the
connotations surrounding the term
have shifted greatly.
The Sun Sentinel completed an
article to chronicle the change and
contemplate the reasoning behind
it.
Today, it is no longer common
practice for merely the delinquents
of juvenile society to engage in a
bit of community service. Three
main reasons are behind
introducing volunteering to the
avenue of the “good kids.”
First, some schools now require
community service to graduate or
as a stipulation to receive a
scholarship.
The article references several
specific schools in the Florida public
school system that has such
requirements, which are most
commonly seen amongst the
International Baccalaureate and
National Honor Students
stipulations.
Often, for both of these prestigious
enrollments, regular volunteering is
required to hold membership.
Second, some students find
community service gives them an
edge amongst the steep
competitive college market.
College admissions officers have
begun acknowledging that a
willingness to volunteer one’s time
and effort shows an altruistic nature
that appeals to the boards that
decide a student’s collegiate
education future.
Finally, the “good kids” are far more
likely to simply enjoy helping those
in need. Tight communities, such
as churches, often provide students
with regular opportunities to meet
people who have not been nearly
as lucky as they have been.
If church doesn’t present a viable
option, school counselors often
advise students to stick to their
hobbies when choosing where to
give time; volunteering will be far
more enjoyable when it is a task the
student genuinely enjoys or feels
passionate about.
Proactively, branching out in
volunteering can allow students to
test drive a chosen career path
before they are too heavily
invested.

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Changes in Community Service Throught the Decade

  • 1. Community Service Serves Multiple Purposes By Dr. Lori Gore-Green
  • 2. At one time, community service was thought of as a punishment, intended to provide a second chance for juvenile offenders who hadn’t gone so far as to require actual jail time.
  • 3. This left the sentiment of completing community service as a punishment, or as something sought after by the “bad kids.” However, over the last decade, the connotations surrounding the term have shifted greatly.
  • 4. The Sun Sentinel completed an article to chronicle the change and contemplate the reasoning behind it.
  • 5. Today, it is no longer common practice for merely the delinquents of juvenile society to engage in a bit of community service. Three main reasons are behind introducing volunteering to the avenue of the “good kids.”
  • 6. First, some schools now require community service to graduate or as a stipulation to receive a scholarship.
  • 7. The article references several specific schools in the Florida public school system that has such requirements, which are most commonly seen amongst the International Baccalaureate and National Honor Students stipulations.
  • 8. Often, for both of these prestigious enrollments, regular volunteering is required to hold membership.
  • 9. Second, some students find community service gives them an edge amongst the steep competitive college market.
  • 10. College admissions officers have begun acknowledging that a willingness to volunteer one’s time and effort shows an altruistic nature that appeals to the boards that decide a student’s collegiate education future.
  • 11. Finally, the “good kids” are far more likely to simply enjoy helping those in need. Tight communities, such as churches, often provide students with regular opportunities to meet people who have not been nearly as lucky as they have been.
  • 12. If church doesn’t present a viable option, school counselors often advise students to stick to their hobbies when choosing where to give time; volunteering will be far more enjoyable when it is a task the student genuinely enjoys or feels passionate about.
  • 13. Proactively, branching out in volunteering can allow students to test drive a chosen career path before they are too heavily invested.