Students As Active Volunteers Initiative
In partnership with Volunteering Queensland Inc, Queensland Secondary Schools can offer the various Certificates in Active Volunteering to their students through the Students As Active Volunteers Initiative (SAAVI).
Research reveals that young people who participate in voluntary community activity are more likely to re-engage in community activity in the future thus contributing to community resilience.
Many schools have ‘service learning’ or 'community engagement' programs within their curriculum, and now through SAAVI, have the opportunity to link those programs to a nationally recognised qualification that may contribute points towards a student’s Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE).
The qualifications require completion of specific core and elective units. All candidates must commit to and complete a minimum number of hours of voluntary work.
Candidates who successfully complete a qualification:
- Will develop the basic generic skills required by all workplaces including those that recruit volunteers.
- Experience the mutual benefits of being involved in their community (eg. build skills, contacts, references, self-esteem and confidence), and induction to future community engagement activities.
- May develop pathways into a broad range of industry areas including community service, sport and recreation, environment/conservation, arts, emergency services and human rights/justice sectors.
- Will gain credit points toward their QCE. For example, upon completion of the Certificate II, the candidate will gain four (4) credit points towards their QCE, and Certificate III will gain eight (8) credit points.
Watch SAAVI in action. In this video students from Caloundra City Private School had an opportunity to learn about the past from those who experienced it first hand with a visit to Seasons Caloundra Aged Care Village at Golden Beach.
The students chatted with residents to learn about their family, childhood, school experiences and just how different life was ‘back in the day’. The program will see students compile a short memoir of a resident’s life, which the resident can then present to their family to ensure precious memories are not forgotten.
Keep up-to-date with what's happening with the program, read our SAAVI Newsletter: