KNIGHTS IN ACTION (Program Overview)
The Class of 2020 Knights in Action Hours have been waived for the 2019-20 school year. 9th-11th graders will receive updates at a later date regarding 2019-20 volunteer hours.
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 25 hours of community service for each year during their enrollment at Ardrey Kell High School. Students must begin participation in this program during their first year of attendance at Ardrey Kell.
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 14 months to earn the required 25 service hours for each academic year. The only exception is the senior year, during which students will have 10-11 months to complete their service 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
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 or at: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=akhs. If a student forgets their login credentials or is having issues accessing their account, they should speak with their SCHOOL COUNSELOR.
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: Complete x2VOL Student Registration
Clicking the x2VOL link will direct students to the Student Registration page of x2VOL. Students will need to complete the registration process before accessing their x2VOL account. Students should complete all information fully and accurately.
Step 4: Review Groups and Goals
Students have been pre-assigned to groups and goals in x2VOL based on their grade level. If a student has already completed the designated hours for prior years, it should be reflected in the account as 25 hours completed toward the specific Knights in Action goal.
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(s): Select the goal where you would like the hours to be recorded.
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.
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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 2019 MUST complete and submit final hours NO LATER THAN Sunday, April 28, 2019. These hour must be verified and approved NO LATER THAN Sunday, May 5, 2019. 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 100 hours. The e-mail will include instructions on how to pay for service cords. Cords should be paid for by Friday, May 10th.
When can I begin earning hours for next year?
a: Students may begin earning hours for the next academic year after the last day of school for the current academic year (e.g. Students can begin earning hours for the 2019-20 academic year on Friday, June 7th, 2019).
What is the last day I can earn hours to apply toward the prior school year?
a: All hours for the most recent academic year must be completed by the last Sunday prior to the first day of school for the new academic year (e.g. If you want to apply hours earned over the summer of 2019 to the 2018-19 academic year, you will need to complete your hours by Sunday, August 25, 2019). There will be a grace period of a month for your supervisors to verify your hours, but all hours should be entered by the last Sunday before school starts.
How can I apply hours I earn over the summer?
a: Hours earned over the summer can be applied toward the upcoming or prior academic year. Summer hours earned to complete the prior academic year must be completed by the first day of the new school year and should be logged in x2VOL within the four weeks of school or they will be denied.
Can I log more than the 25 required service hours?
a: Yes. Students can log as many hours as they wish through the x2VOL platform.
My student is a rising 9th grader. When can my student begin earning hours?
a: Rising 9th graders may begin earning hours during the summer prior to their entry at Ardrey Kell. These students will not be able to log their service hours in the x2VOL system until they begin school in August. Students are encouraged to maintain a record of summer service hours so that they can upload them to x2VOL once they officially matriculate to Ardrey Kell. Click the buttion below for a form students are welcome to use for the purpose of documenting service hours. Please note that it is the responsibility of the student to log these hours in to x2VOL. No paper forms will be accepted.
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.