Big increase seen in Minnesota students performing community service

There’s been a big increase in the number of Minnesota students participating in community service projects, according to a new report.

The survey of 540 Minnesota schools that take part in the WE Schools program shows more than 197,000 youth  engaged in service programs, up 204 percent from the 2013-2014 school year.

The Minnesota Department of Education and local schools work the WE organization on a yearlong program, which, they say, “nurtures compassion in young people and gives them the tools to create transformational social change.”

Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said:

Community service teaches students to think outside the classroom and challenges them to make a positive impact on the world around them. These students have stepped up as leaders in their peer group and are learning skills that will greatly benefit them in career, college and throughout their life.

Other statistics from the report, which was compiled by Mission Measurement:

  • Participants volunteered 695,000 hours for local and global causes, up from 167,861 hours in the 2013-2104 school year.
  • Students raised $836,000 in support of local and global organizations, up from $378,250 the 2013-2104 school year.
  • 180,000 pounds of food were collected and donated to local food shelves, up 13 percent from the 2013-2014 school year.

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