TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senator Joseph Coniglio, which creates a pilot program that requires high school juniors to complete 15 hours of community service, became law today.
“Sometimes the best lessons learned are life lessons that are not taught in a classroom,” said Senator Coniglio, D-Bergen. “Community service is a way for our young residents to involve themselves in a variety of enriching, useful and practical experiences which serve the neighborhood. I hope that this program will make the young people of New Jersey want to continue their involvement in their communities for the rest of their lives.”
The enacted bill, S-1598, establishes a three-year community service pilot program. The Commissioner of Education will select 30 schools for participation according to their ability to implement the service program.
According to Senator Coniglio, the juniors from thirty schools will have to complete a minimum of 15 hours of community service in an approved program. The students may choose to complete the service at any time outside of school hours and may not be paid for their work, added Senator Coniglio.
“Community service links students to the wider community and exposes them to people and situations outside their previous experiences,” said Senator Coniglio. With so many people across New Jersey in need, the lending of skills, resources, and abilities to enhance the quality of life for those who need assistance. Community service will also provide to our high school students a great sense of accomplishment.”