Community Service/CAS

Service Opportunities

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COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Click here to check out the Eugene IHS Google Doc link of ongoing volunteer opportunities

Community Service Organizations who Participated in our CAS Fair 2018

Other Community Service Organizations

French Community Service Options

Spanish Community Service Options

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RUN FOR A REASON – JOIN RELIEF NURSERY’S MARATHON TEAM
The Eugene Mararathon will take place April 28-30. Join the Relief Nursery’s marathon team.
Step 1: Decide if you would like to participate in the 5K, Half or Full marathon.
Step 2: Email Maggie at maggihi@reliefnursery.org. You will be sent details about participating, and your fundraising page will be created for you.
Step 3: Start fundraising! Instead of paying a registration fee, you commit to fundraising the amount listed below, and will be given a code to register for the race on Relief Nursery’s team. Through Eugene Marathon’s Run for a Reason program, the funds you raise will be donated back to Relief Nursery!

Race Fundraising Goals
Full Marathon- $200
Half Marathon- $150
5K- $50

Click here for more information.

Contact Maggie at maggihi@reliefnursery.org to join our team and get started on fundraising!

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BAGS OF LOVE
You can earn community service hours by doing take-home art projects like making bracelets and blankets, etc.
Click here for volunteer opportunities.

CONTACT: 541-357-4957, info@bagsofloveinc.org
Website: bagsofloveinc.org

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FRIENDS OF HENDRICKS PARK
Youth & Teen Empowerment Program Begins 1/21/23! Spaces Available!
The Friends of Hendricks Park are currently recruiting high school juniors and seniors for a skill-building and leadership opportunity at Hendricks Park. If you’re 16-18 years old, and are interested in environmental stewardship, ecology, botany, and/or outdoor leadership, we invite you develop your knowledge and hone your skills as a participant in the Winter 2023 Youth & Teen Empowerment Program (YTEP). As a YTEP participant, you’ll have the chance to volunteer alongside Parks staff on a wide range of stewardship projects within the Hendricks Park forest. Learn how to identify native plants, manage invasive species, maintain trails and develop leadership experience. Works parties are held on Saturday afternoons from 1 – 4 pm, and run from January 21st through March 31st. Space is limited, and (free) registration is required.

To register or, for questions, contact Cait Wisbeski, Hendricks Park Volunteer Coordinator at 541-510-4636.

Check here for more volunteer opportunities.

Other Eugene Parks Hosted Events

Eugene’s Park and Open Space volunteer calendar is a great place to learn about other volunteer events throughout our park system
Garden and Community: Tuesdays at Hendricks Park  |  Tuesdays
Hendricks Park Native Plant Garden  |  Thursdays
Native Plant Nursery  |  Fridays at Alton Baker Park. Seed harvest, seed cleaning, grounds maintenance and planting. Tools, gloves and instruction provided. Click here for flyer.
Friends of Owen Rose Garden  |  Fridays.  Take care of the Rose Garden.  Tools, instruction and snack provided. Click here for flyer.
Alton Baker Park Work Party  |  3rd Thursday of Each Month. Keep the park clean.  Tools and snacks provided. .

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COYOTE OUTDOOR SCHOOL
High school students have a unique opportunity to volunteer at Coyote Outdoor School during our Spring 2023 season, April 10thMay 25th! At Outdoor School, fifth and sixth graders spend several school days participating in an immersive nature program. Volunteers run essential parts of our Outdoor School programs by assisting with field studies and engaging with students during games and campfire songs. Required training on March 30-31. (Makeup training is available). High school students have time to study and support keeping up with homework while volunteering.High school volunteers receive daily mentoring from staff while co-leading activities that inspire younger students to translate curiosity to inquiry. The opportunity to be a volunteer is a transformative experience for high school students—many find new self-assurance motivating them to pursue college degrees in science, education, or natural resources management. They gain hands-on leadership experience that they can include on resumes and applications and can earn volunteer hours. Being a volunteer at Outdoor School also enhances maturity, builds confidence, and improves social interactions and classroom learning when they return to school.Complete interest form here: bit.ly/coyoteinterest
Read more about the Coyote Leader program on our website: bit.ly/coyoteleaders.

