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Youth Volunteer Guide

The Youth Volunteer Guide is a detailed description of youth and Teen Volunteer opportunities throughout Orange County by OneOc.  Use this great resource to help you find the right place to volunteer!


It is located in the locker below.

Community Service Forms and Newsletters

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-Please remember that all hours must be completed at a NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION

-Turn your forms in 30 days after the date of completion

-40 hours TOTAL to graduate

Contact info.

Mrs. Vanessa Hatch


More Volunteer Opportunities!

Hello Mesa!


We have a few new opportunities to volunteer! If you want to help out at high school lunch you can be a buddy to middle school students!  This is a great way to earn your community service hours and help others right here on campus.  Come see Mrs. hatch to sign up!


We have lots of other opportunities! Come see me in the Community Service Office. Lunch or after school is the best time to come in!


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Volunteer at Peer Court!

Volunteer at Peer Court!
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Community Service - Do you have your 40 hours completed?

What is the community service requirement?

Students must serve a minimum of 40 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation from Newport-Mesa Unified School District.  It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year.  Students may accumulate more than 10 hours per year.  Students are advised to complete the community service requirement prior to their senior year. 


What is the purpose of the community service requirement?

The purpose of the community service program is to provide all N-MUSD high school students the opportunity to have a positive impact on our local community while learning that service to others is an on-going part of life. 

It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year.  Students may acculumate more than 10 hours each year.  Students are advised to complete the community service requirement prior to their senior year. 


What qualifies as community service?

  • Community service hours must be completed at a non-profit organization.
  • A student may volunteer for a single organization or at a variety of organizations.
  • Students are encouraged to complete their hours in areas related to their personal interests.
  • Paid experiences do not qualify.
  • Working without pay at your job or for a family business does not qualify.
  • Court ordered community service will be accepted for up to 20 hours of the required 40 hours.
  • Students can earn a maximum of 20 hours through a sport.
  • Students cannot earn hours for donating items or money...only their time. 
  • When a student transfers from one N-MUSD school to another, the community service hours will be forwarded to the receiving school.
  • The community service requirement will be prorated for students transferring into an N-MUSD high school (5 hours per semester of attendance). 


How do I prove my community service hours?

Students must complete a Community Service Verification Form for each organization he/she volunteers at.  A supervisor's signature is required on each form.  The parent of a student may not sign as the supervisor.  Verification forms are located in the Counseling Office as well as on our website. 

How Many Hours do You Have?

Hello Mesa!

The September Volunteer Opportunities Newletter is available on schoolloop!   Check it out!

Seniors - You should have 30 hour by now and 40 to graduate.  Hopefully you get them in ASAP!

Juniors - You should have 20 by now, but it is suggested that you get all 40 hours done before you start your senior year!

Sophomores - You should have 10 hours by now!  Get those hours done!

Freshman - You should be working to get 10 hours done!  Check out the volunteer opportunities available to you!

Volunteering is a great thing! Do it now!

The Crossing Church is Looking for Volunteers!

The Crossing Church is looking for volunteers!  Call Jorge Moscoso, Facilities Manager at 949.764.1637 or email at

Student Poll Workers Program

Orange County Registrar of Voters is preparing for the November 4, 2014, General Election.  As in past elections, this election provides high school students the unique opportunity to be part of history and make a difference in their communities. Our Student Poll Worker Program has become a valuable resource to the community and election process. I think this is a great opportunity for your club members and I would like to invite your students to participate and earn a $95 stipend for volunteering.  Attached, you will find more information about the Student Poll Worker Program. 

Qualifications to Participate as a Student Poll Worker

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident by Election Day
  • Minimum age is 16 years of age
  • Be a current high school student
  • Be a student in good academic standing
  • Have a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Have permission from your parent or guardian and school


  • Students will receive $75 for volunteering on Election Day and $20 for attending the mandatory training - almost 100 bucks! ($95 to be precise)
  • Students will receive a personalized certificate of thanks from the Registrar of Voters
  • Some schools may offer class credit for volunteering on Election Day (especially government or political science classes)
  • Some schools may also offer credit or hours for volunteering on Election Day in order to fulfill a community service requirement for graduation


  • Set up and administer designated polling place with assistance of fellow poll workers
  • Direct voters to sign in, and verify signatures
  • Assist voters in the operation of the electronic voting booths or paper ballot voting
  • Answer voters' procedural questions
  • Close polls at the end of the Election Day with assistance of your fellow poll workers

Hours of Service

  • Polling places are open from 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Poll workers must arrive at 6 a.m.
  • The assignment typically concludes at 9 p.m.

Application Procedure

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Student Poll Worker Program, please contact me at (714)567-7336 or