Membership Info

Membership:

To qualify for membership with the Sikh Honor and Service Society this year, you must:

  • Pay semester dues of $20
  • Have a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Complete 20 hours of community service a year
    • A minimum of 10 hours through events associated with the Jakara Movement
      • *In the case a local Jakara Movement Misl does not exist in your region, please contact your community organizer to determine how your hours will be allocated.

Tracks:
There are 2 tracks for the Sikh Honor and Service Society

  1. Excellence Track - honors those that achieve academic and service excellence throughout their high school years
    1. Class of 2014 - maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 + 2 semesters of SHSS
    2. Class of 2015 - maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 + 3 semesters of SHSS
    3. Class of 2016 - maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 + 5 semesters of SHSS
    4. Class of 2017 - maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 + 6 semesters of SHSS
  2. Merit Track - honors those that achieve academic improvement and service excellence based on particular semesters of participation

Benefits of membership:

  • Membership in a nationally recognized honor and service society
  • Local activities that provide students with resources and skills of leadership and service.
  • Annual recognition during your membership
    • Students who maintain active membership for both semesters will be recognized annually.
    • Students who maintain active membership for 6 out of 8 semesters with the Sikh Honor & Service Society will be recognized at a special graduation ceremony.

Maintaining Membership:
Each semester students will re-apply to become members of the Sikh Honors and Service Society. At the end of the semester the Misl Secretary or Community Organizer will determine which students are qualified members.

Community Service Hours:
Of the 20 hours per semester, a minimum of 10 hours must be received through Jakara Movement events. The Jakara Movement has a number of misl events planned in each local region; contact your Misl Secretary to find out what events are planned. The remaining 10 hours can be acquired through any organization. However, students must obtain pre-approval for these hours. Be sure to contact your Misl Secretary or Community Organizer to for pre-approval.

If a misl does not currently exist in the region, than SHSS candidates can help constitute a Jakara Movement Misl.  

Managing Service Hours:
Community Service hours will be tracked by both the students and a Jakara Movement representative. It is the student's responsibility to download the form and bring it to each of the volunteer events to receive appropriate documentation. A signature is required by an authorized personnel at the location where volunteer hours are being accrued. In the case that the student fails to bring his/her form he/she must make arrangements with the Misl Secretary or Community Organizer. The Misl Secretary or Community Organizer will also keep a log of the volunteer’s hours. At the end of the year, the Misl Secretary or Community Organizer will notify students of their hours. At any time, the student can send an email to their Jakara Movement representative to check their hours.

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