CONTACT:
Makenna “Maple” Colby (she/they)
Volunteer Special Projects Coordinator
Coyote Outdoor School 

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ARC OF LANE COUNTY
The ARC has ongoing volunteer opportunities.  Click here for a flyer.

CONTACT:
Nancy Berge | Families Connected
Assoc Director
(458) 215-4260 direct
(541) 606-9061 cell
4181  E  Street, Springfield, OR 97478
nancy.berge@arclane.org
Website: https://arclane.org/youthservices/families-connected/
Join us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/329569783790528/
Instagram: Arc_Families_Connected

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BALLET FANTASTIQUE
Ballet Fantastique is a resident company of the Hult Center for Performing Arts and as with all live-theatre, each show that we perform requires a great amount of manpower to make the magic happen! Rolling out our specific dance flooring, loading and unloading props to and from the theatre, and other backstage tasks are a big part of making our shows come to life and unfortunately, we are always short on hands to do these jobs. As a result of this shortage of help, these tasks fall on our dancers to stay before and after performing each night of shows -to gain volunteers would immensely help our performers not to have to do the jobs of so many people. This would be a great option for students looking for community service hours; especially those involved with theatre, dance, and like-performing art interests.

CONTACT:
Brooke Geffrey-Bowler
(541) 342-4611

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2023 FRIENDS OF THE EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY ANNUAL BOOK SALE
Students …….Save the dates . . . . Announcing the 2023 Friends of the Eugene Public Library Annual Book Sale
April 14 – Set up
April 15 & 16 – Sale dates
We Need Your Help!! This is a great opportunity to add some community service hours to your list!! To make this year’s Book Sale another grand success, we hope to have your help as a volunteer again in April. Volunteers set up books on tables, re-stock tables, keeping books in good viewing order and helping customers as needed. Volunteers who need to sit can help greet customers and monitor entrances and exits. Strong-muscled volunteers can help lift boxes for dealers and big volume customers.
We’ll send more information in a few weeks, but in the meantime, please circle April 14, 15, and 16 on your calendar. Spread the word to your friends and family — we’re always looking for more helpers to join the volunteer fun. And the Sale is always a great opportunity for book lovers to find wonderful books at hard-to-beat prices!
Without you, the sale just wouldn’t be the same. Hope to see you in April,
Judy Reyneke
Volunteer Coordinator
Friends of the Eugene Public Library

Click here for a flyer

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SLEEP IN HEAVENLY PEACE
A non-profit that makes beds for kids. Eugene Chapter of Sleep in Heavenly Peace is looking for Junior/Senior student volunteers to help build beds for kids in our community and help take care of some of those community service hours students need. No skills needed. We provide everything and will have a team to help train and build alongside the student volunteers. Parents are welcome as well. Most of all IT’S FUN!
Click here for a flyer.
Click here for the QR code for the volunteer sign-up form.
Questions: Connie Jonas, Chapter President
Connie.Jonas@shpbeds.org
541-729-0420
FB: @SHPEugene
Connie.Jonas@SHPbeds.org
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EUGENE SCIENCE CENTER
Calling interested students who would like to join Eugene Science Center’s Exhibit Hall Team! Are you interested in working behind-the-scenes at a local museum? Do you have a passion for working in an educational setting and helping others? Come to an information session to learn more!

Attend an Information Session at Eugene Science Center held on the 3rd Thursday of every month from 5:30pm-6:30pm.
November 17
December 15
January 19
February 16
March 16
April 20

Location: Eugene Science Center, 2300 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, OR 97401
Contact: Sara Lamog, Guest Relations and Volunteer Coordinator, slamog@eugenesciencecenter.org

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CIRCLE OF FRIENDS SCHOOL
Serves youth with severe disabilities and has volunteer opportunities for students. Please check out our website www.circleoffriendsschool.org

In the spring, we will hold our annual spring break camp during the last week in March [3/27-3/31].  Interested students can visit our website and use our contact page https://circleoffriendsschool.org/contact/ or contact us through social media on Instagram and Facebook @circleoffriendsschool

Click here for a volunteer flyer about day camps.
Click here for a general volunteer flyer.

