Service Learning

What is the service learning requirement?

Effective January 2016, students must serve 10 hours per school year totaling a minimum of 40 hours of service learning as a graduation requirement of the North Hollywood Zoo Magnet Center.

What is the purpose of the service learning requirement?

The purpose of the service learning requirement is to give our students the opportunity to become ethical citizens and community contributors. We hope our students will develop a respect for others and the environment. Students must complete their service hours in order to qualify to attend the senior trip and to earn a Zoo Magnet diploma and sash.

What qualifies as service learning?

  • Service learning must be completed at a non-profit organization.

  • A student may volunteer for a single organization or at a variety of organizations.

  • Students are encouraged to complete their hours in areas related to their personal interests.

  • Paid experiences do not qualify.

  • Working without pay at your job or for a family business does not qualify.

  • Students cannot earn hours for donating items or money...only their time.

  • The service learning requirement will be prorated for students transferring into the Zoo Magnet (5 hours per semester of attendance).

How do I submit my community service hours?

Students must create an account through the Zoo Magnet page on TrackItForward. Once they have an account, students can log and track their hours through the website. Students must provide contact information for each organization. Parents and family members are not acceptable supervisors. Hours must be submitted within one month of the date of service. Hours earned over summer should be turned in at the beginning of the school year in August. The deadline for submitting community service hours is May 15th of each school year.

What happens if I don't complete my hours?

If a student does not complete the required hours by May 15th, an additional 5 hours of service will be required each year in order to qualify for the senior trip, earn Zoo Magnet designation on your diploma, and wear a Zoo Magnet sash at graduation.

Where can I volunteer safely during COVID?

Please see this list (live document, updated regularly) for suggestions!

Where can I volunteer?

Websites to help you find volunteer opportunities. Enter your field of interest and your area.

HandsOn Network

Below is a list of a few acceptable organizations categorized by subject.

SCIENCE (Environment, Medicine, Animals)

American Red Cross


Animal Shelters

Aquarium of the Pacific

Friends of the Los Angeles River

Gibbon Conservation Center

Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay Aquarium

Hospitals, Dental or Medical Clinics

Los Angeles Zoo

LA Animal Services

LA Guinea Pig Rescue

Pasadena Humane Society

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Center

Sante D'Or Foundation

STAR Ecostation

Tree People: Tree Plantings, Non-native species removal

Veterinary Clinics

Wildlife Learning Center

SOCIAL STUDIES / SCIENCE (Human Rights, Poverty, History)

Assistance League

Autry Museum of the American West

Children's Defense Fund

Downtown Women's Shelter

Food on Foot

Habitat for Humanity

Meals on Wheels

MEND Poverty

Natural History Museum Volunteer

One on One Outreach

Volunteer at a Local Museum

Volunteer for local government


Become a math tutor


Volunteer at a local library

Reading to Kids


School on Wheels

Schools (including Zoo Magnet)