This program is a NSW government initiative that encourages all students to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of volunteering during the time they are enrolled in Years 9 and 10.
In recognition of their contribution to the community, students receive a Premier’s Certificate for completing 20, 40, 60, 80 and 150 hours of volunteering - Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond and Black Opal respectively.
All students in Year 9 and Year 10 in public schools are eligible to participate in the NSW Premier’s Student Volunteering Awards program.
Students who have undertaken volunteering from the start of Year 9 can apply to have their hours of volunteering recognised for the purposes of the NSW Premier’s Student Volunteering Award.
Volunteering is an activity or project which:
is undertaken for no financial or material benefit to the volunteer
is undertaken from the volunteer's own choice
will benefit someone other than the volunteer
Although volunteering is primarily directed at helping others, it is recognised that the social and emotional rewards to volunteers can be very significant too.