Suitable for Junior-Intermediate students, this classroom kit combines elements from the health and social science learning areas. Your students will design and carry out a volunteering event for their community.
In this kit there was everything you needed for 32 students to imagine, design and carry out an SVA Volunteer Day. There are role cards, badges for the day, and a ‘Find, Build, Act, Share’ guide to Project Management.
Our kits are always free but they do come with certain time-framed conditions. Most often you'll be asked to return an image, a flipgrid, a sample of student work or a professional response regarding your learning experience within a certain timeframe.
Conditions are clearly outlined at the point of registration and you'll need to use your own judgement in regards to whether the kit suits you and your students.
Key information regarding this kit
SVA Founder, Sam Johnson, passionately believes that young people are powerful agents of change. Encourage your students to lead their project from idea to conception. Heads up: Keep an eye on the scale v achievability factor.
Assign roles based on student strengths. Use badges, role cards and YouTube advice to to encourage students. Reinforce the idea that if everyone does their job then the day will come together.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - SVA
Q: How do we decide on which service project would be best for us?
A: The aim of this resource is for the learning to be student led, so ask your class and make suggestions then select a project based on the ideas they come up with, using the template provided in the SVA kit. Some classes in the past have chosen to have smaller groups work on various service projects, with great success. Remember to encourage students to look further afield than your own backyard and discuss what the needs of your community are, as this will help them come up with ideas. Remember to avoid any project that involves fundraising. You could ask the school community to get involved and help on the day.
Q: How do I allocate the various SVA roles to my students?
A: You know your class best, so you can guide them towards the ‘fit best’ roles for them. This year we have also included a template in the kit, that your students can use to help them determine which SVA job is the best match to their skill set/strengths.
Q: What suggestions do you have for gaining community/ school support for the project?
A: Once you have decided on your project let anyone and everyone know what you are doing and when. Put posters up, ask for volunteers to help and for any resources you may need donated to bring the project to life. You may also like to advertise it in your school newsletter and add it to your school website. Remember to make contact with the group you intend to visit, support or work with on your project day, and decide on a date that suits you both as early as possible. Students may like to canvas for support also- phone or email local businesses or people who may have goods or services they could provide. Remember you can make contact with your local newspaper to promote the success of your project too.
Q: How long should we allow for the project, start to finish?
A: This will be entirely dependent on the scale of the project your class embark on. It could be anywhere from one week to a month or two. A word of advice…big is not always best! We encourage you to take the time to learn about SVA and where it originated before you get started, as this will give your students the sense that they are involved in a big service movement and are making a contribution to something very purposeful, no matter the size of their project. The planning phase is where you and your students need to invest time- gaining support, organising resources and scheduling things well is so important. Like any classroom programme, if the planning is thorough, the rest takes care of itself.
Q: When School Kit refers to ‘non-negotiable’ what exactly does that mean?
A: It is what you agreed to do, when registering for this kit. In this instance you agreed to plan and carry out a student led service activity in your community. There is a date that you agreed to send us feedback by, for the SVA Kit, (it was 15 November-Term 4, 2019).
Q: How do I send in feedback about the SVA Kit?
A: Anyone who is sending in delayed feedback for the SVA Kit can do so by posting a photo on the School Kit Squad Page, or send it to us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org Feedback for any kit going forward, will be in the form of responding to a few very short questions, on a link we will send you closer to the due date. You will be asked to upload a photo or teacher feedback there also. It is not designed to be an arduous task- it is what we use to help us deliver the best resources possible and the sponsors of the kit will get to see them what wonderful learning is taking place in classrooms across NZ, thanks to them.
Q: What do I do if I can not meet the deadline for the SVA Kit?
A: All we ask is that you talk to us. You can phone any one of us, (a phone number will appear at the bottom of an email you have received from us), or email us. We are not fussy about how you make contact, but love you to let us know if you can not meet the agreed deadline. When making contact tell us when you can have the feedback to us by. One thing we want you to know is that if we do not hear from you, we will keep making contact with you, asking for your feedback, on behalf of the sponsor of the kit.
Q: Where can I find inspiring ideas for this kit?
A: Join the School Kit Facebook Squad, if you are not already a member and then search ‘SVA’ You will see all the postings that teachers have shared. This is a great way to glean ideas and you may see something that sparks an idea you may have never thought of. Remember to check out the Teacher Feedback above for this kit.