CONTACT: Jennifer Davis M.S. Special Education
Co-Founder and Executive Director // Circle of Friends
541.321.0107 // circleoffriendsschool.org

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KIDSPORTS
We have some wonderful opportunities for students to work with kids, have fun, grow and gain valuable skills.   Below is the link to our Volunteer page and interest form.  We have the current offerings listed on the interest form.

https://kidsports.org/volunteer/

Please contact me if you have any questions.
Beth Nitkowski
Senior Sports Manager
She/Her/Hers
541-683-2374 Ext 213
Office Hours: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
www.kidsports.org

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FRIENDS of BUFORD PARK
Thanks to a group of International Baccalaureate students who are volunteering time in Buford Park, I’ve been made aware of the IB program and the valuable work students from the 4J international high school are engaging in around the Eugene/Springfield area. Friends of Buford Park would love to engage more students from the International High School program in a number of projects we have available in our stewardship area.
Ongoing projects include:
Native plant nursery operations
Friends maintains a 2-acre native plant nursery that supports habitat restoration efforts by Friends and partner organizations across the region. The nursery plays host to many uncommon and relatively rare species endemic to the upper Willamette valley.
Invasive species management and utilization
The native habitats of Buford Park compete with invasive plant species like blackberry, scot’s broom and thistles for space in the landscape. Part of the stewardship efforts of Friends is to manage these invasive species in such a way as to give native species the opportunity to thrive. We are also actively looking for new and creative ways to create markets for utilization of the plant material byproducts from these management activities. Volunteers contribute to this effort through cutting, digging and pulling invasive plants both by hand and with mechanical and motorized equipment.
Trail Maintenance
Buford Park contains a trail system over 25 miles long that is used by approximately 500,000 visitors annually. This heavy use requires constant maintenance of the trail surfaces, rebuilding of trail beds, closing of desire line trails that accelerate erosion, and clearing of woody debris, trees and brush that impact trail user experience. Volunteers support this work through mechanical and motorized management of trailside vegetation, removing organic material from trail surfaces and on some occasions, decommissioning and rebuilding new trail. 
Wetland Restoration
Friends of Buford Park and Mt. Pisgah steward the Turtle Flats preserve at the confluence of the Coast and Middle Fork Willamette rivers. This preserve is closed to the public and is the site of an historic wetland restoration project embarked on by Friends, State Parks, Lane County and other partners. The preserve is adjacent to Glassbar state park, a water-access-only park at the head of the mainstem Willamette river, and the Willamette Confluence Preserve, another nature preserve closed to the public. Volunteers assist in restoration efforts at Turtle Flats through planting native shrubs and trees, removing trash and other human-produced debris, managing invasive plant and animal species and doing public outreach and education about the site.
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In addition to these ongoing opportunities, we have an ever-changing list of project-based opportunities for volunteer engagement.  At the top of this list is a trail building project on the east side of the park. Friends is rerouting Trail 3 East to improve trail conditions and help conserve sensitive wet prairies habitats adjacent to the current trail. This project will include trail building, foot bridge demolition, culvert installation, utility bridge construction and trail decommissioning work. Some aspects of this project are appropriate for unskilled volunteers, some aspects would be appropriate for unskilled volunteers if supervised by a skilled adult and other tasks are only appropriate for those with some level of trail building knowledge.
If any of these projects and opportunities sound intriguing to individuals or groups of students, please let me know and I can provide an outline of what volunteering on that particular project might look like.

