High School Volunteer Council

SIX HIGH SCHOOLS…ONE VALLEY COMMUNITY…SOLID RESULTS.!


Ansonia  Emmett O'Brien  Derby  Oxford  Seymour  Shelton

2012-2013 Members

See what the 2012-2013 members have been up to!
Click here to learn about their Kickoff
Click here to hear how they have been supporting the troops!

Advisers Prepared for New Year


Seated Brian Nutcher  and Jennifer Dunnuck from Derby High School, Marie Meresko from Emmett O'Brien, Jeff Giovacchino from Oxford High School
Standing: Caroline Sweeney - Seymour HS, Jeff Giovacchino - Oxford HS, Jerry Kelly-Shelton HS and Pat Tarasovic- Valley United Way - Volunteer Center Director.

Pat Tarasovic and advisers from the area high schools have met to plan for this year's program. Watch for details and activities as things progress throughout the year.

The purpose of the Valley High School Volunteer Council is to unite Valley High Schools which include: Ansonia, Derby, Emmett O’Brien, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton, to work together on community service projects that will meet the needs of the Valley.

The goal of the Council is to provide the opportunity for high school students to interact with students from different schools to learn and practice leadership skills, to develop a wider knowledge of community needs and to implement at least one major joint volunteer project a year that will make a greater impact.

From the Archives:


 
2011-2012 Members.
Click here for more information about the 2011-2012 school year.

Students brighten holidays for seniors

Valley United Way’s High School Volunteer Council kicked off its 2009-2010 year at Valley United Way year with great enthusiasm and excitement...and taxi cab rides for the students to the meeting thanks to a grant from the Valley Community Foundation.

For the past few years schools have been challenged to drive their students to the meetings. In the past, High School Advisors would provide the rides to the various high schools all around the Valley and it was not a problem. Times have changed and so have the rules which allowed teachers to provide transportation. It had become a threat to the continuation of this incredible gathering of youth community leaders.

Thanks to the Valley Community Foundation Neighborhood Grant the Council will be able to continue this very unique initiative.

Valley United Way created the Council in 1994 to bring the schools and advisors together to focus on youth community leadership and volunteerism. Sharing best practices and ideas have become a very important segment of the meeting as students and advisors continuously learn from one another.

The Council has received the Governor’s Youth Community Service Leadership Award and has served as a guest panelist several times at the Governor’s Youth Conference.

The HSVC Advisors held their first meeting to chart out the year and create annual goals to accomplish. Great ideas were shared and the agenda for the first meeting was mapped out.

For the first time ever, students from the various high schools were assigned to be members of different groups.  

One of the immediate short term goals for the year was to get the students to really get to know one another. The groups were charged with creating a group project that would involve planning, preparing and presenting. Each one of the groups were assigned two advisors (advisors were also from different schools)

The next meeting will be December 8th at United Methodist Homes where the students will join together for their annual holiday project to entertain the residents at Crosby Commons and Wesley Heights by singing holiday songs.

Following their holiday singing and visiting with the residents, they will gather for a festive luncheon and participate in a fun holiday grab bag gift.

 Shelton High School will host the monthly January meeting.

Mission & Goal

  • To unite the high schools in the Valley to work together on community service projects that will meet the needs of the Valley. 

  • To provide the opportunity for high school students to interact with students from different schools, to learn and practice leadership skills, to develop a wider knowledge of community needs and to implement at least one joint major volunteer project a year that will have a positive impact on the Valley as a whole. 

  Read how a High School Volunteer Council alum continues to volunteer


Mr. Valley Student Body - click here for the story

High School Volunteer Council in Boston

HSVC Members Wait to Board the "Boston Duck"

Council wins 2005 Volunteer Award

Click here for story

Christmas - 2004

One of many happy moments in 2004 - Click here for more!


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