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Service Awards 

About the Program


In an effort to engage high school (grades 9-12) aged youth in service and to support the development of Georgia’s citizens who are committed to life-long service to their communities, the Georgia Commission for Serve and Volunteerism (GCSV) instituted the Georgia Student Service Award (GSSA). The goal of this award is to recognize teenagers who make significant contributions in their communities through volunteer service.

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To qualify for the Georgia Student Service Award, a graduating senior student must complete a minimum of 300 service/volunteer hours (or an average of 75 service/community hours per year). Graduating seniors who reach the milestone will receive a certificate and a red/white/blue service cord to be worn at graduation ceremonies.

To participate, a member of the school staff must act as sponsor/administrator and register their school at this website, then submit student information and service hours using the online registration link. The sponsor/administrator is responsible for certifying student hours. This record of service may only include direct contact hours/ hours on task, although students may count participation hours from all 5 stages (IPARC/D) of a service-learning project.

Graduating seniors must have ALL eligible hours submitted by April 15th to qualify for the award. No exceptions will be made. The school sponsor/administrator must submit the sum of eligible hours in the GCSV system by this date for their graduating seniors to qualify for the award.


Service can be performed through school sponsored activities and/or through outside organizations such as churches, Boy/Girl Scouts and other civic clubs. Both public and private schools are eligible to participate in the Georgia Student Service Award program. Home schooled students may also participate if hours can be certified by an adult. Schools may have students log their hours using their certification form or students can download the Service Log. The type of documentation should be submitted to the sponsor/administrator by early April. After the school staff registers with our system, service hours for Senior students can be entered by the sponsor/administrator as they are completed. Please note that court-ordered service does not qualify a student for this award.

The GCSV is the division of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) whose mission is the promotion and support of service and volunteerism by Georgians in communities across the State.

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