GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Thirty-seven middle and high school students in Grand Forks Public Schools’ Helping Hands youth volunteer program completed 1,396 hours of community service during the summer of 2021.
Each summer, the eight-week Helping Hands program kicks off with students attending instructional sessions that focus on character traits, attitudes and behaviors, volunteer opportunities, interest surveys, and discovering authentic community needs. The students are then assigned to a local agency where each student will volunteer. Agencies include thrift stores, non-profit daycares, schools, homeless shelters, and parks.
“The Helping Hands program creates wonderful opportunities for service learning. The youth develop valuable leadership, communication, and empathy skills that build character and promote a
sense of community,” said Sarah Shimek, character education and prevention coordinator for Grand Forks Public Schools.
Over the past 20 years, Helping Hands youth volunteers have contributed over 93,550 hours of community service to the greater Grand Forks areas.