CONTACT: Jared Tarr, Intern and Volunteer Coordinator
Pronouns: He/Him/They/ThemWhat’s This?
Friends of Buford Park & Mt. Pisgah
541.606-7587
volunteer@bufordpark.org
intern@bufordpark.org
please visit us on-line at www.bufordpark.org

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CITY OF EUGENE RECREATION
City of Eugene Recreation Department has a variety of volunteer opportunities for individuals interested in sharing their time and talent. Volunteers play a vital role working together with staff to create safe, healthy and livable communities and recreational opportunities for all. Click here for volunteer opportunities.
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BRISTOL HOSPICE – VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY
Gain experience in the world of healthcare and make a difference by volunteering with Bristol Hospice! Bring comfort to those on their end of life journey by taking care of pets, creating memory boards, playing music, or sharing a conversation! Contact our volunteer coordinator, Katie Desautels, to learn more at 385.415.4776, or email her at: katie.desautels@brisotlhospice.com.

This opportunity is available for volunteers ages 14 and up.

Katie Desautels- She/Her
Volunteer Coordinator
1077 Gateway Loop B
Springfield, OR 97477
Office: (541) 844- 0151
Cell: (385) 415-4776
Fax: (541) 636- 2722
Website: https://bristolhospice-eugene.com/

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SOUTHWEST HILLS LIVING and NORTH GILHAM LIVING MAGAZINES – STUDENT WRITERS NEEDED
We are looking for any IHS students looking for some community service hours for help writing in our monthly newsletter. We also give out gift cards to your favorite stores for your help!  We would love help with our monthly content finding athletes, academic achievers, pets, kids corner to write about in the SW Hills Living Magazine.  If you like Instagram, we also post weekly pics showcasing our SW Hills residents.

Here’s a sample of the magazine: https://pubmanager.n2pub.com/share/or/CcqwlPf3

If interested contact Kimberly Williams, Publisher, N2 Publishing: kimberly.williams@n2pub.com, 541-954-3163


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DEXTER RURAL FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
We are always looking for individuals who have a passion for helping others, who are interested in Fire/EMS, or anyone who is looking for something new to try!  This is a great opportunity for those wanting to get into the medical field or those needing some more volunteer hours.

Click here for an informational brochure
Click here for an informational flyer

Contact:
Faith Huff (FF/EMT)
faithhuff.dexterfire@gmail.com
(458) 210-8544

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BLACK STUDENT MAGAZINE
Join Black middle and high school students from across Oregon in creating the next edition of Black Student Magazine!  Gather weekly on Wednesdays after school via Zoom to celebrate Black culture and make new friends statewide while improving your writing and multimedia skills. Participating students receive mentoring and writing support from University of Oregon journalism undergraduates who are also students of color. Learn photography, writing, layout, design and leadership skills. No prior journalism experience is required.

Click here for informational flyer

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SEHS ROTARY INTERACT CLUB
Our club is a service group that helps people all over our community. Each year, we run a free, virtual tutoring program for kids in grades K-8 in our local area and we need student volunteers!  We are looking for students in any grade that would be excited to volunteer as tutors. Our tutors work in a variety of subjects based on their personal interests and skills. They can also tutor any age group that they feel comfortable in. Some benefits of this program include, but aren’t limited to, flexible volunteer hours based on tutor’s own schedules, great experience to add to college applications, and making a huge impact on the lives of kids!

If you have any questions let me know or check out our website for more information:   sehsrotaryinteract.org

Walker Sheidow (She/Her)
Rotary Interact Community Tutoring Program Lead

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LANE COUNTY 4-H
Lane County 4-H is in the process of recruiting new leaders for our upcoming 4-H year; the 4-H year runs October-September. Many folks confuse 4-H as a strictly agricultural program, when in reality we are a youth development program that offers youth a variety of hands-on, fun educational experiences. The majority of our clubs are in rural Lane County areas and focus on livestock and small animal projects. My goal is to expand on the non-animal projects in 4-H to expose rural youth to more opportunities and open the 4-H doors for urban youth in our county. 4-H projects outside of animals include: photography, baking, robotics, welding, horticulture/gardening, natural resources, communications, poetry, sketching and painting, sewing, kitchen and food safety, physical activity, leadership…the options are endless! Basically, any area that youth are interested, we aim to provide a leader and club for that project area. With the current pandemic, we are enforcing face masks at all in person gatherings and provide virtual leading/programming for those who are more comfortable with staying home.

