Volunteering & Service Learning
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Service learning is a teaching method designed to involve students in authentic and meaningful service to their communities. Service learning makes connections between the classroom and the community and provides structured time for students to reflect on their service experiences. It is intended to instill a sense of civic responsibility by encouraging students to assess their impact on the community as active contributors to society. Students can engage in a variety of activities.
How to Record Service Learning/Volunteer Hours in x2VOL:
x2Vol: Students track their service learning hours through x2VOL, which can be accessed through Naviance by following these steps:
- Go to the Naviance login page.
- Log into your account.
- Scroll down and click on “x2VOL.”
- If you have never signed into x2VOL, follow the prompts and complete your profile. **Assign yourself to the Class of (year you will graduate)** and this information will be verified by JMHS.
- x2VOL Dashboard is where you will Add Hours, Find Opportunities, View Groups & Goals Progress.
- Students must use x2VOL to get credit for their service learning hours. SENIORS must have their hours logged no later than April 25, 2022 to receive credit and get the black service learning cord to wear at graduation.
Additional Items to Note:
- Students should track hours in x2VOL
- Students are able to earn a diploma in the Commonwealth of Virginia without having to complete service hours.
- 40 hours = black service learning cord to wear at graduation. UPDATE: For the Class of 2022, the number of hours has been reduced to 20 hours for the black service learning cord.
- 50 hours with additional criteria = apply for The Board of Education’s Seal of Excellence in Civics Education
- 50 exclusive hours related to science service with additional criteria = apply for The Science & Environmental Seal
- Students who do not complete yearly service hours or who complete fewer than 40 hours over the course of high school will still be able to graduate
Volunteer & Service Learning Resources
- Alexandria Archaeology
- Avid About Advocacy: An interactive guidebook and website to encourage youth to get involved in their communities and engage in their passions to benefit the world.
- Belong! Vienna
- Cornerstones - Local volunteer opportunities
- Directory of Youth Services Opportunities 2021-2022
- Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Association: For most departments, the minimum age is 18; however, the Vienna, Centreville, and Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Departments accept 16 and 17-year-olds as junior members.
- Fairfax County Park Authority
- Fairfax County Volunteer
- FCPS Service Learning
- FCPS Service & Work-Based Learning Google Site - Students have access through their fcpsschools.net email address.
- Food For Others: Volunteers assist with a variety of tasks in the warehouse, with food distribution, and neighborhood sites. Located in Fairfax, VA.
- INOVA Hospital Volunteer Information, including opportunities for high school students
- Virginia Service: The Virginia Office on Volunteerism and Community Services (OVCS), within the Virginia Department of Social Services, is the lead agency for volunteerism and service for the Commonwealth of Virginia
- Volunteer Fairfax: Variety of local programs, special events and services.
- Volunteer Reston
- Women Giving Back: Volunteers help clients register, shop for clothing, restock the racks, manage client needs like a retail department store. Location in Sterling, VA.
- x2VOL: Find opportunities and track your hours.
- Listing of Additional Opportunities: Students have access through their fcpsschools.net email address.
This information is provided for your convenience. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by James Madison High School, FCPS, nor any administrator or employee of either James Madison High School or FCPS.