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.   

 Graduation Year Total # Hours Due Upon Graduation
 2017 15
 2018 25
 2019 35
 2020+ 40

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 submit my community service hours?

Students must complete a Community Service Verification Form on the school website.  Students must provide contact information for each organization.  Parents and family members are not acceptable supervisors.  Verification forms 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. 

Complete the online form here.

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, banquest, diploma and Zoo Magnet sash.  


Where can I volunteer?

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

VolunteerMatch.org

Idealist.org

HandsOn Network

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


SCIENCE (Environment, Medicine, Animals)

AIDS Walk

Animal Shelters

Aquarium of the Pacific

Friends of the Los Angeles River

Gibbon Conservation Center

Heal the Bay

Hospitals, Dental or Medical Clinics

Los Angeles Zoo

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Center

Santa Monica Pier Aquarium

Tree People: Tree Plantings, Non-native species removal

Veterinary Clinics

Wildlife Learning Center

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

Autry Museum of the American West

Habitat for Humanity

MEND

Natural History Museum Volunteer

Volunteer at a Local Museum

Volunteer for local government

MATH

Become a math tutor

ENGLISH

Volunteer at a local library

OTHER ACCEPTABLE ORGANIZATIONS

Schools (including Zoo Magnet)

Church


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