CELEBRATING YOUNG PEOPLE VOLUNTEERING
The SVA Service Award is a free nationwide framework that recognises volunteering efforts of Year 9-13 students. Wondering how the SVA Service Award fits with your organisation? Do you . . .
Run an existing programme?
If your organisation currently conducts a volunteering programme then you could award Member Pins to every participant.
Have a quiet achiever?
Recognise young people in your organisation whose contribution hasn't been acknowledged before.
Have great youth leaders?
Acknowledge young leaders in your organisation at a national level.
Need young volunteers?
Boost the energy and diversity of your organisation. Engage with more young people by promoting the SVA Service Award as part of your volunteer recognition programme.
Want to retain volunteers?
Motivate and involve young volunteers, and keep them coming back to volunteer with you.
Work with school leavers?
The SVA Summary of Service showcases participants' volunteering and is a great tool for young people to include in job or study applications.
The SVA Service Award is free of charge for all students at participating New Zealand secondary schools. Students volunteer in organisations or independently, and are awarded pins for their volunteer hours.
Community, school, and in-home volunteering hours all qualify and are combined into an SVA Summary of Service.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The SVA Service Award pins can be awarded by any nominated person at your school. As an organisation, you can support your local student volunteers by providing the resources inside our free SVA Service Award - Organisation Pack.
Bronze Award Pin
Silver Award Pin
Gold Award Pin
Top Volunteer Award
Each school awards one student (based on the most volunteering hours logged in their school) with this special badge. The student that has the most hours logged (overall) across all schools in Aotearoa, will also receive special recognition as the SVA Top Volunteer for that year.
How Can Our Volunteers Register?
We’ll send you an Organisation Pack
Get in touch with us for more information about how the SVA Service Award works for organisations. Share it with your volunteers, and discuss how they can achieve the SVA Service Award Pins.
There is no administration needed by organisations as students register themselves online and return regularly to the SVA Service Award website to log their volunteering hours.
what schools are saying
This is perfect for our school. We have so many students who act as unpaid caregivers for grandparents and siblings at home. Ironically, this is often a barrier to producing a full CV of service related activities when it comes to completing applications for study or employment. The Service Record component of the Awards means our kids can be recognised for the work they actually do - exciting times
Vicki Cotton, Head of Careers - Sacred Heart Girls' High School