What will we do?

Participants will take part in discussions and activities to learn more about social issues facing Alexandrians.  They will volunteer at locations in the city each day and hear from a speaker.

Will I receive service hours for participation?

For one day programs you will receive five direct service hours and eight service learning hours.  For three day programs you will receive 15 direct service hours and 24 service learning hours. We are happy to complete service verification forms, please bring them with you.

What about transportation?

Participants will be provided passes and will use public transportation to get from location to location. 

Will I be supervised?

Participants will be supervised by qualified adults the entirety of the program  The adults undergo a background check and have extensive experience working with youth in secondary education.  There will be a ratio of less than 10 youth to one adult for middle school programs and 12 youth to one adult for high school programs.

What do I need to bring?

Bring a small backpack, pen or pencil and a water bottle.  Less is more - you will be responsible for carrying everything you bring.  Lunch and snacks are provided, please let us know about dietary restrictions.
If you need a signed service verification form, please bring it.

What do I wear?

Please wear appropriate clothing, keeping in mind the weather. Please plan on bringing a raincoat, hat or sunscreen as needed. Dressing in layers is best; wearing clothing that you don't mind getting dirty is good. Please wear appropriate clothing with the understanding that we are guests at the nonprofits where we will serve.  Closed toe shoes are required.

Can I see a schedule?

Sample Schedule:
8:00 a.m. – Registration & Welcome
Morning: Examine the issues addressed by first service site, volunteer and reflection
Lunch
Afternoon: Examine the issues addressed by second service site, volunteer and reflection
Late afternoon: Service learning exercise or speaker & snack
Farewell: Certificates and final reflection
6:30 p.m.

Is the program residential?

No, the program runs from about 8:30am to 6:00pm each day.  The day's schedule may vary +/- 30 min and pick-up and drop off locations may vary each day.  Students will receive the full schedule with specific times & drop off/pick up location.

Why is the cost different for City of Alexandria residents?

In addition to support,  the program is funded through a grant from the City of Alexandria. Funds can only be applied to students who live in the City of Alexandria.