May 30, 2012
Guilford County Schools wants every student to be involved in service-learning, and they’re one step closer with use of the NobleHour platform. NobleHour’s civic engagement toolset makes it so every school has the time and funds to successfully implement a service-learning program.
As of Tuesday, students in Guilford County have tracked 167,055 hours using the new website, and continue to add hours daily as part of Guilford County Schools’ High School Service-Learning Award and Diploma Program.
GCS’s Character Development Team introduced the High School Service-Learning Award and Diploma Program during the 2010-11 school year to highlight graduating seniors that dedicate their time to meaningful service in the community. Through the program, which is being phased-in, students who reach 100 service-learning hours upon graduation will receive the Service-Learning Exemplary Award, and those completing 250 hours will receive a Service-Learning Diploma and accompanying green cord for graduation. Students are able to engage in service-learning opportunities in and out of school.
“NobleHour has helped GCS electronically organize the data gained regarding service-learning. Through the use of this website we are able to measure the economic impact our youth are having in the community through the Noble Impact Meter,” explained Theresa Hunter, Character Development Coach for Guilford County Schools.
“It allows us to view our global footprint and to identify how important service-learning is to the growth of our local, national, and global community, as well as our students.”
A NobleHour community comes with hour tracking, member management, content management, impact measurement and social sharing tools, but only costs $97 a year.
“We’ve made NobleHour this affordable because we want to make it easy for any organization, in any financial state, to be able to help change the world,” said Scott Fore, NobleHour managing partner.
Furthermore, any organization can share its mission and post volunteer, internship, or paying job opportunities on NobleHour for free.
“NobleHour is a way of connecting everything together, from our students and staff to our community. It is a great tool for educators, students, and community organizations. GCS is excited to have launched NobleHour this year and looks forward to its continued implementation in our school district,” said Hunter.
NobleHour is based in Lakeland, FL and was started by a team of knowledgeable business investors, representing over 70 years of unparalleled entrepreneurial and business experience. They developed SweatMonkey.org in 2005 as an online service learning management platform for students and schools. United Way of North Central Florida, and the University of Florida. SweatMonkey was rebranded and launched in 2012 as NobleHour.com.
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