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YES Guidelines

Effective August 9, 2023

The Clements Y.E.S. Program's purpose is to connect students and community members with service opportunities requested in and by the local community. Throughout the past two years, we have been lenient with accepting virtual and passive volunteer hours because of COVID precautions. Since most precautions are no longer necessary, we are going back to pre-COVID procedures and will no longer be accepting virtual service. Note that this includes virtual signatures on service forms.

Please be aware that beginning August 1, 2022, there will be a limit of 10 hours of passive volunteer hours per year of high school (9, 10, 11, 12). Passive volunteer hours constitute service that is performed where the student does not interact with the people that the non-profit is serving. Passive service examples include but are not limited to: letter/note writing, making cookies, decorating bags, making posters or making other requested items to donate. Active service is service that directly impacts the people/animals the non-profit is trying to serve. Virtual activities, such as online tutoring, will need to be approved by the administrator prior to service. If you have any specific questions about what will/will not be accepted, please email the administrator before you volunteer.

Acceptable Y.E.S Hours

Y.E.S. Program Requirements

  1. The required hours for recognition are 100 hours by graduation (however, the requirements have been lowered due to COVID through 2024).
  2. In order to make the recognition deadline, senior participants must submit all their Y.E.S. hours by March 31st.
  3. You can continue to submit Y.E.S. hours beyond the first 100 hours. They are recorded in the system.
  4. Only 25 total summer hours across all 4 years count towards your required 100 hours.
  5. You may begin earning summer hours during the summer before freshman year, but you will be unable to submit them before the school year starts.
  6. Hours completed at school during the closing and opening phases of the year will count as regular school hours, and not summer hours. Acceptable examples include: helping teachers during the last day of school, helping with freshman orientation, helping teachers set up their classrooms before the start of the school year, and helping with textbooks before the beginning of the school year.
  7. The summer hours beyond the limit of 25 are recorded as "extra hours" in the system.
  8. Up to 8 hours for any 24-hour period is accepted.
  9. If you work multiple days, weeks, or months on a particular project, provide a log of the dates and hours worked and attach it to your Y.E.S. Form.
  10. Y.E.S. hours must be submitted no later than 6 months from the date of service. For ongoing activity (i.e. Generation Youth, libraries, Red Cross), the acceptable period is extended to 12 months, i.e., the oldest activity in the log/form is no more than 12 months from the date of service and the log /form must be submitted within 6 months of the last date of service.
  11. The Y.E.S. form and the log must be signed by an ADULT representative of the organization you volunteer for, NOT BY A STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE.
  12. A form with any altered item is not accepted. A new form with proper signature is required.
  13. You MUST bring a copy of your form with you when you turn in your hours. The copy will be stamped and returned to you for your record.
  14. Your submitted Y.E.S. hours, upon approval, are entered in the Y.E.S. Program system. You can query for your Y.E.S. hour records online at service.chsyes.info. You must create an account to receive access.
  15. It is the responsibility of the student to correctly complete all YES forms, and to consult the Y.E.S. Coordinators if he or she has any questions.
  16. All service hours are subject to the Y.E.S. Committee approval.
  17. We do our best to check hours and may contact the organization if we have questions. Anyone caught falsifying hours may be removed from Y.E.S.