The SVA Service Award is a free way for volunteers to record and be recognised for their volunteering and service hours. The five level badge based system and CV building tools helps young people in Tasmanian public schools and employment hubs develop resilience, confidence, agency and employability.
The SVA Service Award is delivered in partnership between Volunteering Tasmania and the Student Volunteer Army and seeks to:
- Help change a young persons trajectory - volunteering is effective in improving a young persons resilience, confidence, agency and employability.
- Link volunteering with education - young people can see the educational benefit of their volunteering that can be missed without personal reflection and quantification of their work.
- Improve equity - Young people who care for others are often unable to participate in extracurricular activities and often those without community networks are disadvantaged when looking for work, building social connections, in an emergency and for health and wellbeing support.
- Reduce pressure on teachers - Teachers have a formal, easy to use, way to track, organise and understand the volunteering efforts of their students.
- Supporting volunteering organisations - The volunteering sector reports a need for young people to reinvigorate programs and groups every year - we are wanting to change that.
The SVA Service Award automatically generates a CV of Volunteering (Summary of Service) to acknowledge the work young volunteers are doing in their community and the skills they've learned.
Through this program, young people under 25 years old can access the SVA Service Award app through eligible schools and Jobs Hubs. Eligible schools will receive physical badges to recognise volunteer progress. All eligible young people have access to their Summary of Service.