Should 40 hours of community service be mandatory? Welcome ladies and gentlemen , my name is Gary Gidhay. I am here today to convince you that the minimum requirement of 40 volunteer hours is not only helpful to your community, but it is also essential to the development and health of the average teen. Now the average teen is bombarded with distractions, some of these being social networks, friends,family affairs/problems,video games, and even relationships in general. Some adults may think that these can be easily avoided , however those people are incredibly wrong. Being a teen in this generation is like nothing anyone will ever experience , we have everything at our fingertips , we have so many things to do it is almost impossible to get anything productive done. This is just one reason why the 40 mandatory community service hours are incredibly important to teens. These hours teach us things that if we were not forced to do , we would never learn and would make it very hard for us to strive in a typical work environment. We learn skills that we will use for the rest of our...
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Community service is something that I have always engaged. In college, I worked with chemically dependent children as both a caretaker and a mentor. After I graduated, I taught at-risk children in a community youth outreach program. To remain involved and aware of the focus of my studies during my first year of law school, I volunteered at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center teaching youth their basic legal rights. Essentially, we strove to empower kids by providing practical information about the legal system and to help them develop more favora...
Imagine a typical teen, they have a job, homework, sports, and other extracurriculars. They don’t get home till late at night and they are exhausted. This teen can take much more and thankfully they are about to graduate, but wait the school wants them to fit in one hundred of community service into that schedule in order to graduate. How on earth is this busey teen suppose to do that with all that they have going on? Students should not have to do one hundred hours of community service to graduate high school.
Kim, in the United States, grades are not the only factor in evaluating school applicants and job candidates. From Rhodes Scholar selections to college applications, excellence in other areas such as leadership, volunteer activities, sports and arts is equally important (p82-90). In American schools, students are encouraged to do volunteer work. So much so that many schools have guidelines for how much time students are expected to spend serving in the community. Children learn the value of giving from an early age. Volunteer activities is one way Americans feel a part of things and share the goal of serving and contributing to build their communities. From neighborhood watch programs to environmental issues, Americans do not wait for the government to initiate action: they take action to bring about the changes they desire. Therefore, Americans view volunteer work as a way to teach children and young adults values such as cooperation and teamwork, dedication and work ethics, equality and social justice, leadership, generosity and compassion for
Community service hours are a significant issue to all students around the globe, as they are taking a substantial amount of time away from their lives scouring for some kind of work to do. This is especially a problem for those who do not live near any public organizations, and do not have the schedule to do any work for them. Most students go searching around their neighborhood asking if their neighbors have any work for them, which does not help anyone academically. Thus, most community service hours that are done don’t relate to their academic classes or technical area.
At the start of the semester each year, students of all ages are asked the same questions. What kinds of classes are you enrolled in? I am in five AP classes. And? I am also playing varsity volleyball. And? I go to music lessons every Wednesday and Saturday for violin. Well, how about community service? There must come a point when society needs to step back and really focus on the damage that words have on the young mind, and on the fact that children are simply incapable of juggling all of these demands, both physically and mentally. Instead of expecting so much out of a child when they are already involved with plenty of (and in most cases, too many) activities, it should cross the mind to offer
Service hours are extremely significant in order to gain necessary skills that will help an individual in the future. It is rather difficult to decide where to volunteer due to the various options on campus and within the community. I have chosen to do my service hours through College Mentors for Kids on campus at Ball State University. I have been involved with this organization for three semesters and I am hoping to expand my leadership role in the future. College Mentors for Kids connects college students with elementary students who need it the most. This organization creates a brighter future for young individuals and gives all students hope in life!
Community service has been around since the existence of communities because communities often cannot exist with out the participation of their members. As stated before, community service began to be required in school systems in 1997 in Maryland. According to Kate McPpherson, director of Project Service Leadership in Vancover, WA, community service “… emphasizes the habits and skills of volunteerism” (McPherson 2002). While community service sounds good and beneficial for strengthening skills and membership in the community, it was met with poor results and strong opinions against its requirements. Simply requiring students to fulfill a certain amount of community service hours wasn’t enough, many students did not cooperate. It was found that incorporating community service activities into a class room sett...
“Just join, you need the service hours for graduation.” Those words echoed through my mind as I contemplated joining clubs with my friends. Prior to junior year, the idea of volunteering never crossed my mind, and when my friends asked if I wanted to join any clubs with them, I was hesitant to respond. I had no motivation to assist my neighborhood, but the notion of benefiting from the community service hours ultimately convinced me to join. I figured it was a great idea to start building hours for the community service requirement to graduate, but little did I know I would come to love helping my community.
Although community serviced is beneficial is beneficial for a teenager's development of both character and academic, but when community services become required or mandatory, the original purpose of community services is being altered and have a more negative effect than positive on the students. Resume padding is very prevalent in college-bound student who volunteers, some of the students are not willingly to volunteer but rather being "forced" to volunteer to increase their acceptance rate into particular colleges. Mandatory volunteerism might also have negative effects on students' intentions to volunteer freely in the future. Furthermore, through statistics of numerous researches, most students currently in school do not support mandatory volunteer.
In high school, students are required to have a certain amount of community service hours, and volunteering plays an important role in that department. Volunteering is when you help out your community without being payed. But many high schoolers are too caught up in their social life to even care about volunteering much less the benefits to it. Most of the time students don’t realize the benefits of volunteering such as on a job resume. A job recruiter will see that you volunteer, these are great quality’s for a future career. So although students may hate volunteering it will help them in the long run.
I plan to achieve the 25 hours of community service by making a schedule and in my free time I will complete some community service. I plan to be active in my community because I want to have long lasting impact on the community. I want to be known for my hardwork, dedication, and positivity. I want to help others because I love helping others and making them happy. I want everyone to feel loved and happy. Giving back to the community is important because it is for a good cause, you are exposed to different opportunities, and it helps build your character and
A movement has swept across America where school systems have begun requiring students to volunteer in order to graduate. This new prerequisite has two main flaws that it imposes on High School students. The first problem is that lots of students don’t have time to do any service because they have other commitments; this prerequisite would, secondly, remove a distinguishing element from students who already do community service and excel in school.
“Voluntary work intended to help people in a particular area.” That was the textbook definition of “community service.” But notice how it says “voluntary?”, that means doing something on your own free will if I remember correctly. Across America, it’s been a mandatory requirement of young high school and college students to perform a certain amount of community service hours to graduate for quite some time. Some even believe all 18-year olds should perform a whole entire year of community service before they can even go to work to make a living or enter college/university. But this idea is not only a flawed one but a detrimental one as well.
Mandatory service wouldn’t exactly help benefit the U.S. If all adult citizens were required to perform one year of community service by age 30, people wouldn’t enjoy helping others as much. There are a couple of reasons I believe this. They include organizing the service work for the citizens, and not getting back what you put in.