Members of the Keystone Honors Academy are expected to demonstrate civic commitment by volunteering their time and energies to community issues, populations, and organizations—the programs and projects which are most important to their interests, experiences, and goals. At the same time, students are encouraged to expand their knowledge and understanding by selecting service opportunities which place them in unfamiliar roles and different types of service. Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of community/public service a year. Listed below are guidelines for selecting service activities.
- Direct or indirect service (support, advocacy, planning) performed through a community non-profit agency, organization, school, or care facility.
- A Keystone Honors Academy planned community service project
- Community organizing, such as voter registration.
- Service-learning hours completed for a CU class.
- Project sponsored by CU clubs or organizations for the benefit of the community.
- 2 Hours minimum should be completed with the Keystone Honors Academy
- For-profit businesses
- Paid employment, or paid internships
- Court-mandated community service
- Activities supervised by or services provided to family members.
- Independent, unsupervised projects for individuals in their homes, exceptions might include hospice visits, etc.
Students must report service hours, verified by supervisor and accompanied by descriptions of service activities, by the end of the semester in which they were completed. A letter on letterhead will suffice.
- Students planning to complete the Honors Program and earn Honors at graduation must complete community service in addition to meeting GPA, and curriculum requirements.
- The Honors Program believes that exploring the world around you is an essential part of your undergraduate education, which includes activity both inside and outside the classroom. Community service provides a means to expand your intellectual development and diversify your personal experience. Volunteering can also help you define your interests and strengths and supplement your in-class learning. It can open pathways into new careers and help you build an impressive resume. Volunteering also provides an opportunity to meet new people with similar interests and values, and affords you the chance to make a difference in your community.