In order for you to graduate from high school, you will need to complete 40-hours of community service. This is a great way for you to meet new people in your community and make friends. It will also give you a chance to learn new skills, which will be important when you are looking for a job.
Volunteering will also help you learn more about where you live. In most communities, there are youth organizations where students such as yourself can participate in such activities. Your school can also help you find where to look.
This part of graduation requirements is known as community involvement. In addition to earning 30 credits, all students must complete a minimum of forty (40) hours of community involvement before graduation.
The 40-hours may be earned any time during secondary school but they must be completed outside of classroom time. You can even start earning your community involvement hours in the summer before you enter Grade 9. You can volunteer for a number of activities!
Making arrangements for the 40-hours is the responsibility of students and parents and it will be necessary to have your plan for community involvement approved.
For families that are new to Canada and to their local community, it may be difficult to know how to begin this process. The guidance counsellor or other school personnel will explain how to find the right kind of community involvement activity and how to submit it for approval.
For other requirements for successfully graduating high-school in Ontario, you can learn more here.