Community engagement and service outside the school are components of Connecticut’s implementation of a Student Success Plan, which values a broadened awareness of self within a global context. To qualify for either the Promise Scholarship or Passport to Promise Scholarship, a student must complete 40 hours of community service during high school. Many New Haven public high schools require community service as a graduation requirement and service performed in the community can be counted toward a student’s Promise requirement and graduation requirement. Hours must be reported directly to servo.city.
High school counselors and Promise staff will determine those hours which will count toward the requirements. Generally, service must be performed with valid New Haven non-profit charitable organizations or community or school festivals within the city. Hours associated with religious practice, in-school staff assistance and personal service for family, friends and neighbors will not be authorized as Promise service hours.