Becoming involved in your school community can be rewarding on many levels. Not only is it a great way to meet new people and build relationships, but being involved in extracurricular activities can also help you develop various skills and experiences which will benefit your post-secondary endeavours.
Most schools offer a wide range of extracurricular activities for students to participate in. Some of these can include:
- Competitive sports teams
- Intramural sports teams
- Drama Club
- Arts Club
- Academic Clubs (ex. Chess club, math club)
- Language Clubs
- Environmental Committee
- Social Justice and Diversity Group
- Peer Mentoring Programs
These are just a few examples – your school might offer other programs and after-school clubs.
One of the best ways to get involved in your school community is to join the Students’ Council. The Students’ Council is similar to a student governing body; it is meant to engage youth in the school community while providing opportunities to learn about and practice democracy as well as leadership skills. Young people who are involved in the Students’ Council can influence the morale, or ‘spirit’ of the school by organizing activities and events for the entire student body. In terms of post-secondary pursuits, young people involved in the Students’ Council can demonstrate that they have experience in student-led leadership and organizing, which looks great on a College/University application as well as a resume!
Stay tuned for Part 2: How to Get Involved in Your School Community.