Students often ask, “How many volunteer hours do I need to graduate?” As part of the Grade 12 Career Life Connection/Capstone course, students are required to provide proof of completion of 30-hours of work and/or volunteer experience which they have completed after June of their Grade 10 year. Capstone teachers will discuss this with their classes.
There are many benefits to volunteering: it helps students find their area of interest; it connects students with adult mentors in the school and community who often serve as references for scholarship applications; some programs require students to have volunteer experience in the community as part of the application process; and volunteering can be life-changing in many ways.
By volunteering you are contributing to your community, developing your skills, exploring your interest, and building a network. Those that volunteer build relationships that can support their post-secondary and career goals. You also fulfill requirements that are needed for graduation. Above all you are increasing the potential to find your passion or discover skills and talents that otherwise might not be discovered.
A great place to start is The Langley Volunteer Bureau. They have a database of over 60 organizations across Langley who provide current opportunities to students. You can create a profile at www.bettercommunity.ca and start your search. You can also consider your current network, family, friends, team members etc. who may have opportunities available. Some students create their own project that solves a problem or fulfills a need. It is also a great idea to join at least one of your school groups, clubs, teams, or councils. Current opportunities are sent out in Gator News, Grad News and Instagram @WGSSCareers.
Book an appointment HERE with your career advisor, Ms. McGee, if you need help in identifying what volunteer opportunities are right for you.
Valuable career experience can be obtained by getting involved in school clubs, teams, and other services. Employers are impressed with young adults who have several examples of involvement in school activities. Listed below are examples of school activities for you to get involved in.
Check out WGSS GNN Club Directory for a full list with contact information.
Sports Teams and Events
Environmental Club/Green Team
Me 2 We
Kindlers Society Club
Math Challengers/Mathletics Club
Indian Umbrella Club
Relay for Life
Gator Nation News (GNN)
Gator Leadership Club (GLC)
Library Advisory Council
Entertainment & Production Club
Non-electronic Activities Club