Student Service Learning (SSL)
Summer SSL Opportunities
1. Visit the Montgomery County Volunteer Center website frequently to find SSL opportunities that are registered as an MCPS SSL opportunity. It is updated on a daily basis. (www.montgomeryserves.org)
2. If students find a non-profit organization that is not already on the MCVC website, the student MUST seek approval first by using the MCPS Form 560-50: Individual SSL Request Form. These can be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. This must be done 10 business days before the student plans to begin earning hours.
3. Any MCPS entity is preapproved to offer SSL hours. A school based PTSA, SGA, NJHS, after-school club, etc. can offer SSL after school or during the summer.
Upcoming Student Service Learning Opportunities:
Opportunities to earn SSL hours can be found on the MontgomeryServes.org website http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/volunteercenter/volunteers/SSL.html
Students can also join the SSL Google Classroom to find up-to-date pre-approved opportunities sent specifically to CJMS by organizations that would love to have CJMS students volunteer.
Join the SSL Google Classroom using the following class code:
Please turn in all SSL forms to the Main Office.
Student Service Learning Deadlines
September 28, 2018: Documentation of all service performed during the summer is due
January 4, 2019: Documentation of all service performed during the first semester is due
June 7, 2019: Documentation of all service performed during the second semester is due
Student Service Learning Forms
Forms will be returned to students for completion if information is missing, incorrect or additional documentation is necessary. SSL hours will be awarded when a complete and approved form is submitted.
Students are encouraged to maintain records of the SSL hours they have earned by keeping copies of all forms and a log of their involvement. Review regularly the section of your report card where the record of required, earned and remaining SSL hours to complete appears.
Please check the following website to determine if an organization if preapproved. Organizations with a SSL Pre-approved banner are pre-approved.
If an organization does not have a SSL Pre-approved banner or is not listed, you must gain pre-approval before beginning the activity. Please complete the following form:
Special Information about SSL Activities:
SSL hours for involvement in auditioning, practicing, training, rehearsing, etc. in activities such as dance, sport, and music may be earned when such talents are shared with the greater community. A performance to nursing home residents, hospital patients, visit to a homeless shelter etc. are examples. Hours are available for the actual performance only, not the practice sessions and/or training involved in developing the skill. We are focusing on the practice that the service-learning activity meets a recognized need in the community, that students achieve curricular objectives etc. For further clarification, please contact the SSL Coordinator.
Students interested in earning SSL hours while working with young children must do so with a non-profit organization-such as Montgomery County Recreation Department, MCPS, etc. Applications for SSL Special Activities with for-profit organizations of this nature such as camps and day care will no longer be approved.
For-profit assisted living and nursing home facilities remain the only for-profit locations where students may earn SSL hours in MCPS. If these organizations are not listed on the pre-approved for SSL list then the student is required to complete an Application for SSL Special Activity approved in advance of any service with these for-profit organizations. Service with these organizations must be direct to the residents, nothing to support the profitability of the for-profit business.