Components of Civic Engagement

Volunteerism- a person who performs some service or good work of their own free will and without pay. (Toole and Toole, 1992)

Community Service- a person who engages in volunteer activities without pay to help give back to their community. The person receives some benefit by learning more about how their service makes a difference in the lives of the service recipients and its impact on the community. (Furco, 1996)

Philanthropy- the voluntary redistribution of resources by individuals and institutions (Stanford Haas Center for Public Service, 2015)

Activism- the active participation of individuals in group behavior for the purpose of creating change-in attitudes, knowledge, behavior, and/or symbols. The expected change can be directed toward individuals, groups and/or systems (Chambers and Phelps, 1991)

Service-Learning- an experience or student activity that may be a course or competency-based, credit bearing educational experience in which students:

  1. Participate in mutually identified activities that benefits the community, and
  2. Reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility (Bringle and Clayton, 2012, adapted from Bringle and Hatcher, 1996)

For more information about this award program:
Please click on "Award Program Details" below. Nominations are due March 1, 2019.

Adapted from the University of Nevada, Reno, Silver Paw Award.

For more information on the Superintendent’s Civic Engagement Award, please contact the Victor Central Schools’ Office of School and Community Relations at 924-3252, ext. 1407.