KNIGHTS IN ACTION (Program Overview)

 

The Knights in Action New Policy! (Please Read)

 

Students will now be allowed to complete 100 hours anytime during 9th-12th grade.

 

The hours must be completed by the end of the first semester of your Senior year.

 

Class of 2021 hours have been set to a total of 75 hours and must be entered by April 3rd, 2021. 

 

You can enter your hours in the 2020-21 Goal or the new Class of ___Goal.

 

Rising 9th grade can now log their hours into the X2Vol platform.

 

Knights in Action is a voluntary community service program at Ardrey Kell High school. The Knights in Action program is not an Ardrey Kell or CMS graduation requirement. Students who choose to participate will be eligible for membership in the Royal Order of the Purple Knights. To qualify as a member of this elite order, a student must complete a minimum of 100 hours of community service during their enrollment at Ardrey Kell High School. Students may start their hours during the summer of their 9th grade year. The goal should still be to average about 25 hours a school year. 

 

The Knights in Action program focuses on more than simply completing volunteer hours. There are specific elements that must be met in order for service hours to count towards the Knights in Action program. Service activities must be completed through a non-profit entity (unless an activity is pre-approved by the Knights in Action Committee) and should be outreach in nature. For purposes of the Knights in Action program outreach is defined as an activity providing services to populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. This definition does not encompass every type of outreach and any specific questions about whether service hours will count should be directed to Mr. Webb, Career Development Coordinator.

Students have approximately 3 1/2 years to complete their 100 hours. The following table details the specific windows and deadlines for each graduating class by year and goal.

 

TIME FRAME/DEADLINES FOR SERVICE HOUR ATTAINMENT BY CLASS/GOAL

DOCUMENTATION PROCESS

In an effort to increase student participation and to facilitate the community service documentation process, the Knights in Action program uses a service documentation platform called x2VOL--which is accessible through students' Naviance accounts. 

Through x2VOL, students are able to record hours and have their hours verified electronically by a designated supervisor. Once hours are verified they will be reviewed by the Knights in Action Committee for approval. Furthermore, students will have immediate, on demand access to record, view, and print completed service hours through their x2VOL account. Students can review volunteer submissions, see whether hours have been verified and accepted, respond to requests for additional information from the KIA Committee, and print a transcript of their completed hours. Students are also able to upload images and documents to supplement their service entry.

 

To access the x2VOL platform for the first time, students should follow these steps:

 

Step 1:  Login to Naviance Account

Access the Naviance login webpage through the Clever App.

 

Step 2: Click the x2VOL Link on Naviance Homepage

Once the student accesses their Naviance account, a link to x2VOL can be located under the index bar on the left hand side of the page.The x2VOL link is located under the “Resources” heading.

 

Step 3: Review Groups and Goals

Students have been pre-assigned to their class group and goal in x2VOL based on their grade level. 

To record service hours in the x2VOL platform, students should follow these steps:

 

Step 1:  Access x2VOL Account

Students can access their x2VOL account through several different platforms. First, students can access x2VOL through their Naviance account (see steps above).Additionally, x2VOL has developed mobile apps for both iPhone and Android devices. Students can download the x2VOL app to their phone and login using their mobile device. Lastly, students can login to the x2VOL account through the x2VOL sign in page: https://www.x2vol.com/login.html.

Step 2: Click 'Add Hours' link found under 'Common Tasks' heading

A list of common tasks is located on the dashboard once a student is signed in to x2VOL.  By clicking on the ‘Add Hours’ link, students are directed to their activity log. 

Step 3: Click 'Create New' button located under the 'Personal Projects' section

On the ‘My Activity Log’ webpage students should click the ‘Create New’ button.  This will direct students to the ‘Create a Personal Project Page.’ 

 

Step 4: Complete the form on the 'Create a Personal Project' page in its entirety

  • Activity Name: Should be name of non-profit organization

  • Project Description: Should include a description of the work the student completed and relevant information about the organization. Do not assume the KIA Committee has knowledge about an organization or what it does.  The more information you provide, the faster the approval process will be.  Hours will be denied if not enough information is included.

  • Activity Contact: You must include the full name, phone number, and direct e-mail address of the site supervisor/leader of the service project you completed.  This is the only way that hours can be verified.  Unverified hours will not be approved by the Knights in Action Committee.  It is the responsibility of the student to ensure the correct phone number and e-mail address are recorded.  Students should communicate with supervisors that a verification e-mail will be sent to the given e-mail address and this is how the recorded hours will be verified.

  • Claim Hours:  Enter the date the hours were completed, as well as the number of hours.  If you volunteered multiple days for the same activity, please enter the TOTAL amount of hours and select the most recent date you volunteered.  Be sure to provide the dates/date range in the Description section at the top of the page.

  • Reflection: Provide a brief reflection on the volunteer experience.

  • Apply Hours to Goal: Select your class goal to have your hours verified and approved.

  • Click 'Submit': An e-mail will be sent to the supervisor you listed under activity contact. Once the hours have been verified by the supervisor, the Knights in Action Committee will review the hours for approval.  Please note: it is the responsibility of the student to follow-up with the Activity Contact to request verification of hours.

Get the x2VOL App and log your hours wherever you are...

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Are my service hours eligible for the Knights in Action program?

a: Service activities must be completed through a non-profit entity (unless an activity is pre-approved by the Knights in Action Committee) and should be outreach in nature. For purposes of the Knights in Action program outreach is defined as an activity providing services to populations who might not otherwise have access to those services. Outreach is typically completed through volunteer action at service sites where the population to be served is located. This definition does not encompass every type of outreach and any specific questions about whether service hours will count should be directed to Mr. Webb, Career Development Coordinator, in advance.

 

When are senior hours due?

a: Students in the Class of 2021 MUST complete and submit final hours NO LATER THAN Sunday, April 3, 2021. Plan accordingly.  If all required hours are not submitted, verified, and approved by the deadline, you will not be eligible to wear the Knights in Action Service Learning Cord during commencement.  Remember: It is your responsibility to accurately record your verifier's e-mail when submitting hours and to follow-up with your verifier to ensure they have received the e-mail requesting verification.   E-mail is the only method by which hours can be verified.

How do I pay for my cord?

a: Seniors will receive an e-mail certifying the completion completion of their 75 hours. The e-mail will include instructions on how to pay for service cords. Cords should be paid for by May 10th.

When can I begin earning hours? 

a:  Students may begin earning hours the summer before they begin 9th grade.

 

What is the last day I can earn hours to apply toward the prior school year?

a:  All hours must be completed by the end of the first semester of senior year. 

Can I log more than the 100 required service hours?

a: Yes. Students can log as many hours as they wish through the x2VOL platform.

How can I log my hours as a rising 9th grader if I do not have access to the x2VOL program?

a: Use the Summer Service Tracker below to keep track of your hours over the summer. You will be able to log your hours in x2VOL starting in August of your 9th grade year.

SUGGESTED SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

Click the button below to access a list of suggested community service opportunities and organizations.  This is not an exhaustive list and your service is not limited to the following organizations or activities.  Current and upcoming opportunities are forwarded to homeroom teachers to share with their students.  

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