Students attending Genesis Academy are required to obtain 35 hours of community service prior to receiving his or her high school diploma.
Why do we make this a requirement?
I. Its proven to make you happier.
Community service provides physical and mental rewards. Researchers report that when you focus on others’ needs over your own, it ignites brain activity that reduces stress and depression.
II. Volunteers gain professional experience.
Volunteers discover hidden talents that may improve their outlook. Although volunteering is work focused on others, the work and training you will receive will help determine your strengths and weaknesses. Through working with nonprofit agencies, high school volunteers learn about the functions and operations of companies and pressing social issues.
III. It brings people together.
Anyone working in community service and social work knows that one volunteer can’t do much. So whether you’ll be working with a team you’ve met before, or working with people from different background, having that common goal will allow you to accomplish more than you ever could alone.
IV. Makes a difference.
By volunteering, you have the chance to make a difference in your community that will benefit people you care about. The generosity with your time that you give will provide valuable services, and allow for extra resources to be directed towards other projects.