Guidelines for Service Hours

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Guidelines for Meeting School Service-Hour Requirements

Thank you for engaging with our advocacy opportunities at World Without Genocide.

The state of Minnesota requires that schools offer opportunities for students to become actively involved in their communities.[1]  The Minnesota Department of Education also specifies specific steps and processes for these service-learning programs.

We ask that you write a plan explaining what you will do, where, how you will evaluate your actions, and how you will reflect upon and celebrate both your achievements and your challenges.


  1. What is the advocacy initiative that you’ll address? Why have you chosen it?


  1. What goals do you have for yourself and your school or community in this process?


  1. How will these goals ‘stretch’ you in terms of learning about the topic and also in terms of the skills that you’ll need for achieving your desired outcome?


  1. How will you evaluate what you learned and the progress you made in advocating for your particular issue?


  1. Specify the actions, the timeline, and the desired outcome for your planned advocacy project.


  1. specify any community or school groups working in partnership with you on the project.


  1. How will you prepare for the project? What learning resources and other tools will you need?


  1. it’s essential to reflect on your work before, during, and after the project, and to think of how to meet unforeseen obstacles, take advantage of new opportunities, and to have an overall perspective on the outcome. Design a journal-type strategy for the beginning, middle, and end of the project.


  1. Complete the journal and submit it to World Without Genocide by the end date of the project.


  1. Celebrate your efforts! Write a short essay (100-200 words) about your project that can be shared with other Institute students and on the World Without Genocide website.


Please submit all materials to


[1] A school board is authorized to offer, as part of a community education program with a youth development program, a youth service program that provides young people with opportunities to become involved in their community, develop individual capabilities, make career connections, seek support networks and services, become active citizens, and address community needs through youth service. The board may award up to one credit toward graduation for a pupil who completes the youth service requirements of the district.    Minn. Stat. Ann. § 124D.19