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York students have the opportunity to bring fun, collaboration, and hard work, as well as York’s core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and compassion to their varied volunteer roles in order to help the community grow closer and stronger. The goals of the service learning program are for students to make meaningful and positive contributions to their communities and to gain a unique experiential educational opportunity. By extending the boundaries of school, the service requirement strives to engage students in the world outside of their own, build upon their existing skill set, and broaden their horizons.

The York School Service Learning initiative designed to strengthen the community stewardship ethic and deepen learning through volunteerism and community involvement.  What we call the “Service Learning Internship” serves different purposes for the three constituent groups involved (students, community organizations, and York School). Students learn first-hand about social and environmental issues, gain experience beyond the school campus, and experience personal growth and expanded self-awareness. Community organizations benefit from expanded capacity, potential staff recruitment, and increased visibility. And, finally, through this program, York is able to support and engender contributions to the broader community, strengthen our resource network, and nurture a service ethic in the school body.

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    Elizabeth Siarny 

    History Department Chair; Director of Global Programs & Service Learning
Service internships must be:
  • Approved by the Director of Service Learning before the internship is started
  • A total of 40 hours between grades 9-12, with a minimum of 20 hours per agency
  • Non-paying and done outside of York, with a local, non-profit organization
  • Evaluated by the student, through a reflection, and the internship supervisor, at the conclusion of the internship
  • Completed before the fourth quarter of the student’s senior year
Students may explore completing internships after school, during an athletic season off, on weekends, and school breaks or summer vacation. Students are encouraged to do one internship in their 9th and/or 10th grade year and a second one in their 11th and/or 12th grade year. The process of setting up an internship is part of the experience; thus, students should handle essential communication and coordinate details through the Director of Service Learning. Please note that students may not work directly under the supervision of a parent or close relative.
It is hoped that through the service learning internship experience, the student will encounter people, places, and situations that challenge ways of thinking. The service should challenge preconceptions, raise questions, and embrace different ways of thinking, whereby engaging the student in a process of self-discovery, social responsibility, and growth. The reciprocal nature of learning and giving through community involvement is a cornerstone of our program.

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