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"In Minnesota, we have 324 out of 411 school districts participating in youth service programs, but only three school districts require it.
We have over 100,000 kids in school-based youth service programs," said Mary Jo Richardson, of the Minnesota Department of Education.
A Gallup poll released in December found that 61 percent of the 1,400 youths (age 12-17) surveyed were doing volunteer work.
But more than half of them thought it was wrong to mandate community service in school.
Although the Maryland Board of Education mandated community service, it made no provision for funds for personnel, teacher training, transportation or record-keeping.
The Anne Arundel County Maryland Board of Education says the requirement "carries a high price tag for implementation, monitoring, transportation and scheduling." One source of help could be the National and Community Service Act of 1990, passed by Congress, which provides funding, training and technical aid to states and communities to develop and broaden K-12 community service projects.
Controversy simmers as some states try to make community service a high school graduation requirement.In Minnesota, state and local taxes pay for program coordinators, transportation, supplies and workshops for youth service programs.Supporters say these programs help build confidence and self-esteem, teach responsibility, help relate classroom learning to real life, provide job training, promote positive attitudes toward adults, help develop complex patterns of thought, teach about people from all walks of life and help students appreciate their community and become better citizens."Although we don't encourage schools to require it, we do feel that youth service is a good way to show outcome-based learning.So, not only can we teach through service learning, the kids can demonstrate what they've learned," Richardson said. They help the elderly in nursing homes, build access ramps for handicapped people, care for hospital patients, organize activities in day care centers, plant trees, pick up trash, or work in museums, recreation centers, nonprofit organizations and social welfare agencies.
" Answer: "They both get out by doing community service." Despite opposition from 22 of the state's 24 school systems, the Maryland State Board of Education created the new graduation requirement--75 hours of volunteer work over a seven-year period.