About Community Service
Students must earn forty (40) hours of Community Service as one of their graduation requirements. Students may begin to earn these hours once they complete their eight (8th) grade year. The hours may be earned all at one time, or in any manner that meets the student’s schedule, during their high school years, but must be completed prior to the student’s participation in a commencement ceremony and the granting of a diploma.
Community Service is any service that is done for non-profit agencies and organizations and/or religious organizations. School service is also included. For activities that occur over more than one day, a maximum of 10 hours/day is allowed for the 40 hours of community service required for graduation. All students will record their community service hours in x2VOL.
Community Service Resources
Click here for a list of community service organizations.
Volunteermatch.org has a list of community service opportunities by location.
Visit the College & Career Center in the Newport Library for additional help. Volunteer opportunities are posted in the articles below as notices come in. Check back frequently.
Knight Valor (an award for community service hours) – Approval Deadline – May 17, 2024
Knight Valor is a Newport High School PTSA program designed to recognize students who have completed community service hours above and beyond the BSD requirement. For the Classes of 2024 and beyond, the requirement is 140 hours.
Seniors who have met the Knight Valor requirements receive a certificate, pin, and recognition in the graduation brochure.
All community service hours must recorded, submitted and approved in Naviance to count towards the Knight Valor requirement. Community service hours must be approved by May 17, 2024 in order to be eligible for the Knight Valor award in 2024. Guidelines for acceptable community service hours for Knight Valor are the same as those for the BSD graduation requirement. Namely, the community service must be done for schools, non-profit agencies, and/or religious organizations. (https://bsd405.org/nhs/counseling/community-service/).
There is no separate application process for Knight Valor awards. We will simply look at the number of approved hours in Naviance to determine students who qualify for the award.
Students who do not wish to be recognized as a Knight Valor award recipient must send an email to [email protected].
Questions or inquiries should be sent to [email protected].
Summer Programs and Other Enrichment Opportunities*
*NHS does not endorse or recommend any fee based programs
Bellevue Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy – Learn about entrepreneurship. Open to 9th – 12th grade students.
Bellevue College Occupational & Life Skills (OLS) Summer Camp – Must have an IEP, 504 plan, or documented disability. Two-week camps introduce workplace readiness skills and career options to young adults. Registration opens April 1.
Evergreen Boys State – Hands-on civics program. Open to high school junior boys.
Evergreen Girls State – Open to current high school junior girls. Experiential learning.
Fred Hutch Cancer Center HS Explorers Program – The Pathways Research Explorers Program, funded by the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health, supports rising 10th and 11th grade students (especially those from backgrounds systemically excluded from careers in biomedical science) in a two-week introductory summer program at Fred Hutch. Students must have completed a high school biology course to participate.
Microsoft Discovery Program – Summer internship for high school seniors. Check site in February for updated information.
Museum of Flight – Free programs for teens: Aeronautical Science Pathways, Private Pilot Ground School, Washington Aerospace Scholars, Aeronautical Explorations, etc.
Rustic Pathways Climate Leadership Fellowship – A leadership development program for students (age 14-18) interested in climate change and environmental sustainability, and is provided by a collaboration between the Stanford University Deliberative Democracy Lab, the Rustic Pathways Foundation and Rustic Pathways.
Simons Summer Research Program – Two student nominations per year are allowed. See your counselor before December 15.
Step-Up Short-Term Research Experience Program to Unlock Potential – High school juniors and seniors from groups historically excluded from science. Paid, full-time, 8-week science internship.
TeenLife – Provides a filterable list of summer programs.
TurnUp – Civic and Activism Remote Internship. Learn more here.
UW Youth & Teen Programs – Offers enrichment opportunities during the school year and in the summer.
WANIC Summer Courses – List of free courses is typically available around March every year. Apply early. Programs fill quickly.
Washington Business Week – For 9 -12th graders. Build leadership skills, college credit, network with business leaders, etc.
Washington State Leadership Board – Equity-focused leadership programs for youth in the State of Washington.