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Community Service and 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 ServiceThis is a non-paying job performed for the benefit of the community or its institutions. 
Work ExperienceMany 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). Check out the form description below to find the one right for you!
  • School Based Services are any experiences that are directly connected to HSC, including helping with SLC's, organizing a dance or an event at the school.
  • Community Based Services are those experiences you have that aren't directly tied to HSC, including Youth Court, Big Brother Big Sister and tutoring at a K-8 school.