Juniors and seniors need many hours of community service, creativity, and physical activity; 4-H could fit each of these depending what the students lead/help with. They can work with kids from kindergarten to seniors in high school. We encourage kids teaching kids, so we’d love to have IHS students volunteer as leaders. We would sign off on community service, they can put us down on their resume, and we could offer letters of recommendation if needed. They can help lead youth in any project area they are interested, and the more non-animal project leaders we can get the better. If they could reach out to us in September and/or October, that would be great.

Flyer: What is Lane County 4H?
Flyer: Become a 4H Leader
Informational Video: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/rec/share/FyDOBPRTUowS8nyLWOlqIbFxFv7UZL47nPW4AnYP70tPQ2ap7yyBAxIYrrWoGimF.3StF6eBYnimTHvet?startTime=1631220624000
For more information check out our Facebook page or contact Elizabeth Gangwer if you need more information or have trouble viewing the video.

Elizabeth Gangwer
4-H Program Coordinator
Oregon State University – Lane County Extension
4-H Youth Development
elizabeth.gangwer@oregonstate.edu
P: 541-344-4811

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AMAZON CREEK CLEAN UP
Eugene’s Amazon Creek needs your help with litter cleanup as it flows through our community! At times, this important urban waterway can become inundated with garbage that is harmful to habitat and water quality. Volunteers are needed throughout the Amazon Creek corridor to remove debris and improve the conditions for all flora and fauna along the way.

How to Help:

Love Your Parks Solo Cleanups
The magic of the solo cleanup or rallying your own quaranteam cleanup is that it is super easy to do and can happen whenever you want. All you need is some gloves, a trash bag and a trash grabber.

Volunteers can borrow a free cleanup kit with disposable gloves, trash bags and a trash grabber. Cleanup kits will be available for pickup at the Trash Bash event. Email Kelsey Irvine to sign up to participate in Love Your Parks: Amazon Creek and reserve your cleanup kit if you would like one.  Spread the word! Invite your friends and family to join you for a trip to the creek together.

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FOOD FOR LANE COUNTY
We have a new volunteer website!  Click on the link below to volunteer:
Link: http://volunteer.foodforlanecounty.org/user/login/?return=activation

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POSITIVE COMMUNITY KITCHEN (PCK)
Here’s how to join: https://www.positivecommunitykitchen.org/volunteer-hours/
1. Fill out an interest card/volunteer contact form.
2. Select your top three shifts AND turn in your OR Food Card + waivers.
3. Attend an orientation.

KITCHEN ADDRESS:
The Barrow Incubator Kitchen
150 Shelton-McMurphey Blvd,ste 104
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 249-4942

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ST. VINCENT de PAUL
Throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic, St. Vincent de Paul’s Youth and Family Services Department has worked tirelessly to provided uninterrupted services to families navigating homelessness in Lane County.  We are currently in critical need of in-person volunteers!  Join our team of volunteers to provide critical academic support to younger students navigating remote learning while homeless.  Volunteers will work in-person with students and their families to ensure successful academic engagement throughout this unprecedented time.  No prior experience working with students necessary!

 St. Vincent de Paul is taking COVID-19 precautions very seriously; all staff/clients wear PPE onsite, extensive sanitization occurs regularly, daily health screens are conducted and exclusion protocols apply.

Volunteer shifts are available at both our day and overnight shelter locations; hours are flexible to meet your needs!  St. Vincent de Paul is able to offer volunteer training, hour verification and letters of recommendations upon request. We ask volunteers to commit to at least 2 hrs. per week for a 3-month time period in order to best serve families in our program.

