Community Involvement

As part of the diploma requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement activities during their secondary school years. Accumulation of community involvement hours may begin the summer after grade 8. 

Students wearing volunteer t-shirts

The York Region District School Board is committed to a healthy, robust and meaningful service experience for students as they complete their community involvement hours. Community involvement is about giving of oneself to make a difference for others and for the greater good of the community. It is about developing strong character. By donating time to help others, students develop a sense of self-fulfillment and enhance their understanding and appreciation of the character attributes adopted by the York Region District School Board.

The purpose of the community involvement requirement is to encourage students to develop an understanding of civic responsibility and the role they can play in supporting and strengthening their communities. Community involvement increases student awareness of community needs and how they can make a positive difference. Helping others enhances self-image of students and fosters a greater sense of belonging. Parents/guardians can help by encouraging students to volunteer and develop lasting ties within their communities.