Palisades Charter High School

Community Service

Student Community Service Program


Program Overview

The Palisades-Malibu YMCA’s Center for Social Responsibility (Y-CSR) for Palisades Charter High School is dedicated to developing ethical leaders of exemplary character by applying the principles of the YMCA in partnership with Palisades Charter High School. The goal of the Y-CSR is to encourage students to embrace responsibility for their actions and to have a positive impact, through their activities, on the school, the local community and the world.

The Y-CSR bridges students with the surrounding area to serve others, gain leadership, apply learning and enrich lives while modeling good character traits: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Palisades-Malibu YMCA makes accessible the support and opportunities that empower people and our community to learn, grow and thrive. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves the community’s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.


On Campus:

The Y-CSR will be available to students Tuesdays and Thursdays during Nutrition and Lunch in room U-110. Beyond office hours, Y staff will work with Palisades Charter High School faculty and administration to develop opportunities that coordinate with academic themes and inspire students to find their own passions in service learning. The program will provide opportunities for students to lead projects of consequence, which could result in life lessons that strengthen both character and college applications.

At the Y

Students may consult with Y staff after school and perform service hours at the Y, in Pacific Palisades or YMCA branches in other communities.


Palisades Charter High School requires each student to complete ten (10) hours of community service for each year in attendance prior to graduation. Additional service hours are encouraged; a certificate will be awarded for those students contributing one hundred hours or more. Students may complete a portion of their community service hours through participating on campus in support of staff and programs. Graduating seniors must submit their community service paperwork before winter break. Some exceptions may apply.

After students participate in approved community service opportunities they must submit a completed assessment form to Y-CSR office or email the completed form to Forms must be signed by a representative of the benefiting organization. Freshmen may have an opportunity to complete a portion of their community service hours by participating in pod-based projects that will be completed during the school day.

Community service is defined as:

  • Services performed for non-profit, and/or human service organizations, as approved.
  • In conjunction with special on-campus service events, service hours may be awarded for in-kind or donations such as canned food or clothing collections. Specific details of these programs will be announced on campus and on the Palisades Charter High School website.

Community service hours will not be earned for:

  • Work for which monetary payment is received for service.
  • Work with a profit-making organization.
  • Student aide or campus club activities, unless the club is performing service for a not-for-profit organization.
  • Work performed as the result of disciplinary action taken by the school or the courts.
  • Service work performed during a student’s school hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How many community service hours do I need?

A. Palisades Charter High School requires each student to complete ten (10) hours of community service for each year in attendance prior to graduation. Additional hours are encouraged and there is a special certificate awarded for those students completing one hundred hours or more.

Q. Can I complete all 40 hours of community service prior to my senior year?

A. Yes. We would prefer to have students complete all 40 hours and have all paperwork submitted prior to starting their senior year.

Q. Can I complete community service hours on campus?

A. Yes, students can apply on-campus community service hours towards their 40 hour graduation requirements.

Q. How many different service projects/organizations should I volunteer with?

A. We want students to develop a passion for community service by finding programs that they enjoy. We encourage students to look into as many opportunities as possible.

Q. How many community service hours can I get for each different type of activity?

A. In most situations, community service credit equates to: Hours served = Hours of credit received. However, there are a few options for “fixed credit” opportunities when working with non-profit organizations. They include the following:

  • Cash Donations: 1 Credit Hour/Donation (2 hours maximum*)
  • Blood Donations (Ages 17+): 5 Credit Hours/Donation

Kia Green

Community Outreach Director


821 Via de la Paz, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

(P) 310 454 5591 ext 1511 (F) 310 573 0060

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Kia Green
Social Responsibility Coordinator
Palisades-Malibu YMCA
821 Via de la Paz
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
(310) 454-5591 ext 1511
(310) 573-0060 fax

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