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Community Service Requirement

Students are required to serve a minimum of 10 hours of community service per year of attendance in order to be eligible to participate in graduation ceremonies. In other words, students must serve a total of 40 hours of community service total. 

Upon completion of service, fill out and submit the Community Service Verification Form to your academic counselor. 

What counts as community service? 

  • The hours served must be for the benefit of the community, not for the benefit of a profit making business
  • You may not count your membership in a religious organization, such a youth group or choice, as community service. However, if you perform community service hour with such a group, the hours do count. 
    • Ex - Performing religious duties does not count but helping with office work, tutoring, or maintenance at a religious institution counts. 
  • Membership in Scouts or Explorers does not count towards community service hours. If you perform volunteer work as a part of your scouting activities, you may count those hours.
  • Volunteering to work on a political campaign or to register voters counts as community service. 
  • If you participate in an after school or weekend service project at Uni, it counts as community service as long as it is not a class or club assignment for a grade. Working in the cafeteria, an office, a classroom, or as a tutoring during lunch or after school counts. If it is during class time, it does not count. 
  • Contributing blood during a blood drive counts as two hours of community service. 
  • Babysitting is not a community service. Day care is usually a business, not a non-profit organization, unless it is a Healthy Start or LAUSD childcare center, or other non-profit organizations where you are not getting paid. 
  • Volunteering at any hospital or free clinic counts, but volunteering at a private doctor's office does not. 
  • You may volunteer your time at any non-profit organization.