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Community Service, Civic Learning, Field Work & Work Experience

Being involved outside of school is as important as staying on top of your classes and we want you to be intentional about how you use your time. We offer opportunities in school to develop your "brand," but you need to show evidence of growth and potential beyond the walls of HSC. Trying a variety of experiences can be quite helpful, but know that many colleges and jobs want to see a commitment to something over a long period of time.  For example, if you love animals, volunteer at the animal shelter on Saturdays for a few years and take the interest a step further by organizing a fundraiser to help buy pet food for the animals. So explore your interests, discover your passion, and take action by committing to something! 
Please stop by the office and speak with Rosalyn, Jess or Chris for information.


Community Service- This is a non-paying job performed for the benefit of the community or its institutions. 
  • Civic Learning Experience- This provides students with the knowledge, skills and values they need to be informed and engaged participants in our democracy, including Youth Court, mock trial competitions and organizing student voting. 
  • Fieldwork Experience- ´╗┐Fieldwork is the gathering of information about something in a real, natural environment rather than a place of study such as a laboratory or classroom/  This type of experience works to enhance and deepen your understanding of a topic while gaining valuable career experience. 
Work Experience- Many students work for many different reasons.  Whatever the reason, be aware that you're building work and career skills in real time. Take note of your tasks and pay attention to the skills you are asked to perform while at work. 
Document your experiences- One aspect of crafting your high school experience is documenting what you're doing! The forms are below, as well as a link to the website you'll need to track your New Haven Promise volunteer hours (40 total).