Interested? Contact First Place Kids Program Director Ilana Jakubowski at ilana.jakubowski@svdp.us for more information!

IB CAS Info

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IB CAS  (Creativity, Activity, Service)

From its beginning, Eugene IHS has made experiential learning a part of our identity. We are committed to Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) as an aspect of an international studies curriculum, for it is one more way students gain confidence and knowledge in a broader world than home and school.

The CAS experience as a whole should show evidence of the seven CAS learning outcomes:
* Identify own strengths and develop areas for growth
* Demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process
* Demonstrate how to initiate and plan a CAS experience
* Demonstrate the skills and recognize the benefits of working collaboratively
* Show commitment to and perseverance in CAS experiences 
* Demonstrate engagement with issues of global significance
* Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions

CAS hours can start being earned towards the Eugene IHS CAS requirement after July 1st of the summer between sophomore and junior year.  Students should keep track of their hours as they will be recording their total hours earned along with a reflection for each entry.  Students will be introduced to CAS at the end of sophomore year and/or the beginning of junior year.

All students in Eugene IHS are expected to fulfill the CAS requirements.

Creativity: Exploring or extending ideas related to an original or interpretive product or performance (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 8). Creativity in CAS provides students with the opportunity to explore their own sense of original thinking and expression. Creativity will come from the student’s talents, interests, passions, emotional responses, and imagination; the form of expression is limitless. This may include visual and performing arts, digital design, writing, film, culinary arts, crafts and composition. Students are encouraged to engage in creative endeavors that move them beyond the familiar, broadening their scope from conventional to unconventional thinking (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 18). In a student’s CAS program, creativity fosters an appreciation for the arts.

Activity: Physical exertion contributing to a healthy lifestyle. The aim of the ‘Activity’ strand is to promote lifelong healthy habits related to physical well-being. Pursuits may include individual and team sports, aerobic exercise, dance, outdoor recreation, fitness training, and any other form of physical exertion that purposefully contributes to a healthy lifestyle. Students are encouraged to participate at an appropriate level and on a regular basis to provide a genuine challenge and benefit (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 19). In a student’s CAS program, activity focuses on the physical, and thus, mental, well being of the student.

Service: Collaborative and reciprocal engagement with the community in response to an authentic need. The aim of the ‘Service’ strand is for students to understand their capacity to make a meaningful contribution to their community and society. Through service, students develop and apply personal and social skills in real-life situations involving decision-making, problem-solving, initiative, responsibility, and accountability for their actions. Service is often seen as one of the most transforming elements of CAS by promoting students’ self-awareness, offering diverse occasions for interactions and experiences and opportunities for international-mindedness (IB Creativity, Activity, Service Guide, page 20). In a student’s CAS program, service is an unpaid and voluntary community contribution and focuses on an endeavor beyond a student’s current experience.

Students in Eugene IHS will complete CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) requirements and provide evidence for having met the eight learning outcomes.

Requirements include: complete 150 hours of CAS activities over the course junior and senior years: at least 50 hours of service, 25 hours of creativity and 25 hours of activity and a reasonable balance between the remaining 50 hours. Hours must be concurrent over two years – that is, they should be spread out over the course of both junior and senior years –  and should reflect an ongoing commitment to the principles of the CAS Learning Outcomes.

Immersion Students: Must complete a CAS (Creativity, Activity, Service) experience in a setting where the immersion language is the primary language being used.

In addition to completing CAS hours students must participate in a student-initiated group project.  Details are provided in the CAS Student Handbook. CAS Group Project Reflection Form (Includes information on the group project)

Please note: CAS requirements have been adjusted for seniors for the 2022-2023 school year. Click here for details. Information was presented to Juniors in classes for the 2022-2023 school year and the information is available here

Click under the “Junior/Senior Seminar” tab for more specific information about CAS deadlines and see the CAS Student Handbook for more specific guidelines regarding CAS and the group project.