Students are required to give back at least 8 hours of community service prior to each term.

SUBMIT HOURS HERE           

Community Service Requirements

WHAT are the deadlines for submitting my community service?

Complete and submit 8 hours by each deadline!

SEMESTER /TRIMESTER DEADLINE** TIMEFRAME FOR COMPLETION
FALL JULY 1 DEC. 2 - JULY. 1***
SPRING DEC. 1 JULY. 2 - DEC. 1 
SUMMER* APRIL 1 DEC. 2 - APRIL 1

*Summer semester/trimester deadlines only apply to students attending a TCAT or students choosing to enroll full time in a summer semester at a community college or eligible four-year institution. Only students attending a TCAT may utilize TN Promise in the summer term directly following high school graduation and must meet the April 1, 2017 deadline.
**Students attending South College are required to submit 8 hours prior to each quarter. Contact tnachieves@tnachieves.org for specific deadlines.
***Current high school students could begin working on their hours on November 2, 2016.

WHAT COUNTS AS COMMUNITY SERVICE?

Community service is time contributed to a nonprofit or public service organization. The community should be benefitting from the work you do!

Students can also volunteer in their field of interest to gain experience. This means that job shadowing may count toward your community service requirement.

Make sure you are volunteering with an actual organization (not an individual), you are not being paid, you are being supervised by someone who is not a family member and your activity does not include proselytizing (sharing faith).

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS?

All community service hours must be submitted through the community service online form found here

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Can i job shadow for my community service?

Want to learn more about a particular career field you would like to pursue in college? Complete a job shadowing experience, which can count toward your eight hours of community service. Job shadowing allows you to spend time with professionals in your career field of interest.

How to complete a job shadowing placement:

  1. Find a job shadowing opportunity below in your field of interest. Click here for a full list of job shadowing opportunities.
  2. Complete the job shadowing request form. Students must complete this form to participate. Do not contact the employer directly.
  3. tnAchieves will follow up with you via email. 
How many hours have I submitted?

To verify how many hours you have successfully submitted prior to each deadline, click here.

What counts as community service?

What doesn't count?

Tutoring students at a community center

Doing laundry for residents of a nursing home

Working with an organization to build homes for people in need

Participating in an environment clean-up event

Volunteering to work at a booth for a food drive or charity race

Volunteering with established student organizations at your college

Building a deck with your friend

Babysitting

Picking up trash during a hike with friends

Donating cans to a food drive or running a race

Proselytizing (sharing faith)

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