1. Integrate Access to Service in K-12 Schools and Universities
Our Vision: Integrate service and access to volunteer opportunities into existing programming at K-12 schools and universities by:
- Providing volunteer management and tracking support using technology to K-12 schools with student volunteer programs.
- Encouraging more youth and family volunteering through our volunteer platform, community-wide Days of Service, and more.
- Integrating service as a bigger part of learning at universities and colleges and providing additional opportunities to volunteer beyond campus to prevent graduates from dropping out of service once college ends (a current trend).
Current Progress Towards This Vision: Good
- Since our launch in 2005, we have worked with college students, student groups, school service clubs, youth groups, and families to facilitate thousands of volunteer connections.
- In 2008, we developed a Leadership & Service service-learning curriculum designed for Grades 9-12. The curriculum was piloted at Broughton High School in Raleigh and the East Wake School of Integrated Technology in Wendell during the 2010-2011 school year. It has since been used at the NC School of Science and Math, Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy, Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy, The Fletcher Academy, Garner Magnet High School, East Wake High School, Wake County 4-H, and Movement of Youth in Durham, NC. Over 350 Triangle area teens have completed the curriculum through their schools.
- Since 2013, Activate Good has hosted Family Volunteer Day each year in November to highlight volunteer activities that families of all shapes and sizes can serve together.
- In 2014, we launched a youth volunteer opportunity filter and enabled teens age 13 and up to create volunteer user accounts on our volunteer platform.
- In 2016, we brought on a full-time Youth Programs Coordinator to devote more attention to the effort to engage more youth in volunteering in the Triangle.
- Since 2016, Activate Good has served on the Wake County Public School System’s subcommittee to increase student engagement in volunteering in the community.
- In 2017, Activate Good launched our first annual Teen Leadership & Service Summer Program to give teens an opportunity to learn about community issues, develop leadership skills, and volunteer while out of school during the summer.
How You Can Help: To build on past success and expand this effort, we’ll need:
- Financial Support to cover the costs of project supplies, outreach, and program management. Want to help? Make a contribution of any size (or, become an Activator, a recurring donor!).
- Your time and talents. Volunteer within Activate Good: Learn about our current needs.
- Help spreading the word. Know of a family, teen, school, or college group who might want to volunteer in the community? Tell them about us.
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