VARSITY LETTER IN SERVICE PROGRAM BASICS
Students who volunteer 145 or more hours of service in a year can earn their school varsity letter, the same as those earned by athletes and musicians.
APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY APRIL 1.
Be a student in grades 9-12 registered at a school that offers the program.
Complete at least 145 hours of volunteer service between the months of April 1st and March 31st.
Must have at least one school-related activity (no hour requirement).
All volunteer activities must be verifiable.
Meet the 2.0 GPA requirement or receive principal GPA requirement waiver.
Connect with AmeriCorps supervisor, Michell Gentry, for access to Youth United material, applications and a volunteer opportunity list.
Connect with ASB Advisor, Sean O'Mera, for access to Youth United material, applications and a volunteer opportunity list.
Connect with Academic Advisor, Helen Lastovica, for access to Youth United material, applications and a volunteer opportunity list.
The requirements state that I have to complete at least 50 hours in a “non-school activity”. What type of volunteer work counts as a non-school activity?
- Farmer’s Market
- Stocking and distributing food at a food bank
- Community Events for a non-profit or fundraiser
- Environmental restoration work through a local non-profit
- Volunteering with a non-profit organization
These are just a few ideas; there are many ways to volunteer in your community. If you have questions about counting hours done in a non-school related activity, United Way at 457-3011.
The requirements state that I have to complete at least one “school activity”. What type of volunteer work counts as a school activity?
The following is a list of activities that can be done in school:
- Participating in a community service project through a school club
- Assisting a teacher before/after school or during the summer
- Volunteering with a parent organization within the school
- Volunteering as a student athletic trainer
- Assisting at sporting events, concerts, theater productions
If you have questions about counting hours done in a school related activity, contact United Way at 457-3011.
I volunteered on a mission trip through my church or volunteered as a camp counselor, how do I count these hours?
If you volunteer on a mission trip or as a camp counselor, the hours are calculated as follows:
- During the school year: 10 hours per day
- During the summer: 15 hours per day
If you have documentation proving that you served more hours per day, you may submit it with your application and will be credited with these hours if we are able to verify them with your provided contact.
Can I count hours from club or ASB meetings?
If you participate in a school club, you may count any hours that are spent organizing and implementing a service project. If you are in a club that uses meeting times to discuss other club business, you may not count those hours. Events such as district conventions or leadership workshops will not be counted.
I have to complete community service hours for a class or so that I can graduate, can I count these hours towards my Varsity Letter?
Yes, any community service or volunteer hours done to meet a graduation or class requirement can be counted towards your Varsity Letter in Community Service.
What are some of the other guidelines for qualifying service for the Varsity Letter Program?
Hours performed for school sanctioned activities that are a requirement or expectation of a class may be counted toward the Varsity Letter Award. Time spent in activities that qualify toward another school Varsity letter may not be applied toward the Varsity Letter in Community Service.
Work performed in a for-profit business or organization does not qualify, though there are few occasions when it will be accepted. Any work done for a for-profit business or organization must be pre-approved through the United Way of Clallam County office, before the work is started, if it is to be counted toward the Varsity Letter. Failure to pre-approve this time will automatically disqualify it for this award.
Competitions do not qualify for volunteer service for this award.