Volunteer Opportunities


From PTSA: President’s Volunteer Service Award

During this very difficult and unsettling time, we realize that there are a lot of adjustments being made right down to the way we continue learning.

With that in mind, we are providing a 2 week extension to Sunday, April 5th at 11:59pm CST for student’s to submit their hours for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Additionally, we will accept e-signatures and/or emails from the supervisors to verify the hours. Please adhere to the original instructions to the best of your abilities – submit in one pdf document with PVSA Coversheet, Catalog of hours and any added signature emails/documents. Thank you for all you do!

SEM Students! Please read the attached information about the PVSA award and how to apply!

You must include the coversheet with your signed log(s). NOTE! Your application is NOT complete WITHOUT the signed logs AND COVERSHEET!

SEM will certify current year hours only (ie, your fiscal year must encompass the majority of 2018) for individual students. Students wishing to apply for the award for the 2018-2019 school year must catalog their hours with the required signatures and submit them IN ONE PDF FILE WITH COVERSHEET  to Michelle Chow-Agee at pvsa@semagnet.org  by March 17, 2019 at 11:59pm CST.

SEM follows the national guidelines available on their website. For more information specific to SEM, see the PVSA instruction sheetPVSA best practices, and sample excel spreadsheet. And don’t forget your COVERSHEET!

SEM Students! Thanks to Mr. Palacios, SEM PTSA has applied to — and been accepted as — a Certifying Organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award!

Please submit your volunteering hours for to qualify for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. You may select your own 12-month fiscal year period such as school year, calendar year, or other — based on your volunteering pattern. Whatever 12-month period selected, make sure to keep it — going forward.

Please note this award is separate from your SEM school volunteering requirement and you can include those hours for the PVSA award.

The President’s Volunteer Service Award was created to honor Americans whose demonstrated commitment to service inspires others to engage in volunteer service. This award can be earned annually by meeting the following criteria:

  • Recipient(s) must be a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States.
  • Awards are issued for service hours served within a 12-month time period or over the course of a lifetime.
  • Awards are issued for unpaid volunteer service that is not court-ordered.

Hours are measured over a 12-month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and are designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold, and the highest honor — the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime. The hours required vary based on the age of the applicant as shown below:


Award by Hours Bronze Silver Gold
Teens (11-15) 50-74 75-99 100+
Young Adults (16*-25) 100-174 175-249 250+
**For those turning 16 during the year, see below.      


All hours entered must be supported by a log SIGNED BY A SUPERVISOR. The log should include dates, hours, signature and printed name of supervisor, and contact information. You may use your organization’s form, your own form, or the sample excel template provided here.

* If you are turning 16 during the year, please calculate your hours by your birthdate (hours earned as a 15 year old) as well as cumulative year end hours (when you have turned 16). You will be awarded the highest award based on the table above.

Volunteer hours can be from multiple volunteer service sources (any location, even international; profit or non-profit, etc) but each must be verified via signature, printed name, and their contact information for each volunteering organization. We will accept a pdf of the scanned form with the supervisor’s signature in lieu of an ink signature, if obtaining a physical signature presents a hardship.

Students wishing to apply for the award for the 2017-2018 school year must catalog their hours with the required signatures and submit them to Michelle Chow-Agee at pvsa@semagnet.org by March 31, 2018.

Awards will be presented at the end-of-year awards ceremony held at SEM. Recipients are not allowed to order their own awards, nor are they allowed to pay for them — awards must be paid for by the certifying organization. If you would like to support this program [need PayPal donate here]